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Winter 2014


News Briefs


Application Deadline for Summer Semester Approaches. Call (330) 672-6500 M-F 8-5


24 Kent State and Case Western Reserve Students will Travel to Geneva in May for the Fourth Global Health Immersion Course, Focusing on Global Health Policy and Programs


Seven Students will Study the History, Culture and Public Health Systems of Latin America during the Summer Intersession Course in Colombia and Guatemala in May
Public Health Student Alliance Plans Extensive Community-Service Activities for Spring Semester 2013

Congratulations to Peggy Shaffer-King, Lecturer, Social & Behavioral Sciences, the College's New Director of Student Services, Coordinating Recruitment, Advising and Retention Programs


Free Biostats Tutoring Offered. Help with Statistical Problems, Data Analysis and Use of Statistical Software for Course Assignments, Practicum Projects and Dissertations. Contact Scott Grey, Ph.D., or Abbey Eng, Ph.D.


Health Policy & Management Department Moves to Moulton Hall, Second Floor


Jacob Peterson, BSPH, Advances to Master's Degree Program in Environmental Health Sciences. Carissa Bowlin, MPH '14, Advances to Doctoral Study in Health Policy & Management and Sunita Shakya, MPH '13, Advances to Doctoral Study in Epidemiology.  Peter Ossai Advances to Doctoral Candidacy in Health Policy & Management. Aimee Budnik, Madonna Igah and Julie Schaefer Advance to Candidacy in the Prevention Science Doctoral Program.

Tegan Beechey, Doctoral Student and Graduate Assistant, is Working with the Center for Community Solutions in Health Policy. Kolade Olabode, Master's Student and Nigerian Physician, is Working with University Health Services on Reaccreditation and Global Student Health.

Amy Alexander Lyzen, MPH '13, Continues in her Role as Research Coordinator for Summa Health System, Taking on More Projects Post-Graduation

Uche Adigwe, MPH '12, has Joined Columbus Public Health as a Sanitarian in Training

Congratulations to All

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Dear Friend of the College,

Through the stories in this issue, I invite you to get to know our college's people more personally the newsletter is chock full of profiles of our faculty, students and partners and their important work in service to public health.

You'll meet several of our recent BSPH graduates and read about their new jobs. Our premier bachelor's degree program has grown quickly to have among the largest enrollments nationally, just over 700, and we hope it will be among the first to be accredited before long. Learn what some new alumni and their employers have to say about it.

Reading further, get to know the outstanding individuals teaching the leadership and organizational change cohorts in our two-year Health Policy & Management master's program for experienced full-time working adults. The depth of the faculty's experience and their research accomplishments are most impressive our fast-moving, pioneering college is attracting the best. We introduced you to some of the cohort students in the last issue, and that article remains available online. Meet them, and you'll have a complete picture regarding this signature degree program. Should you be moved to want to come along on this educational adventure, we're presently enrolling for cohorts on our Twinsburg and Trumbull campuses for August 2014, with spaces still available.

In additional articles, you'll learn about the Northeastern Ohio people we're helping through some of the applied research and consulting work of our college community: a project to enable greater protection and promotion of public health in Portage County and a comprehensive community health needs assessment for the five-county area served by the three Akron hospital systems.

We've also tucked in a profile of one of our new doctoral students planning to conduct much-needed research regarding how insurance coverage affects healthcare purchasing behavior. Finally, get to know me more personally through an article about my research passion for helping adolescents at high risk for substance abuse.

The college's people are enabling the enormous strides we've taken in the past four years since our founding, and I thank and salute them. We all would relish the opportunity to get to know you more personally take a course, teach a course, support a struggling student with a scholarship, offer your best advice to a graduate looking for work or join one of our advisory boards. I guarantee a gratifying personal experience.

Dr. Sonia Alemagno, Dean


Kent State is Pioneer in Rigorous, Yet Flexible, BSPH Degree

Traditionally, to punch your ticket to work professionally in public health, you had to have a master's degree. Historically, many colleges of public health offered only graduate degrees. But barriers are coming down. Entry-level jobs that required a MPH increasingly are open to holders of exceptional bachelor's degrees, like the one offered by Kent State's College of Public Health.  (Photo, L-R: Rubens, Mellott, Boulter, Graham, Bevan)

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College Helps Akron Hospitals Complete Community Health Needs Assessment

Akron Children's Hospital, Akron General Health System and Summa Health System recently completed a community health needs assessment (CHNA) that will assist the hospital systems in guiding and prioritizing their efforts over the next three years. The hospitals hired the college to provide consulting and technical assistance, which included synthesizing a wide variety of epidemiological data, conducting interviews and focus groups with local community stakeholders and assisting in developing a prioritized action plan. Willie H. Oglesby, Ph.D., assistant professor of Health Policy & Management, led the college's assistance to the hospital systems.

Faculty Teaching Twinsburg, Trumbull MPH Cohort Bring Tremendous Talent
WeintraubThe faculty members teaching in the MPH degree in Health Policy & Management, leadership and organizational change concentration, bring vast real-world public health experience to their teaching. They work directly and closely with the students enrolled in the program, who come to Kent State's Twinsburg or Trumbull campuses one night a week for two years to participate as cohorts of experienced full-time working adults. (Photo:  Philip Weintraub)


Study of Potential Collaboration in Portage Gains Momentum

Milestones are being reached in the college's projects to assist three health departments in Portage County consider new models of working together.  Ravenna and Kent, along with the Portage County Health Department, are examining cross-jurisdictional sharing arrangements to enable greater protection and promotion of public health. In addition, the college is assisting the Ravenna and Portage County health departments in their efforts to consolidate operations. Work over the past several months has involved analyses and briefings to aid elected officials in decision-making and research on the projected costs of certification by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

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High-Risk Adolescents have an Advocate in Alemagno

Ask Dean Sonia Alemagno to name her research passion, and you won't wait a millisecond for the answer: substance abuse in society's most vulnerable adolescents who are also at high risk for mental illness, homelessness and a host of other problems. Despite the dean's jam-packed schedule leading the College of Public Health, Alemagno makes time to find answers for prevention and intervention.

Doctoral Student Birmingham Brings Economic Outlook

Most everyone today, whether in public health or not, is keeping an eye on the Lauren_Birminghamrollout of universal healthcare through the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the extension of Medicaid being offered now by 26 U.S. states. New doctoral student Lauren Birmingham, MA '10, BBA '09, BA '09, is watching the development especially closely. A healthcare economist, she's recently enrolled in the college to burnish her credentials in health policy and management. Her main research interest is the effect of health insurance incentives on consumer consumption behavior and health outcomes.

Faculty Research, Publications Proceed Apace

The college takes enormous pride in the pioneering work of our faculty and students who are constantly creating, discovering and leading the discourse in their disciplines. Recent research has examined MRSA, hand hygiene, use of Twitter to discuss physical activity and numerous other topics.

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