Scholar of the Month | Kent State University

Scholar of the Month

Scholar Helps Promote Community Health

Scholar of the Month
Willie H. Oglesby III
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management
College of Public Health
2009-present

Willie Oglesby is a member of the founding faculty at the College of Public Health. He is an associate professor of health policy and management and also serves as the assistant director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships.

He came to Kent State in 2009 from the University of South Carolina where he served in several research and administrative roles in the School of Public Health and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Health Sciences. Oglesby is a practice-based scholar who uses community-engaged research methodologies to examine and strengthen the systems, methods and policies that promote community health. He publishes across the spectrum of venues that drive system, policy and practice changes at local levels with the goal of translating knowledge into action. His research and practice expertise includes community health needs and assets measurement, sexuality and reproductive health, and economic evaluation of health interventions, with some recent work focused on lifestyle medicine and substance abuse.

Oglesby has worked on a career total of more than $26 million in externally funded projects, including more than $7 million as principal or co-principal investigator. He is a reviewer for several leading academic journals in public health and medicine, including serving as executive editor of the Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health. He is a former policy consultant to the National Academies of Practice and is currently a member of the Lifestyle Medicine Committees for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the American College of Preventive Medicine. In 2010, he was named Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Oglesby received all three of his degrees – a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science in Public Health and a Ph.D. – from the University of South Carolina.

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About Kent State’s Scholar of the Month

Kent State’s Scholar of the Month recognizes faculty researchers and scholars whose recent work has had an important impact on their professional fields and has brought exposure to the university. Each month, a different college will have the opportunity to nominate a researcher/scholar for this recognition. There is also a month when a faculty member from the Regional Campuses will be featured.

The selection process is in the hands of the dean and his or her colleagues and faculty. Hence, this is recognition by the person’s college colleagues that is then taken up by the university. The deans communicate the person’s name to University Communications and Marketing for recognition as Scholar of the Month.