College of Public Health Newsletter

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Dean Alemagno
Message from the Dean

Happy New Year! The new year and new semester mark the beginning of an exciting chapter at the College of Public Health. In 2020, we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the college. This fall, we will bring together the many individuals, organizations, faculty, alumni and students that have made our first 10 years possible to celebrate this important milestone. Please save the date for Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, to reflect on our accomplishments and celebrate the bright future of our college with our friends and supporters. I will provide more details with you this spring.

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Students at the World Health Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters
 Drs. Brewer and Bhatta Engage Students in Geneva

In May of 2019, Dr. Thomas Brewer and Dr. Madhav Bhatta led 26 students to Geneva, Switzerland for the World Health Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters.

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Dr. Chris Woolverton
Dr. Woolverton in Italy and Indonesia

This year, Dr. Christopher Woolverton from the College of Public Health and Dr. Pam Stephenson from the College of Nursing, accompanied 20 students to the Florence Health Institute for a month-long study abroad experience.

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Dr. Deric Kenne
Big Year for Dr. Kenne

Congratulations to Dr. Deric Kenne, associate professor, and his team on receiving a 5-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Dr. Kenne was also the recipient of the Change Maker in Mental Health Literacy award for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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News & Celebrations

Kristina Knight
Congratulations, Kristina Knight

Social and Behavioral Sciences Assistant Professor, Kristina Knight, was presented the 2019 Community Services award at the recent APHA conference in Philadelphia.

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Cindy Widuck
Community Health Worker Certificate Program

Cindy Widuck, lecturer in the College of Public Health, is working to create a Community Health Worker Certificate Program.

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Dr. Tom Brewer

Dr. Brewer Awarded The Podiatry Foundation Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Tom Brewer, associate professor of Health Policy and Management, for receiving a $59,820 grant to conduct policy surveillance of Medicaid statutes and regulations related to coverage for podiatric medical services.

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Tracy Schlemmer
Welcome, Tracy Schlemmer

We welcome Kent State alumna, Tracy Schlemmer, ’93, to the College of Public Health as our external relations officer! Tracy’s background is in healthcare, public relations, volunteer services and foundation work.

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Rapid Focus Group Study Provides Input for Preparedness Planning in Ohio Health Departments

Each year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awards more than $10 million to local health departments in Ohio for public health emergency preparedness and response. A team of faculty and students in the College of Public Health was recently called upon to help local public health preparedness leaders tasked with developing recommendations for CDC-funded preparedness activities in the years ahead.

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Student & Alumni Success

Jordan Smith
Run the World 5K Winner - Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith, a non-traditional first-year public health student in the Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine program, participated in the Run the World 5K.

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Students at the PVA Summit.
Student Research/ Accomplishments

Brook Blakey is a graduate of the BSPH concentration in Clinical Trials Research. She did her internship with Dr. Monique Washington at the Louis Stokes Veteran’s Administration Hospital in the Spinal Cord Injury Department.

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Bahamian Hygiene Drive - P’Ashe Jones

P’Ashe Jones is a second-year epidemiology doctoral student from the Bahamas who plans to return to her home in the Bahamas and work for either the Ministry of Health or another government agency such as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

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Alumni Giving Back

Special thanks to alumni who returned to Kent State to volunteer with current CPH students this past fall: Alexander Evans, Laurie Ann Moennich, Shelby Barnes, Jenna Brinker, Alexander Evans, Alex Hoopes and Diana Kingsbury. If you are an alumnus and are interested in volunteering with current CPH students, contact Shelby Barnes, CPH alumni president, at

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College of Public Health Students at the Homecoming Parade.
Homecoming Recap

The College of Public Health participated in the 2019 Homecoming Parade on Sept. 21 with the theme “Creating a healthier nation in one generation.”

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