Engaged Students

Several CPH students and alumni presented at this year’s APHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta (CPH students/alumni are highlighted in bold).  The breadth of their research efforts is impressive.  Congratulations to all of them and their CPH faculty mentors:


Ryan Burke, MPH, Justin Lavin Jr., MD, Vinay K. Cheruvu, PhD, Lynette Phillips, PhD, MSPH, and Melissa Zullo, PhD, MPH, MA.  Understanding patient and physician factors in the mode of birth decision making process among women with a prior Cesarean: A multilevel analysis.


Shelly Evans, MEd, and Maggie Stedman-Smith, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, Looking from the Outside In: Hurdles Faced by Refugees during Acculturation into American Life as Perceived by Refugee Service Providers.


Kelsey Hamilton, MPA, Lynn Falletta, Ph.D., Rebecca Fischbein, PhD, Julie Aultman, Ph.D. and Deric Kenne, PhD.  Perceptions of Child Protective Services among Pregnant, Opioid-Using Women in Substance Abuse Treatment.


Neda Kasim, MA, and Maggie Stedman-Smith, PhD, MPH, MS, RN.  Exploring Arab-American Parental Perceptions about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Decision-Making Processes for Vaccine Uptake by their Daughters.


Diana M. Kingsbury, PhD; Madhav P. Bhatta, PhD, Brian Castellani, PhD, Aruna Khanal, Eric Jefferis, PhD, & Jeffrey S. Hallam, PhD. Role of Social Networks in Providing Social Support to Resettled Female Refugees During Pregnancy in the United States.


Rachael Nolan, MPH, CPH, Wanda Mullins, BSN, MPH, RN, CIC, Claire Wilson, RN, Shellee Wandel, MSN, RN NE-BC, Gabriella Boehm, MPH, Hannah Crawford, BSPH, Jeffrey S. Hallam, PhD and Sheryl Chatfield, PhD. Process evaluation of a community-based participatory approach research to improve hand hygiene compliance among acute care nurses.  


Hilla Sang, MBA. Geographical disparities in tobacco use education: Results from the 2014 School Health Policies and Practices Study.


Carissa Smock, MPH, PhD, Lynn Falletta, PhD, Matthew Nichols, MPH, Peter Leahy, PhD and Ken Slenkovich, MA.  Lessons learned from a multi-hospital Community Health Needs Assessment: Methods for moving forward.


Carissa Smock, MPH, PhD, Naomi Carlson, MPH and Matthew Nichols, MPH, Score it but will they come? STAT: A spatiotemporal tool to link trail quality and use.  


Ryan Burke (PhD Candidate in Epidemiology) had a poster presentation at the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.  Prenatal care providers' perspectives and practices for women with a previous C-section.  Ryan Burke, Melissa Zullo, Justin Lavin, Vinay Cheruvu, Lynette Phillips.


The College of Public Health is pleased to announce that Josie Bonnette, MPH candidate in the Social and Behavioral Sciences specialization, was hired by the Delaware, Ohio General Health District as a Community Health Specialist, beginning on January 2, 2018. Ms. Bonnette will initially be working on grant-funded falls prevention efforts directed toward older adults, and looks forward to assisting with a variety of other programs that help improve health for district residents. She found this opportunity as a result of her MPH practicum work with the Trumbull County Combined Health District. This is another example of how KSU MPH graduates are working to improve public health throughout Ohio.


Mitchell Dandurand, MPH (2015) data analyst at the Lorain County General Health District, has assumed additional duties as their Continuous Quality Improvement Coordinator following the health department’s being granted PHAB accreditation status recently.  Congratulations to Mitchell, Dave Covell (Lorain County Health Commissioner), and all the staff there for this significant accomplishment.