College of Public Health Partners With Summit County Health Department to Identify Infected Mosquitoes
With help from Kent State University College of Public Health students, the Summit County Health Department discovered West Nile virus infected mosquitoes in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park this summer.
Through partnerships with local health departments, the College of Public Health offers many opportunities for students to work in the public health field. Students work with faculty members to assist in community health needs assessments and various other services.
“We’re here to train the next generation of public health professionals and to serve the local health departments in their efforts,” says College of Public Health Assistant Dean Ken Slenkovich.
As part of the public health program at Kent State, students are required to gain practical experience working in a public health field. These practicums allow students to network in the community to expose them to local health issues.
“We’ve already had some success in students landing jobs as a result of those field experiences,” says Slenkovich. “One of our students has just been hired by the Stark County Health Department as an epidemiologist.”
Terry Tuttle, Summit County Environmental Health supervisor, says Kent State students help the department’s efforts across the board, whether assisting with preventing rabies outbreaks or environmental disease identification.
“They’ve been pretty helpful and useful,” he says. “We’d like to continue our relationship with the Kent State College of Public Health.”
For more information about the College of Public Health, visit www.kent.edu/publichealth.