Kent State Professor Named to Health Planning Post
The Kent State University College of Public Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Willie Oglesby III, assistant professor of health policy and management, to the position of William C. and Elizabeth M. Treuhaft Chair in Health Planning for the Center for Community Solutions.
The Center for Community Solutions, established in 1913, is a Cleveland-based nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that focuses on policy and system reform. It provides strategic leadership to improve health, social and economic conditions. The Treuhaft Chair was established in 1981 and has enabled the center to conduct substantive research and program development in the areas of health improvement and public health.
“We are fortunate to have relationships with key academic partners like the College of Public Health at Kent State,” said John Begala, executive director of the Center for Community Solutions. “The addition of scholars like Dr. Oglesby will strengthen our ability to carry on a long tradition of producing high-quality analysis related to health, social and economic conditions in Northeast Ohio. His expertise in public health and health policy couldn’t come at a better time as our community, state and nation work to develop strategies to extend health insurance to the uninsured and reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases.”
“Dr. Oglesby’s appointment to the Treuhaft Chair emphasizes the College of Public Health’s commitment to community-based research that addresses real-world problems,” said Mark James, founding dean of Kent State’s College of Public Health. “This is the type of partnership we value. Not only do community partnerships provide wonderful opportunities for faculty, students will also benefit by developing practical skills they can apply as they launch their careers in public health.”
The Treuhaft Chair endowment will also support a half-time graduate assistant at Kent State’s College of Public Health.
Oglesby recently moved to Kent, Ohio, from Columbia, S.C.
For more information on Kent State’s College of Public Health, visit www.kent.edu/publichealth.
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