Kent State University graduate student Ashley Smith has a passion to get the public moving and eradicate obesity. As a result of her commitment and contributions to improving the health of the local community, the Ohio Public Health Association is recognizing Smith as a public health champion.
Kent State University’s Division of Student Affairs has partnered with the Jed Foundation Health Matters Campus Program, which is designed to help colleges and universities assess and enhance mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programming.
During the four-year partnership, the Jed Foundation will work closely with administration across the entire Kent State campus system to evaluate and identify opportunities to help students become emotionally healthy before they reach the point of crisis.
In 2009, Shanice Cheatham, who received her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in 2013 and is pursuing a graduate degree in environmental health sciences at Kent State, was told that her father had a 10 percent chance of living after being infected with MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a type of staph bacteria resistant to antibiotics used to treat general staph infections, according to the Mayo Clinic website.