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.
Kent State University’s College of Public Health has received accreditation from the Board of Councilors of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The five-year span is the maximum term the college could have achieved as a first-time applicant.
To earn the accreditation, the college met a set of rigorous quality standards in the areas of teaching, research and service. Accreditation also affirms that the faculty of the college are highly qualified to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a health career.
Mark Kretovics, Ph.D., associate professor of higher education administration and student personnel at Kent State University and a resident of Kent, Ohio, has been named interim dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services, effective July 1, 2015.