Public Health Alumni News & Updates

Catch up on the latest news and updates from public health alumni! And share your news or update with fellow alumni, students, faculty and others at the College of Public Health and Ohio State if you have recently changed jobs, earned a promotion, made a difference in your community or work, gotten married, received an award, had a child, etc.

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Emily Manning, MPH '17

Emily met Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday, April 13 in Cincinnati as part of an Opioid epidemic round table discussion.

Anton Johnson, MHA '16

MHA 2016 Alum Anton Johnson, Phil Weiss, and Chris Kvale recently went on an Italian exploration trip together. The 3 used the international trip to reunite post-graduate school, rest from work, and professionally challenge each other through reflection and conversation.

N. Rafeld, MHA '90

After almost 38 years, Christine retired from the Heinzerling Community, an organization in Columbus that provides residential care for non-ambulatory children and adults with severe or profound developmental disabilities. During her retirement party, she was honored by a visit from John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of Disabilities, who presented a certificate of recognition for her service signed by Governor Kasich and himself. It was her honor to work at Heinzerling and she is thankful for the opportunities she had to grow both personally and professionally, including obtaining her MHA. She is now looking forward to exploring other interests and enjoying more free time in her retirement.

Jim Hartman, MS '92

Jim received his MS in Preventive Medicine in 1992 and worked at Columbus Public Health until 2014 when he retired. He will be swimming at the Gay Games 10 in Paris, France, in August 2018.

Chad Selmek, BSPH '17

Chad recently accepted a new position with OhioHealth as a Financial Advocate in the post-ED Transition of Care Clinic at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Isaac "Ike" Ferguson, Ph.D, PhD '74, MS '73

Isaac and his wife have lead volunteer medical training teams to several countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and India since retiring 10 1/2 years ago. Having worked as the director of Humanitarian Service and the Thrasher Research Fund for the LDS Church, volunteering has been a natural fit. They have been involved in maternal and newborn care (Helping Babies Breathe, Essential Care for Every/Small Baby, and Helping Mothers Survive: Bleeding after Birth), directed national vision screening initiatives for children in Eastern Europe, and prepared physical rehabilitation centers to construct and fit wheelchairs for needy patients. They have made more than 60 trips to 8 countries during their retirement.

Cynthia Anderson, MPH '14

In January 2018, Cynthia started a new position as the External Quality Review Org (EQRO) Contract Program Manager for the Ohio Department of Medicaid Office of Health Research and Quality.

Leslie Martin, MPH '08

Leslie L. Martin, MPH, CFRE has recently accepted a position as the Director of Development & Major Gifts at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center.

Dr. Canise Bean, MPH '95

Dr. Canise Bean was named the recipient of the ADEAGies Foundation Award for Vision- Dental Educator. The Gies Awards are named after the legendary biochemist and founder of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, William J. Gies, PhD. He is considered the "Father of Modern Dentistry". Award recipients, individuals and organizations, are honored for exemplifying the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership. Dr. Bean received her award at the 2018 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session and Exhibition in Orlando, FL, March 2018.

Kristen Cowan, BSPH '16

Kristen is graduating in May with her MPH from Emory University.