CPHHS Professor to receive distinguished alumni award

The CPHHS congratulates Professor Joonkoo (JK) Yun, who will receive the 2018 Graff Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. The award recognizes “achieved honor and distinction with recognition and reputations that extend well beyond the immediate environments in which they live and work.”

CPHHS assistant professor featured for his work with modified toy cars  

Kinesiology Assistant Professor Sam Logan was featured in News & Record, a Greensboro, North Carolina, newspaper. The article highlighted the ride-on modified toy cars for children ages birth to age 3 with limited mobility Sam and his team develop, as part of the Go Baby Go program. Sam presented to a group of 50 therapists February 2 at Gateway Education Center in Greensboro, teaching them how to construct and use the modified cars to benefit the young children they work with.

CPHHS professor featured on Medford television station

Megan McClelland, a Katherine E. Smith endowed professor in child development and director of early childhood research core at Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, was featured on KOBI-TV NBC 5’s Five at 5. Megan was interviewed about optimizing childhood development, as part of Oregon Community Foundation’s Your Place, Our Kids campaign. She spoke about brain development in children and ways that parents and caregivers could increase children’s future success in school. One positive behavior she mentioned in the segment was encouraging active engagement – such as playing, reading, listening and talking with children and babies. She also encourages playing games by incorporating everyday life situations. The early-learning initiative Vroom is one resource to find brain-boosting activities.

CPHHS professor and extension specialist honored for 36 years of program evaluation

Professor and Extension Specialist Marc Braverman received the 2017 Sustained Excellence in Extension Evaluation Award for his more than 36-year contribution to program evaluation. For the past 23 years, Marc has held various leadership and evaluation-focused positions in Extension at The University of California, Davis and Oregon State University, Corvallis. Even after 36 years, he continues to publish regularly in the area of program evaluation methods and health evaluation, with regular contributions to top journals. Marc served as lead editor on the special issue of New Directions, articles from which have been cited and used to frame the scholarly work of other evaluators, both in and beyond Extension. In 2016, he co-authored a book chapter about rethinking evaluation capacity building in youth development programs. Since 2002, Marc has regularly presented papers at AEA through the EEE-TIG on topics ranging from design, methods, special settings and rigor. Marc also regularly teaches a course on social program and policy evaluation at the graduate level at Oregon State University, as well as additional selected evaluation courses in the area of health and education programs.

Three students travel to national sexual violence and prevention conference

Assistant Professor Jessica Gorman accompanied three Health Promotion and Health Behavior graduate students to the 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference in January. The conference focuses “on giving student affairs practitioners the tools to effectively prevent and respond to both sexual and relationship violence on campus through a variety of innovative approaches. Ph.D. student Coral Cotto-Negron presented a pre-conference workshop called “Assessment strategies: planning and implementing an outcome evaluation of in-person bystander intervention programs” with Michelle Bangen, associate director of violence prevention at OSU. She said the workshop provided valuable connections for her dissertation and future career. MPH student Victoria VandeLinde participated in several workshops and presented on a student panel by sharing how her involvement in campus sexual violence prevention has influenced both OSU’s programming and her own career and academic interests. MPH student Amanda Stevens, along with campus advocate Kim Hack, spoke about her work in creating a trauma-informed community at OSU through educating students on how to respond to disclosures of violence in a trauma-informed manner.

Environmental and Occupational Health students recognized at Pacific Northwest conference

Associate Professor Molly Kile and Assistant Professor Sarah Rotenberg, along with Assistant Professor Perry Hystad – who organized the conference and moderated a panel ­­­­­– accompanied Environmental and Occupational Health students to Cascadia 2018, January 4-5, in British Columbia, Canada. The national symposium on environmental, occupational and population health is sponsored by public health schools in the Pacific Northwest. Two CPHHS graduate students – advised by Associate Professor Laurel Kincl – won prizes at the conference for their research projects. Richie Evoy, a doctoral student, won Best Oral Presentation for “Pesticide Usage in the Oregon Cannabis Industry” and Hayley Strenke, an MPH student, won Best Ignite Lightening Talk Presentation for “Crew dynamics and safety in commercial fishing.”

CPHHS professor inducted in North America Society of Health

The CPHHS congratulates Endowed Professor Joonkoo Yun , who will be inducted as a Fellow in the North America Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals. The induction ceremony will be held during the SHAPE American National Convention and Exposition on March 20-24, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.

PhD candidate’s paper accepted into American Journal of Public Health

The CPHHS congratulates public health PhD candidate Rory VanGarde for her paper on the impact of Obamacare on health insurance coverage among young adults, which was accepted into the American Journal of Public Health, an outstanding achievement for a doctoral student! Her collaborators were assistant professors Carolyn Mendez-Luck and Jangho Yoon and Associate Professor Jeff Luck. This research found that health insurance coverage among young Americans increased substantially after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but that important racial and ethnic disparities persist.

CPHHS professor featured as expert in Shape magazine

Professor Melinda Manore, faculty in the Nutrition program, was quoted in a recent article in Shape magazine entitled Natural weight-loss tips to help you hit your goals safely, raising concerns about consumption of “natural weight loss pills” (a $2.4 billion industry in the United States). The article cites Melinda’s previous research of hundreds of natural weight-loss supplements that concluded that there’s very little evidence supporting that any of these supplements result in significant weight loss while, on the contrary, some may have significant adverse effects.

County partners awarded grants

The CPHHS congratulates our county public health department partners, Clackamas County and Lane/Benton/Linn/Lincoln counties, for their successful proposals for Oregon Public Health Modernization Implementation grants. These projects will focus on managing communicable diseases in their regions. Facilitated by partnerships through the OSU Center for Health Innovation, Deborah John, Jeff Bethel, Andy Chuinard, Ann Custer and Gloria Krahn will provide consultation to these projects beginning Dec. 1.

Alumni’s philanthropy far-reaching

The CPHHS extends big congratulations to Home Economics alumna Cathy Rudd, ’78 and her husband Jim, who were presented the Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement by the Association for Fundraising Professionals, Oregon & SW Washington. The couple has extended their generosity to several organizations including OSU, Oregon Health Sciences, United Way, Medical Teams International and Portland Japanese Gardens. The Rudds are members of OSU’s Milton Harris Society, which honors donors of $1 million or greater.

CPHHS associate professor featured on podcast

Associate Professor Katherine MacTavish was recently featured on a BYU radio podcast – Top of Mind with Julie Rose. Katherine talked about discoveries made about residents living in American trailer parks, which were featured in the new book she co-authored “Singlewide: Chasing the American Dream in a Rural Trailer Park.”


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