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College leaders recognized at OPHA Annual Meeting

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By Kathryn Stroppel

The Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) Annual Meeting was held remotely October 12-13 with more than 400 participants. More than 50 CPHHS faculty, as well as a number of undergraduate and graduate students, made presentations or participated in poster sessions. 

Marie Harvey, associate dean for research, served as chair of the annual meeting committee. 

During the meeting, Allison Myers, director of the OSU Center for Health Innovation, received the Emerging Leader Award for her leadership, dedication, innovation and creativity, as well as her efforts to build capacity to address a range of factors affecting the public’s health. 

Kinesiology student Thomas Packebush received an Outstanding Student Poster Award for his poster “Extension support of a school-based physical activity program in elementary school settings,” along with Professor and Extension Specialist Kathy Gunter

The OPHA Policy Champion of the Year Award was given to the Oregon State University Tobacco Policy Team for its work to research, craft and advocate for a comprehensive, 100 percent tobacco-free policy for the OSU system. This team comprises co-leads Marion Ceraso, associate professor of practice and Extension specialist; and Marc Braverman, professor and Extension specialist. Campus partners include Christopher Viggiani, director of University Policy and Standards; Jenny Haubenreiser, director of OSU Student Health Services; and students and task force members Julianna Betjemann, Kyle Bjornstad, Sara Caldwell-Kan, Donna Chastain, Terrance Harris, Sara Hartstein, Jon-Michael McDaniel, Carol Millie, Sara Robertson, John Ruyak, Jonathan Stoll, Brian Stroup, McKenna Teltscher and Rachael Weber, as well as alumni Finn Sporrer, MPH; Briana Rockler, MPH; and Julia Winett, BS.