Public Health Symposium

2nd Annual Public Health Symposium

“Climate Changes Your Health: How a Warmer Earth affects the Air, Land, and Water”

Ned E. Baker Keynote Speaker
Dr. Shannon Orr, Bowling Green State University
associate professor and environmental policy expert
Thursday, April 13, 2017
8:00 a.m. - noon
308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union



8:00 – Registration and refreshments

8:30 – 10 a.m. – Keynote speaker

Dr. Shannon Orr, BGSU associate professor and environmental policy expert, as the Ned E. Baker Keynote Speaker

10 - 10:15 a.m. – Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Panel discussion with community experts

Dr. Tim Davis, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Dr. Shannon Pelini, BGSU Department of Biological Sciences; and Ryan Wichman, WTOL meteorologist.

11:45 a.m. – Noon – Q&A

Dr. Shannon Orr is an associate professor of political science at Bowling Green State University. She has been studying climate change for more than a decade, and has attended a number of the United Nations climate change treaty negotiations, most recently in Paris in 2015. Her research has focused extensively on the role of competing interests in the negotiations, and has included a number of international surveys, as well as extensive interviews with government delegates, activists and business representatives.   

She is the author of the book Environmental Policymaking and Stakeholder Collaboration: Theory and Practice (CQ Press: ASPA Series in Public Administration and Public Policy, 2013), a critical appraisal of why environmental policies fail and succeed. The book provides policy makers with the keys to navigating complicated environmental issues and stakeholder negotiations. It covers theories in environmental policy making and stakeholder management, compares and contrasts failed and successful process and policy, and includes practical guidelines and tools for the practitioner.

She is also the co-editor of a forthcoming book "Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond” with Palgrave Macmillan. This book brings together reflections from seventy academics – everyone from doctoral students to a retired provost – who share their lived experiences in graduate school and beyond

She has published research in a wide variety of academic journals including Global Environmental Politics, Policy Studies Journal, State and Local Government Review, American Review of Politics, Journal of Natural Resources Policy, American Journal of Evaluation, Public Opinion Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, International Journal of Politics and Ethics and State Politics and Policy Quarterly among others.   

Dr. Timothy Davis has spent the last 11 years studying the ecology of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Davis completed his Bachelor of Science at Southampton College of Long Island University in 2004. He then moved to Stony Brook University where he conducted his dissertation research focusing on understanding the environmental drivers of HABs in the several lakes throughout the northeast USA including Lake Erie and Lake Champlain.  

After he completed his dissertation in 2009, Davis moved to Brisbane, Australia to continue his work at the Australian Rivers Institute. He spent the next two years studying the ecology of the toxic HABs that occur in drinking water reservoirs that serve the greater Brisbane population of almost two million people.  

In 2012, Davis moved to the Canadian Center for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario. For the next year he investigated the water quality and harmful algal bloom issues in Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and Lake Winnipeg.

Davis currently works for NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, MI. He leads GLERL's HAB monitoring and research program which supports critical NOAA HAB forecasting products and is also an adjunct research scientist at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Shannon Pelini is an assistant professor in biological sciences at BGSU. Her research expertise is in invertebrate, community, and global change ecology. She seeks to understand how invertebrate community responses to climate change, fertilization, and disturbance affect carbon dioxide emissions, Great Lakes eutrophication, primary production, and other processes.

Ryan Wichman joined WTOL in March 2011 as a meteorologist, coming from a television station in Quincy, Illinois. He also co-hosts WTOL Your Day. He grew up not far from Toledo in Bowling Green, Ohio.

The dream of becoming a meteorologist took Wichman to Western Illinois University after high school. Working at the campus television station eventually landed his first job in Quincy.

It was the time spent in Illinois that he discovered his favorite hobby, storm chasing. In the last few years, he has traveled as far as Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas chasing the worst weather he could find.  

Continuing Education Units are pending.

Cost: $40.00

FREE to all local health department employees in Ohio and Michigan, and Bowling Green State University and University of Toledo faculty and students.


**Seating is limited**

For more information, contact Jamie Schimmoeller at or 419-372-6040.

BGSU's College of Health and Human Services hosts an annual Public Health Symposium with the Ned E. Baker keynote address.


Ned Baker

The Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health was established in 1999 to honor Baker's many contributions to the field of Public Health. Ned Baker received a bachelor of arts degree in 1950 from Bowling Green State University and a master of public health degree in 1954 from the University of Michigan. In December 2009, he was presented an honorary doctor of science in public health degree by BGSU, and in April 2010 he was named one of BGSU's Most Prominent Alumni. Baker's professional career included service as a sanitarian with the Wood County Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health, a health planner and associate executive director for the Health Planning Association of Northwest Ohio and director for the Northwest Ohio Area Health Education Center at the Medical College of Ohio. He served 12 years on the Wood County Board of Health, including two terms as its president. In 1992, he was a founding member of the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH). As NALBOH's first executive director, 1995-98, he established the association's headquarters in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Past Lectures

2015 - ­ Social Media and Risk Communication

Presenter: Dr. Bechara Choucair, Senior Vice President for Safety Net Transformation and Community Benefit, Trinity Health.

Choucair discussed how social media can strengthen overall public health communication; how social media strategies implemented in Chicago and NW Ohio improved public health; the evaluation findings of social media used by the Chicago Department of Public Health and NW Ohio; and how to engage key community partners to incorporate innovation and technology into public health planning.

View the 2015 Ned E. Baker Lecture

2014 - Academic Health Departments: Strengthening the Quality and Performance of Public Health Practice

Presenter: C. William Keck, MD, MPH, FACPM, Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University, and former director of health for the City of Akron.

As the role of public health has changed over the years, the need to respond to those changes has been important. Keck highlighted the challenges currently facing local departments of health and discussed the synergistic roles of public health practitioners, clinicians and academics in this era of health service delivery reform.

View the 2014 Ned E. Baker Lecture

2013 – Leading the Way to Healthier Communities: How Leadership Can Strengthen Public Health

Presenters: Dr. Judy Jackson May, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Educational Administration and Leadership Studies, Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Patrick Pauken, Vice Provost for Governance and Faculty Relations and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Bowling Green State University

Through the leadership lens of authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner and their ten truths of organizational leadership, the presenters applied research practices to the field of public health. The presentation explored how to create a culture of quality and excellence in organizational performance, demonstrated effective governance through leadership, identified successful keys for maintaining excellence in organizational performance, and provided examples of leadership practices to connect constituent vision through Kouzes and Posner’s five examples of exemplary leadership.

2012 - Telling the Public Health Story - How to Affect Policy, Engage Elected Officials and Inspire Citizens 

Presenter: Andy Goodman, Director, The Goodman Center

Since we first began talking to each other, telling stories has been an effective way to capture attention, engage an audience, and motivate them to act. Modern technology has given us new tools to help us communicate – think Twitter and Facebook to name just two – but in our fervor to remain cutting edge and professional in public health, we often ignore our natural inclination to tell a good story. Andy Goodman explained why he believes storytelling remains the single most powerful communication tool we possess, and offered specific ways organizations can use stories to advance their mission in public health.

2011 - Using Social Marketing to Strengthen Public Health Policies

Kristen Grimm, founder and president of Spitfire Strategies, was the speaker for the 2011 Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health.  Ms. Grimm discussed using marketing "to help get people to do the public health behaviors we want them to do."

Information was presented concerning how public health policy makers can prepare their communities for policy changes, including how proven persuasive strategies can support adoption of public health policies.  Key concepts to build into public health policies were identified that would  increase effectiveness and avoid unintended consequences.  Concluding comments included how to evaluate the impact of public persuasion on the effectiveness of public health policies.

2010 A Growing Hunger: The Nation's Demand for Food Safety and Nutrition Information

The topic of the 11th annual Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health was "A Growing Hunger: The Nation's Demand for Food Safety and Nutrition Information." A panel of speakers, moderated by Dr. Bruce D. Dart, president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), discussed food safety and nutrition as public health issues. Panel members included Dr. Claudine J. Kavanaugh, an interdisciplinary scientist with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Keith Krinn, administrator of the Environmental Health Division of Columbus (Ohio) Public Health, and Dr. Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

2009 Building a Healthier America

Moderator: J. Nick Baird, M.D. is the chief executive officer of the Alliance to Make US Healthiest, a collaborative effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The Alliance's mission is to transform the nation's health system to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in a healthier world.

Panelists: Stephanie B.C. Bailey, M.D., M.S.H.S.A. is chief of Public Health Practice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her office, which provides leadership in building and supporting public health infrastructure, is responsible for serving as an advocate, guardian, promoter and conscience of public health practice throughout the CDC and in the larger public health community. Bailey was appointed to four national committees by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, including the Advisory Board to the Director of CDC. Panelist: Lt. General Russel Honoré (Ret.), has been dubbed the "Category 5 General" for his work during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Following the destruction of the devastating hurricane, Honoré brought leadership to New Orleans, reminding soldiers to lower their weapons and help those in need, creating a more positive atmosphere as rebuilding began. An expert in preparedness and responding to catastrophe, he offers insights into protecting people and organizations, outlining the principles necessary to lead through unexpected and uncontrollable crises.

Panelists discussed rebalancing public health priorities. As prevention is the key to providing value based health care and emergency disaster management, panelists emphasized that Americans are not getting a good return on health and well being investments in a system that focuses on tertiary involvement.

2008 Institute of Medicine's Future of Public Health 20 Years Later 

Hugh H. Tilson, M.D., is one of the original members of the Institute of Medicine's report on The Future of Public Health. He also contributed to the follow-up report The Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century. He spent 15 years in public service including city/county public health officer and human services director for Multnomah County in Portland, Oregon, and state public health director for North Carolina. He was president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials and spent 15 years with Wellcome Foundation as pharmacoepidemiologist. In 1996, he joined the clinical faculty of University of North Carolina School of Public Health in Chapel Hill.

The content and the impact of the Institute of Medicine's, 1988 report, "The Future of Public Health" was presented. The lessons learned over the last twenty years and how to apply this new understanding to current challenges and opportunities in public health were also discussed.

2007 New Rules for Strengthening the Public Health System

Leslie M. Beitsch, M.D., J.D., is director of the Center for Medicine and Public Health and a professor of health policy at Florida State University. From 2001-2003, he was the commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. He served as deputy secretary and assistant state health officer for the Florida Department of Health from 1997-2001, where he provided guidance and direction for public health programs, the county health departments, the state laboratory and pharmacy. He is a member of the board of directors of the Public Health Foundation and the Public Health Leadership Society.

Public health care standards and their relationship to the Ten Essential Public Health Services were discussed. The benefits of public health accreditation through a voluntary national program which offers the opportunity to increase accountability and improve the quality of public health care services were also presented. Local and state public health leaders were encouraged to act in concert for accreditation to embrace meaningful systems improvement.

2006 Engaging the Public in Public Health

David Mathews, Ph.D., is president, chief executive officer, and trustee of the Kettering Foundation. Before coming to the foundation in 1981, Dr. Mathews served as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Ford administration.

Health professionals have historically worked with communities for effective implementation of public health programs. How public participation is essential to appropriately define health issues, identify acceptable solutions, and guide program implementation was presented.

2005 Working with Local Elected Officials to Improve Public Health

Vaughn Mamlin Upshaw, DrPH, Ed.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health. From 1987-1993, she served as the Director of the Association of North Carolina Boards of Health where she implemented a $400,000 grant funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to develop leadership training and orientation programs for local boards of health. Upshaw was a founding member of the National Association of Local Boards of Health and is a past-president.

The policy environment for local elected officials was discussed as well as identification of the challenges and opportunities for local public health policy. The speaker illustrated ways to elevate public health issues within the local policy-making process and provided examples of local elected officials' support for public health policies.

2004 Local Responsibilities Related to National Environmental Health Priorities

Richard J. Jackson, M.D., MPH, served as division director for both the Division of Infectious Disease Control and the Division of Environmental Hazard Assessment with the California Department of Health Services. Dr. Jackson is the senior advisor to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC's Environmental Health Strategic Plan highlighting priority issues and goals in urban planning, health and mental health care was presented. Delineation of the CDC's local partnership's responsibilities was discussed along with the CDC's time lines for implementation and parameters used to evaluate progress.

2003 Communicating Under Fire: Focus on Public Health Situations

Vincent T. Covello, Ph.D., founder and Director of the Center for Risk Communication, is a nationally and internationally recognized trainer, researcher, consultant, and expert in crisis, conflict, change and risk and crisis communications.

Professionals were provided techniques that could be used to identify effective risk and crisis communication strategies. Additionally, tools and resources available from the CDC to help participants effectively prepare for bio-terrorism emergencies were presented.

2002 The Changing Roles of Local Boards of Health:From Service Provision to Assurance?

Susan Scrimshaw, PhD, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago.

2001 Relationships: Family, Community and Public Health 

Michael E. Bird, MSW, MPH, President of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

2000 Multiple Partnerships: Endless Opportunities

C. William Keck, MD, MPH, Director of the Akron Health Department and Past President of the American and Ohio Public Health Associations