Public Health Symposium

2022 Public and Allied Health Symposium

Are We There Yet? Resiliency, Unity, and the New Normal

Ned E. Baker Keynote: Dr. Amy Acton

Held March 31, 2022

Breakout sessions focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in public health, dietetics, nursing, and other allied health fields.
The Symposium will be offered free of charge.

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

Ned BakerThe 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

2021 – Race and Health During COVID-19

Presenter: Dr. Damon Tweedy is the author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat, selected by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Non-Fiction books of 2015. He has published articles about race and medicine in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) and other medical journals. His columns and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and various other print publications. Dr. Damon Tweedy travels frequently to speak to physicians and clinicians, healthcare companies, medical schools and teaching hospitals, and other organizations involved in health and wellness, about the impact of race on the medical profession at all levels. Dr. Tweedy spoke to a virtual audience of 300 people about how the medical education and health care systems have perpetuated health disparities. He explained the unique challenges and roles of Black healthcare providers in the delivery of health care and described strategies to mitigate the harms of healthcare provider bias and patient mistrust on health outcomes.

2020 - Safe Food, Clean Water, and Public Health

Presenter: Mindy M. Brashears is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, the highest-ranking food safety official in the United States. In this role, Dr. Brashears leads the Office of Food Safety at USDA, overseeing the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which has regulatory oversight for ensuring that meat, poultry and processed egg products are safe, wholesome and accurately labeled.  She also serves as chair of the U.S. CODEX Policy Committee and offers expert scientific guidance to the CODEX Program, an international food standards-setting body of 188 member countries, that protects consumer health and sets international food standards.  Erin Powell is a registered dietitian who works for Michigan State University Extension in Flint, Michigan. She provides leadership to distance education, social media, and policy, systems and environmental change initiatives for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). As Erin is located in Flint, MI, she provided much leadership to material development and program adaptation to meet the needs of residents during the Flint Water Crisis. She received her undergraduate degree in dietetics from Ohio State University and her graduate degree in nutrition from Kent State University, where Erin also completed her dietetic internship.

Symposium Recording

2019 - Is Marijuana Good for Public Health

Presenter: Dr. Norbert Kaminski received his BA in Chemistry from Loyola University of Chicago and an MS and PhD in Toxicology & Physiology from North Carolina State University. He has served as Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology at Michigan State University since 1988 and was appointed as the Director of the Institute for Integrative Toxicology at MSU in 2004. Dr. Kaminski has published over 150 peer-reviewed, scholarly articles detailing the effects of cannabinoids on human immune system functioning. His current research involves signal transduction events initiated through as well as independently of cannabinoid receptors, including the peroxisome proliferator activated receptor (PPARy), leading to aberrant cytokine gene expression by T lymphocytes.

2018 - Superbugs! Antibiotic Resistance Matters

Presenter: Dr. Shannon Manning, a Michigan State University (MSU) associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG), earned her M.P.H. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (UM) in 1998 and 2001. For her postdoctoral training, she served as an emerging infectious diseases research fellow through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and held positions at UM and MSU. She joined the MMG faculty in 2010. Her current research focuses on the molecular epidemiology, evolutionary genetics, and pathogenesis of bacterial pathogens including diarrheagenic Escherichia coli and Streptococcus agalactiae , which she has been studying since 1996.

2017 - ­ Climate Changes Your Health: How a Warmer Earth affects the Air, Land and Water

Presenter: Dr. Shannon Orr, BGSU associate professor and environmental policy expert
Orr 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.

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.

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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

Updated: 02/22/2022 09:55AM