MedTips: June Awards and Announcements

The Ohio American College of Emergency Physicians has named Dr. Michael Dick the Emergency Medicine Physician of the Year. Dr. Dick is medical director of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center East Hospital, medical director of the Center for Emergency Medical Services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and a clinical professor of emergency medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. The Ohio ACEP Emergency Medicine Physician of the Year recognizes clinicians of unusual merit and celebrates physicians who encourage members to pursue the ideals of emergency medicine. Dr. Dick received the award for the positive impact he has on his patients, colleagues and the specialty of emergency medicine.

AOTA APPOINTS OHIO STATE LEADER TO COMMISSION ON EDUCATION LEADERSHIP POSITION

The American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Commission on Education named Erika Kemp, assistant professor at The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the inaugural chair of the Doctoral Capstone Coordinators-Academic Leadership Council. Over the next two years, Kemp will lead this council in providing guidance for doctoral capstone projects as the number of doctoral-level programs grows across the country.

OHIO STATE AWARDED $3.3M NIH GRANT TO STUDY SPEECH RECOGNITION IN ADULTS WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health, awarded The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center a $3.3 million grant to research speech recognition in adults with acquired deafness that undergo cochlear implantation. The research team in the Department of Otolaryngology, lead by Dr. Aaron Moberly, will determine how a comprehensive approach can predict cochlear implant outcomes after implantation. Currently, speech recognition outcomes vary greatly and this team seeks to identify the sources of poor outcomes and develop rehabilitation protocols for individuals.

ADUNKA ELECTED CHAIR OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AMERICAN COCHLEAR IMPLANT ALLIANCE

The American Cochlear Implant Alliance elected Dr. Oliver Adunka chair of its Board of Directors. Adunka is a professor of otolaryngology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and director of Otology, Neurotology and Cranial Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Adunka previously served as treasurer of the board. The American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a not-for-profit membership organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation by sponsoring research, driving heightened awareness and advocating for improved access to cochlear implants for patients of all ages across the United States.

OHIO STATE HEALTH AND REHABILITATION SCIENCES FACULTY RECEIVES OUTSTANDING DIETETIC EDUCATOR AWARD

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognized Kristen Roberts with the 2021 Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award. Roberts, an assistant professor at The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, teaches a number of courses including Introduction to Nutrition, Nutrition and the Lifecycle and Medical Nutrition Therapy. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award program recognizes teaching, mentoring and leadership activities of faculty in ACEND®-accredited dietetics education programs.

SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND REHABILITATION SCIENCES FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY AWARD

The Society of Automotive Engineers International presented John Bolte, an associate professor at The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award in recognition for his contributions to the transportation safety community. Bolte, who is director of the Injury Biomechanics Research Center and director of the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies, was specifically honored for his worldwide contributions in research and leadership to impact organizations and society. Established in 1987, this award recognizes individuals whose accomplishments include outstanding international research, innovation and contributions to crash injury protection, crash injury biomechanics and crash injury design for all mobility vehicles: land, air, sea and space.

OHIO STATE CENTER FOR PRIMARY CARE INNOVATION AND TRANSORMATION AWARDED $40,000 GRANT

The Center for Primary Care Innovation and Transformation (PCIT) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center was recently awarded a $40,000 grant to collaborate with the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH) and the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI). The project will help address structural racism in California’s public health care systems by facilitating the development of system-level anti-racism plans. Over the next three months, The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center team will also help design a learning program for CAPH/SNI that will help systems to develop their own organizational strategies that embed equity in all aspects of care.

OHIO STATE RECEIVES NATIONAL INJURY PREVENTION AWARD

The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation has granted The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center the ThinkFirst Central Ohio the Chapter of the Year award. This award recognizes a high-performance chapter that demonstrates exemplary service and productivity. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ThinkFirst Central Ohio presented virtual injury prevention programs to local schools, community organizations and partners. Through a team of presenters from the critical care, emergency, trauma and rehabilitation departments, approximately 5,000 people annually hear the ThinkFirst safety message to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries.

GLOBAL ONE HEALTH INITIATIVE AWARDED CDC GRANT TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM IN ETHIOPIA

The Ohio State University Global One Health initiative (GOHi) has been awarded $5.61 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and bolster Ethiopia’s public health system capacity for small- and large-scale disease outbreaks and emergencies. Since 2009, GOHi has been on the front lines in Ethiopia working with in-country partners to strengthen capacity using a One Health approach—one that brings together multiple disciplines working globally to address the spread of disease, promote health and emphasize the connection among humans, animals, plants and the environment. GOHi with participation from Ohio State’s College of Medicine, College of Public Health and College of Veterinary Medicine and additional faculty support from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, will partner with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute and in-country Regional Health Bureaus to accomplish the project.

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