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A New Day in Public Health in Ohio!
A New Day in Public Health in Ohio!

"It’s a new day in public health in Ohio,” says Director of Health Amy Acton, MD, MPH. As part of National Public Health Week celebrations, Director Acton has challenged ODH employees to show what public health means to them.

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“OHIW chiefs compiled a word cloud to represent our thoughts about the role Public Health plays in Ohio.”  -ODH employee Bobbi B.



“For the STI and HCV team, public health means not just addressing a person’s infection, but also health inequities and social determinants of health.” -ODH employee Karen N. 



“Public health is promoting the safety, health and wellness of Ohio’s adolescents.” -ODH employee Laura R. 



“I have my CPH pin and CHES logo to remind me that I can always continue to expand my knowledge of public health.” -ODH employee Melissa M. 



“The Health Assessment Section protects the public from health risks from chemical hazards in the environment and educates the public on ways to protect themselves and their families.” -ODH employee Gene P. 


“I am very proud of our team and all of the hard work we do to support public health and improving the lives of women and men in Ohio.” -ODH employee Michelle C.



“Bicycle commuting is public health. It keeps people healthy, both physically and mentally, while also helping the environment by decreasing pollution.” -ODH employees Kathleen C. and Sue O. 




“This year, I will be celebrating 40 years of my career in public health, which began in 1979 at UNC-Chapel Hill. Helping people achieve and maintain their “best” health is what Public Health is all about to me!” -ODH employee Linda S. 



“This is public health!” -ODH WIC Program staff


“We all have a passion for analyzing data and working in a field where data are used to develop interventions and policies to reduce chronic disease and improve the health of Ohioans.” -ODH employees 



“Vaccines for children who don’t have health insurance, medical treatment for medically fragile children, and teaching high school students the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.” -ODH employee Debra S. 

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