Center for Global Health


Past Conferences & Workshops


Nov. 19, 2015: Public Health Grand Rounds
Tuberculosis: A Worldwide Killer


  • Steven D. Burdette, M.D., FIDSA, professor of internal medicine, Infectious Disease Fellowship director, Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Amy Schmitt, R.N., B.S.N., Public Health Nurse, Tuberculosis Program manager, Greene County Public Health

In 2013, 9 million persons worldwide developed tuberculosis (TB) and 1.5 million died from the disease, which is estimated to be at least 6,000 years old. The World Health Organization reports that TB is "second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent."

How do we know who has TB? How can we identify those who have been exposed to TB? Who needs treatment and of what kind? This presentation will consider new diagnostic methods and management challenges of this ancient affliction. The target audience is health professionals, educators, students and interested community members.

April 23, 2015: Public Health Grand Rounds
The Affordable Care Act after five years: Expanding health coverage in Ohio

Speaker: Hugh F. “Trey” Daly III, J.D.

photo of hugh "trey" dalyHugh F. “Trey” Daly III, J.D., is the Ohio State Director of Enroll America, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to maximizing the number of Americans who obtain quality, affordable health coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act. He is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington. Prior to joining Enroll America in 2013, he was an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati from 1990 to 2013, focusing on health coverage and disability benefits. For his work on expanding access to health care, he was awarded the 2010 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Community Health Leader award.


  • How many uninsured Ohioans have obtained health coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act?
  • Why do some uninsured people enroll in coverage while others do not?
  • How are people using the coverage they have gained as a result of the ACA?
  • What does the future for health care coverage enrollment look like?

PHAB logoFeb. 26, 2015: Public Health Grand Rounds
Wow! We're accredited! Where are we now and where do we go from here?


  • Erik Balster, M.P.H., R.S., R.E.H.S., Health Commissioner, Preble County General Health District
  • Lynne M. Saddler, M.D., M.P.H., District Director of Health, Northern Kentucky Health Department
  • Matthew A. Stefanak, III, M.P.H., Health Commissioner (retired May 2012), Mahoning County; District Board of Health; Ambassador/Instructor, College of Public Health, Kent State University; Affiliate, Center for Public Policy and Health, Kent State University

Topic: As part of the state's health assessment and health improvement plan, Ohio's public health departments must be accredited to receive state support. The accreditation process is long, complicated and can be disruptive. Erik Balster, a health commissioner who has gone through the process, understands why public health departments may be asking "What's the cost-benefit ratio for health departments that complete the PHAB accreditation process?"

To answer that question, the speakers will provide an overview of what the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) hopes will come from accreditation, followed by real life descriptions of what the accreditation process has accomplished for two health departments. Time will be provided following the presentation for questions from the audience.


photo of ebola virusNov. 14, 2014: Public Health Grand Rounds
Ebola: What we need to know in southwest Ohio

Speakers: Steven D. Burdette, M.D., FIDSA, professor of internal medicine and director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program, Boonshoft School of Medicine; and Amy Schmitt, R.N., B.S.N., public health nurse, Greene County Combined Health District

Topic: This program will present information about Ebola, the current outbreak and the public health response affecting Ohio.

public health dayton and montgomery county logoOct. 23, 2014: Public Health Grand Rounds
Clearing the Air: The Story behind Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County's (PHDMC) Nicotine and Tobacco Policy

Speakers: Jim Gross, M.P.H., Montgomery County Health Commissioner; and Bruce Barcelo, M.S., CTTS, Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Manager, PHDMC; Tobacco-Free Montgomery County Co-Lead; and Ohio Tobacco-Free Alliance Chair-elect

Topic: Creating a nicotine/tobacco-free workplace has been largely addressed by many private sector employers throughout the country.  The public sector has been reluctant to follow this trend. This Public Health Grand Rounds will provide an inside view of how Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County developed and implemented one of the country’s most comprehensive public policies for a nicotine/tobacco-free workplace.

photo of mary whiteApril 15, 2014: Public Health Grand Rounds
Climate Change and Public Health: Uncertain Ethics for Uncertain Times

Speaker: Mary T. White, M.Div., Ed.M., Ph.D.
Director, Division of Medical Humanities
Professor, Community Health, Boonshoft School of Medicine

Climate change is having diverse consequences around the world, many of which threaten public health. This presentation reviewed the traditional role and responsibilities of public health, some key ethical perspectives relevant to climate change, the APHA policy statement on climate change and Dayton’s current response plans. The question at issue: How should our local public health community respond to climate change? Should it limit its scope to that of recent years or does the enormity of the challenge call for a different understanding of public health’s ethical responsibilities?

one health logoMarch 21, 2014: Public Health Grand Rounds
A One Health Approach to Disease Outbreak: A Public Health Emergency Response

A good all-hazards response plan is critical to management of a serious public health event. Health professionals often don't have opportunities to practice using their all-hazards response plans. This half-day tabletop exercise used a multifaceted disease outbreak to guide multidisciplinary teams through the steps of a disease investigation.

March 12, 2014: Public Health Grand Rounds
MARCHing Toward Coverage — Update on implementation of the Affordable Care Act

photo of hugh "trey" daly

get covered america logo

Presenter: Hugh F. “Trey” Daly III, Ohio State Director, Enroll America

This presentation covered the key components of the Affordable Care Act related to quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and expanded Medicaid, and provided an update on implementation during the first open enrollment period. Enroll America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization focused on maximizing the number of Americans who are enrolled in and retain health coverage.


photo of leiyu shiOctober 15, 2013: Public Health Grand Rounds
Current U.S. Healthcare Delivery: The Challenge to Serve Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Leiyu Shi, Dr.P.H., M.B.A., M.P.A.

Dr. Leiyu Shi is Professor of health policy and health services research from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management, and Director of Johns Hopkins Primary Care Policy Center. He received his doctoral education from University of California, Berkeley majoring in health policy and services research. He also has a master’s in business administration focusing on finance. Dr. Shi’s research focuses on primary care, health disparities, and vulnerable populations. He has conducted extensive studies about the association between primary care and health outcomes, particularly on the role of primary care in mediating the adverse impact of income inequality on health outcomes.

September 11, 2013: Public Health Grand Rounds
The State of the Region's Trauma Centers

Trauma is a key component of our health care system’s readiness in times of disaster. This program will be a panel discussion featuring professionals in the field of trauma. The panel will examine the current state of trauma programs, how these programs have changed since 9/11, and consider the possible impact of changes in healthcare on trauma programs.

Moderator: Mark E. Gebhart, M.D., F.A.A.E.M., Associate Professor of Community Health

April 18, 2013: Public Health Grand Rounds
The Affordable Care Act and its Impact on Ohio

Presenter: Amy Rohling McGee
President, Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO)

HPIO President Amy Rohling McGee discussed the facts, the issues, and the implications of the Affordable Care Act in Ohio.

March 19, 2013: Public Health Grand Rounds
Disability Awareness: A Call to Build Community Partners

Presenter: Julie L. Williams, Psy.D., ABPP, C.R.C.

In this interactive session, Dr. Julie Williams explores disability as a social construction resulting in largely negative beliefs about disability. She introduces a new paradigm of disability that is informed by a social minority model, in which disability is viewed as an identity to be celebrated.

February 6, 2013: Public Health Grand Rounds
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: The Facts, the Misconceptions, and the Community

Did you know that alcohol can affect a baby at any time during pregnancy? Did you know that FASD is highly underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed in individuals?


November 6, 2012: Public Health Grand Rounds
Health Disparities and Vulnerable Populations

How do vulnerable populations experience health disparities? What interventions and prevention efforts are effective? Join a panel of area health educators and health professionals in a discussion about health disparities.

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September 11, 2012: Public Health Grand Rounds
9/11: Eleven Years After

Are we better prepared today to respond to terrorism, bioterrorism, pandemic and natural disasters than we were on September 11, 2001?  Join us as a panel of area emergency response experts considers this question.

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July 10, 2012: Public Health Grand Rounds
Active Aging

Components of active aging include keeping one's brain functioning optimally, engaging in regular exercise and establishing/maintaining and enhancing social contacts.

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photo of christy porucznikMay 8, 2012: Public Health Grand Rounds
Prescription Opioid Adverse Events in Utah – Research into Practice and Back Again

Delta Omega Lecturer: Christy Porucznik, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Public Health Program, University of Utah

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photo of linda smithMarch 13, 2012: Public Health Grand Rounds
Infant Feeding in Emergencies

Lecturer: Linda J. Smith, M.P.H., FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA
Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre, Ltd.

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January 10, 2012: Public Health Grand Rounds
Revolution/Evolution: Current State of Health Information Exchange

Lecturer: Katherine Cauley, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Healthy Communities
Professor, Community Health


October 4, 2011: Public Health Grand Rounds
Spend a Morning with Ohio Department of Health Director Theodore E. Wymyslo, M.D.
Topic: National Prevention Strategy: America's Plan for Better Health and Wellness

Guest Lecturer: Theodore E. Wymyslo, M.D., Director, Ohio Department of Health

July 22, 2011: Public Health Grand Rounds
The Worldwide ReNu®-Related Fusarium Keratitis Epidemic of 2004-2006: What Would The Reverend Henry Whitehead and Doctor John Snow Have Done?

Guest Lecturer: John D. Bullock, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.
Infectious Disease Epidemiologist
Clinical Professor of Community Health
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

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October 28, 2010
Tenth Annual Center for Global Health Systems, Management, and Policy Conference
Show Me the Outcomes: Put Evidence to Work & Create Healthier Communities

The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine's Center for Global Health Systems, Management, & Policy-in conjunction with Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County, Sinclair Community College, and the Hittner Community Event-sponsored this interdisciplinary conference on health outcomes. The annual conference focused on three areas: 1) why are outcomes important, 2) how are outcomes determined, and 3) examples of successful applications. Download the Show Me the Outcomes brochure for the conference agenda.
Speakers and Presentations

James Gross, M.P.H., Health Commissioner, Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County
Download the presentation Get Up Montgomery County: A Community-Wide Healthy Lifestyles Initiative for Kids and Families (PDF)

Bill Mase, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati
Download the presentation Public Health Workforce Trust Measures: Comparative Analysis of T1-T2 Measures Across Two LHD's and Organizational Responses to Economic Hard Times (PDF)

Glen Mays, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Download the presentation Practice Variation in Public Health: Using Evidence to Improve Outcomes (PDF)

Elizabeth Walker, M.S., National Association of State Boards of Education
Download the presentation What's Happening Across the Nation in our Schools? A Look at Nurtrition and Physical Activity (PDF)


September 9, 2009
The Spectrum of Fetal Alcohol Disorder

photo of luther robinson

Speaker: Luther K. Robinson, M.D.

Dr. Robinson's presentation was part of a week-long observance to raise awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which can have negative life-long effects on children and their families. FASD is 100 percent preventable, and when it does occur, it is often misdiagnosed.

Luther K. Robinson, M.D., is with the State University of New York School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and is Director of Dysmorphology and Clinical Genetics in the Division of Genetics of the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo at Kaleida Health. He conducts studies on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the United States, Russia, Europe, and South Africa, and was a member of the first National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects.

March 11, 2009
Summit on Public Health: Improving Healthy Lifestyles in the Miami Valley

The Center's 9th annual conference was jointly sponsored by Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County, the Hittner Community Health Event and Sinclair Community College. The 2009 Annual Conference focused on improving healthy lifestyles within the Miami Valley to prevent chronic disease. Our keynote speaker was Steven Aldana, Ph.D., one of the leading health experts in the nation. Dr. Aldana authored the inspirational book titled "The Culprit and The Cure," which provides common sense advice on proper nutrition and regular exercise. Download the Summit on Public Health brochure (PDF) for the conference agenda.

Download the presentation on Children's Health in the Miami Valley (PDF) by James R. Ebert, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., Oscar Boonshoft Chair and director of the Center for Global Health Systems, Management and Policy. All other presentations may be found on the GetUp Montgomery County website.


April 8 & 11, 2008
Workshop to Address the Psychological Aspects of Mass Traumatic Events

Ruvie Rogel, co-CEO of the Community Stress Prevention Center at Tel Hai College, Israel, visited Dayton in April 2008 to teach students in the Master of Public Health program and conduct a series of statewide workshops for first responders on the Psychological Aspects and Consequences of a Mass Traumatic Event for First Responders and The Victims. An expert on populations under stress, Ruvie Rogel's research has focused on the psychological aspects of emergency preparedness. He has extensive experience in responding to community emergencies throughout the world, including in Israel, Sri Lanka, and post-Katrina Mississippi Gulf Coast areas. Mr. Rogel made his presentations at the Franklin County Health District in Columbus and Public Health of Dayton & Montgomery County in Dayton.

February 20, 2008
Eighth Annual Global Health Systems, Management, and Policy Conference
"Future Health: Is Preventive Care the Future of Health Care?"

The 8th Annual Conference for the Center for Global Health Systems, Management, & Policy focused on the issue of prevention. "Future Health: Is Preventive Care the Future of Health Care?" began with the perspective of the economics of creating a health care system that focuses on prevention, including measuring the successes and outcomes of prevention, prevention in the clinical setting, and how we educate the public on the value of prevention vs. the cost of treatment. The public health's role in prevention, preventing childhood obesity, quality measures in prevention, creating healthy lifestyles, and understanding how/if the underinsured/uninsured get preventive care also were addressed.

photo of lewis sandyThe keynote address, "Economics of Prevention: How to Create a Health System That Promotes Prevention," was presented by Lewis Sandy, M.D., M.B.A., of UnitedHealth Group (United HealthCare). Dr. Sandy has been with UnitedHealth Group since 2003. He is currently senior vice president of clinical advancement, where he leads efforts to promote efficient and effective health care, provide tools and information to doctors and patients to promote health, and foster the growth of evidence-based medicine. From 1997 to 2003, he was executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation's largest health-focused private foundation. At RWJF, he was responsible for the foundation's program development and management, strategic planning, and administrative operations. Dr. Sandy received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University.

photo of alvin jacksonAlvin D. Jackson, M.D., director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), presented "The Role of Public Health in Prevention as Future Health" at the luncheon. He brings to ODH his holistic approach, the chronic disease prevention model of health care - a model in which patients are partners with their physicians in maintaining good health and charting courses of treatment when needed. Dr. Jackson earned his B.S. from Michigan's Andrew University before graduating from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In 2001 he won the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Clinician Award for his dedication to the nation's migrant farm workers. That same year, Dr. Jackson earned the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award.

You may download the following handouts from the conference:


March 27, 29 & 30, 2007
Delivering Traumatic Public Health News to Populations

This was a hands-on workshop designed to guide participants through the various psycho-social issues surrounding risk communication and traumatic media announcements. The workshop is a joint effort between the Emergency Preparedness Program and Global Health Systems Program within the Center for Global Health Systems, Management, and Policy; the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology; and the International School of Community Emergency Management in Israel. Three workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on three separate dates at the following locations: March 27 at the Franklin County Health District; March 29 at the Montgomery County Combined Health District; and March 30 at the Hamilton County Health District. Cost is $25 per participant (lunch provided).

February 21, 2007
Seventh Annual Global Health Systems, Management, and Policy Conference
"Eating Ourselves Sick: The Health and Economic Challenges of Obesity"
Sinclair Ponitz Center

The seventh annual conference from the Center for Global Health Systems, Management, and Policy will illustrate the burgeoning impact of the obesity epidemic.

"Eating Ourselves Sick: The Health and Economic Challenges of Obesity" will start off with the basic epidemiology of obesity. The morning will then focus on the economics of obesity from the perspective of the employer and the fast food industry. We finish the morning learning lessons on how the military and public health institutions approach the obesity epidemic. After lunch, the sessions will illustrate how programs in physician offices and child and adolescent programs can have an impact on obesity in our community. We finish the day with breakout sessions to brainstorm on new ideas for clinical, community, and policy approaches to dealing with obesity.

Please join us for a community discussion of both a social and medical epidemic, one that we can control! See the conference brochure (PDF) for more information. (This file requires Adobe Reader, a free download.)

Wright State University (WSU) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This educational activity is awarded a maximum of 6 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should only claim credit for time that he/she spent in the activity.

University of Findlay, School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education and complies with the Criteria for Quality for continuing pharmacy education programming. The program is approved for 6.0 contact hours (0.6 CEU's). The Universal Program Number (UPN) is 449-000-07-001-L04.


October 26, 2005
Sixth Annual Health Systems Management Conference
"Breaking the Bank: The Rising Costs of Health Care"

The Sixth Annual Conference focused on "The Rising Costs of Health Care." See our brochure (PDF) for more information.


October 27, 2004
Fifth Annual Health Systems Management Conference
"Leading & Managing Change in Health Care"

This conference showcased two separate panels of three speakers presenting on "Topics of Change" and "Managing the Process of Change." Breakout sessions allowed participants to interact with the speakers of their choice. The format focused on interaction with primarily local and regional participant involvement. For further information, see our Conference Overview (PDF) and Conference Agenda (PDF).

March 21, 2004
Fourth Annual Hittner Community Health Program:
"How Does a Community Work to Reduce Racial Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease?"

Carol Bryant Payne, M.S.N., Dr.P.H., an expert in community health and in cardiovascular disease and disparities for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Baltimore, Maryland, will serve as the visiting lecturer for our Fourth Annual Hittner Community Health Event. She will present a community-wide lecture on "Health in America: Why Does Race Matter?" on Sunday, March 21, at Shiloh Church, 5300 Philadelphia Dr. at North Main Street, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The theme of the event is "How Does a Community Work to Reduce Racial Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease?" There also will be an associated health fair and performances by the Voices of Fellowship gospel singers that evening. For more information, see the Hittner Program flyer (PDF).

The Hittner Community Event is an endowed program, funded by Zoe and Bob Hittner, M.D., to address issues of health or health care as they interface with faith, culture, social or public policy concerns. The 2003 lectureship was jointly sponsored by Sinclair Community College, the Shiloh Church, Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Good Samaritan Hospital and Boonshoft School of Medicine, and funded by a grant from HHS (NHLBI) to the Division of Health Systems Management, an identified Education Dissemination Utilization Center for cardiovascular risk factor reduction.


October 29, 2003
Fourth Annual Health Systems Management Conference:
"Our Health Care System in 2010: Who Plays / Who Pays?"

This year's conference consisted of workshops dedicated to creating a vision of what health care will be like in 2010. Based on the success of the previous two years, the format was highly interactive and focused on workshops, interaction, and primarily local and regional participant involvement. View the conference brochure (PDF) for the agenda and workshop topics.

Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., senior program officer for health policy, research, and evaluation at The Commonwealth Fund, was the conference keynote speaker. She has co-authored several reports and issue briefs on health insurance issues and health policy for the Fund, which is a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. Her responsibilities there include survey development, research and analysis, as well as project development and management for the Fund's Task Force on the Future of Health Insurance. Prior to joining the Fund, Collins was associate director/senior research associate at the New York Academy of Medicine, Division of Health and Science Policy. Previously, she was an associate editor at U.S. News & World Report, where she wrote articles on economics and health care, including the Clinton health reform effort. She also was a senior economist at Health Economics Research in Boston. She holds an A.B. in economics from Washington University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University.

photo of robert hornikApril 28, 2003
Third Annual Hittner Community Health Program
"Social Marketing: Tools for Improving the Health of a Community"

Robert Hornik, Ph.D., Wilbur Schramm Professor of Communication and Health Policy at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, served as the visiting lecturer for our Third Annual Hittner Community Event. Dr. Hornik presented a community-wide lecture on "Social Marketing: Tools for Improving the Health of a Community" April 28, at the Shiloh Church. This evening focused on social marketing to promote cardiovascular risk factor reduction. There also was an associated "health fair" for the community that day. The lecture was targeted at the health care/professional/education community and the general community.

March 2, 2003 - Follow-Up Session
Third Annual Health Systems Management Conference:
"Clinical Quality - A Workshop for Practical Skills Development"

This follow up was designed to help participants in our November 13, 2002, conference evaluate their progress and gain additional skills and resources to keep moving ahead. Participants learned first hand from other teams in similar settings how they approach problem solving and data collection. What did they do that worked? What didn't? Experts on team development - measuring skills, PDSA process, idealized office design, the safety issues we all face and where we are going in this community to improve and/or change the health care systems offered advice. Read the program flyer (PDF) for more information.


photo of the 2002 conference panel speakersThe Second Health Systems Management Conference in November 2001 focused on the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report issued in 2001, "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century," which highlights the challenges facing health care and provides a framework for dramatic change. The conference featured a panel of local and national speakers focusing on strategies for quality improvement in the health care system. Speakers included James Battles, Ph.D., from AHRQ; Allan Khoury, M.D., Ph.D., from Kaiser Permanente, Ohio; Doug Magenheim, M.D., MBA, from MediSync Midwest, Inc.; Meenakshi Patel, M.D., M.M.M., from Valley Medical Center; Richard Schuster, M.D., M.M.M., from Health Systems Management, WSU School of Medicine; Sam Shalaby, M.A., M.S., from General Motors Corp., Troy Tyner, D.O., from Grandview Medical Center; and Peter Wong, Ph.D., MBA, R.Ph., from Good Samaritan Hospital.

These are PDF files of PowerPoint presentations from the conference. You will need the free download Adobe Reader to view them.

Last edited on 12/01/2015.