New “POP Care” healthcare model to improve health of homebound adults and their pets

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Both human and animal patients stand to benefit from an innovative new model of healthcare launched today by leaders of The Ohio State University Colleges of Nursing, Veterinary Medicine and Social Work. The POP (Pet Owner and Pet) Care pilot program is funded through a Hillman Foundation Emergent Innovations grant. It joins the knowledge and service of three academic colleges to transition a pattern of reactive sick care into proactive, holistic well care for homebound adults with multiple chronic conditions and their pets.



A Spirit of Service

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Kierra Edwards marched in place, hopped up and down and stood at the head of a pre-kindergarten classroom. The children followed her lead, singing counting songs at the tops of their voices. In a colorful room with holiday ornaments dangling from the ceiling and heaps of glue bottles and crayons lining the shelves, it was a typical classroom scene — for what had been an atypical experience. “The moment we walked in, they were hugging us,” said Edwards, a 2018 Ohio State graduate and current graduate student studying early childhood education. “They’re just really appreciative, happy kids.” Edward’s December service trip gave her a fresh experience in the largely Latino population of Immokalee, Florida, a city with a high poverty rate. And that’s exactly why Buck-I-SERV, an alternative break program, was created in 2003.



Researchers Tell a Story of Food Insecurity on the South Side

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The quality and price of food in a city can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, and new research at Ohio State is mapping that disparity. The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity partnered with several community partners and Ohio State colleges to study food insecurity on Columbus’ South Side. The study is part of a larger community/university initiative called Food-mapping for Empowerment, Access and Sustainable Transformation, also known as FEAST, which aims to understand availability of healthy food in Ohio and how people interact with their food landscape.



Nonprofit Bridges Gap Between College and High School for Refugees and Immigrants

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Deepanshu Singh said he didn’t have a program like Refuge when he moved to the United States from India in 2012 as a high school freshman. Singh, a third-year in biology, said he was lucky enough to have guidance counselors and friends to help him learn about the U.S. college experience and application process. However, many immigrants and refugees are not as fortunate as Singh was. Refuge, a nonprofit organization, was founded on Ohio State’s campus in 2016 to provide guidance to high school-aged refugees and immigrants in their pursuit of higher education.



2019 Patterson Lecture with Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank - May 2

Rebecca Blank

Rebecca Blank, University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor, will deliver the 16th annual Patterson Lecture on May 2, 2019



Multidisciplinary Team Unveils Plans for Tanzania Humanitarian Outreach

Children in Tanzania

This summer, students at The Ohio State University have the opportunity to develop and test their solar engineering skills while empowering a school for orphans in Tanzania. Essentially, when the Solar Education and Outreach (SOLAREO) club annual alternative spring break humanitarian trip to Haiti ended, organizers found a way to keep the positive energy moving. Work began behind the scenes to shift their goals.



Conference Presents Challenges, Solutions for Sustainable Communities

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Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and current head of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, says that despite the looming challenges we face due to climate change, she still has hope. Robinson was a keynote speaker for The Ohio State University 2019 Community Engagement Conference held this week in the Ohio Union. Hundreds of faculty, students, staff and community partners filled ballrooms and exhibit space to discuss research, partnerships and resources to help build sustainable and resilient communities.



Former President of Ireland Talks Fighting Climate Change, ‘Climate Justice’

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For the final lecture of the 2019 Community Engagement Conference on Thursday, former president of Ireland Mary Robinson spoke to Ohio State faculty, students and other conference attendees about the importance of fighting climate change, as well as what people can do to slow it down.



Community Engagement Conference Keynote Speaker Focuses on Human-First Strategy to Sustainability

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin gives a keynote address

Environmental policy expert Ibrahim Abdul-Matin spoke to faculty, staff and Ohio State community partners at the annual community engagement conference entitled “Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future” on January 23



Environmental Policy Expert Looks to Ohio State for Leadership

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2019 Community Engagement Conference: Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future