Veterans Project director Todd Fredricks, left, talks with Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Patrick Brady.

At left, Cat Gossman, Refugee Health & Wellness Program Manager for Community Refugee Immigration Services, speaks during a panel discussion at the Heritage College, Dublin, for Health Policy Day 2018.

Trimble Elementary students practice the art of salad making with help from a COMCorps member.

Be sure to complete workplace excellence survey

A survey seeking employee input on how to improve the Heritage College as a workplace showed up in email inboxes on Monday, March 19. Feedback from this survey, called  My Voice Matters: Building Workplace Excellence , will play an important role as college leadership pursues the strategic priority of becoming a "best place to work and learn."
The college's Workplace Excellence Team, a subcommittee of the Strategic Planning Committee, has been tasked with making recommendations for achieving this goal; gathering employee input from the survey is an important first step. The survey has been adapted for the Heritage College from the assessment tool of the Chronicle of Higher Education and ModernThink's Great Colleges to Work For ã program.
All responses will be anonymousAny employee with questions about the survey should contact Angela Spangler or Nagesh Rao.

OOA names new executive director

The Ohio Osteopathic Association has a new executive director. On Feb. 25 the OOA Board of Trustees unanimously approved  Matt Harney  as executive director of the OOA and president of the Ohio Osteopathic Foundation. He also becomes executive director of the Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Harney is replacing  Jon F. Wills , who is transitioning to the position of executive director emeritus after 43 years of service with OOA. Read more from OOA  here.

New AHEC Scholars Program launched

The Consortium for Health Education in Appalachian Ohio at the Heritage College has launched a new Area Health Education Center Scholars Program.

This two-year program is open to health profession students who are seeking additional training and team-based clinical experiences working in rural areas and/or with underserved populations. Participants will practice interprofessional collaboration to better prepare them to join a diverse and culturally competent primary care workforce.

The program requires 40 hours each of classroom-based learning, and team-based clinical training and community experiences per year. Applicants must be entering the final two years of their degree program. The program is open to students in disciplines that support primary health care services delivery in both clinical and non-clinical roles, including medicine, physician assistant, community and public health, nutrition and dietetics, nursing, biochemistry, hearing and language sciences, social work and counseling, and biological sciences.

Students in the program will benefit from a $250 stipend or lifestyle coach training; participation in professional conferences and continuing education opportunities; student research opportunities; clinical and community shadowing experiences; and rural and Appalachian cultural experiences.

To learn more or to apply, contact P.J. Guthrie at  

Executive Dean Johnson shows off one of the "message in a bottle" strategic plan handouts distributed at his State of the College address.

Exec. dean rolls out new strategic plan

Heritage College Executive Dean Ken Johnson, D.O., introduced the new three-year strategic plan for the college, and reviewed progress to date on the college's strategic priorities, during his annual State of the College message Feb. 27.

Dr. Johnson described the plan's five strategic priorities - optimized student experience; transformative education; collaborative research and scholarly activity; community impact and enrichment; and all-campus success for workplace and operational excellence - as well as the top goals for 2018: curriculum transformation; a new Athens campus and comprehensive space plan; organizational strengthening; diversity and inclusion; and operational evolution.

Among the topics Johnson covered in his message was a project to make the college a "best place to work and learn," inspired in part by the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual "Great Colleges to Work For" feature. 

He praised the "leaps and bounds" of progress made in 2017 in the area of diversity and inclusion, and stressed that he aims to interpret diversity "as broadly as you possibly could think about it." He cited as one bright spot the new Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program launching at the Cleveland campus. He also celebrated the herculean effort it has taken to develop the college's new Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum (PHWC) in time to roll it out this fall. 

He discussed his goal of having the college's inflation-adjusted tuition cost in 2027 be the same as its 2017 level. Part of the affordability solution is scholarship support, and Dr. Johnson reviewed the aim of having a $25 million scholarship endowment by 2021. The endowment is currently at about $15.8 million - up from around $4 million in 2013.

A recording of the event and more information about the strategic plan are available online.

Osteopathic Medicine Recognition Month
Entire month of April
April has been designated by the Ohio legislature as Osteopathic Medicine Recognition Month to honor the "significant contributions made by the osteopathic field of medicine to improve the health of Ohioans." For more information access the college's event page, or email Jody Grenert.
Diabetes conference
Friday, April 6
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Stuart's Opera House
52 Public Square, Nelsonville, Ohio
"Innovating Diabetes Care" is part of the 2018 Ohio Bioscience Conference Series, being held in different locations around the state by BioOhio, a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect and serve Ohio's bioscience community to improve global quality of life. Speakers from the Heritage College will include Kristin Kerwin, B.S.S., R.N., pathways coordinator for Community Health Programs' Family Navigator Program; and Darlene Berryman, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., Executive Director of the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University, and associate dean for research and innovation. Find more information on BioOhio's  website.
Ohio Osteopathic Symposium 2018
Wednesday, April 25 - Sunday, April 29
The Hilton Columbus at  Easton Town Center
3900 Chagrin Drive, Columbus
Registration is now open for the  Ohio Osteopathic Symposium,  an annual joint venture of the Heritage College and the Ohio Osteopathic Association. This year's OOS boasts an agenda full of engaging medical education sessions around the theme "Igniting a Movement in Primary Care." Keynote speaker is  Andrew Morris-Singer,  M.D., president and founder of  Primary Care Progress . For more information and to register, visit the  OOS Website .
The Greenbrier Conference 2018
Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29
The Greenbrier
300 West Main St., White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
The eighth annual Greenbrier Conference, jointly sponsored by the Heritage College and the Scioto County Medical Society, offers programs addressing clinical practice. Physicians will hear about the most recent developments in diagnosis, treatment and management of common clinical problems and be able to interact with faculty in an informal setting. Presenters will include Jody Gerome Zuchowski, D.O., ('05) of the Heritage College, who will speak on "Tracking Opioid Addiction."
Commencement awards ceremony
Friday, May 11
1 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
47 E. Union St.,  Athens
Attendance at this event is required for graduates.
Commencement 2018
Saturday, May 12
10 a.m. - noon
Convocation Center
95 Richland Ave., Athens
Longtime Heritage College benefactor  Richard A. "Rick" Vincent, who recently retired as president and CEO of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, will be the speaker at Commencement 2018, the first Commencement to include graduates from the Heritage College, Dublin. Monitor the 2018 Commencement website for additional news and announcements as graduation approaches.
In the news
Marietta Times
March 19
Pomeroy Daily Sentinel
March 12
Sandusky Register
March 8
Gallia Hometown Herald
March 2
WTAM news radio Cleveland
Feb. 28
Alums in the news
Joette Greenstein, D.O. ('92)
VITAS Healthcare
March 16
Julie Ploutz Adams, D.O. ('99)
Mercy Health
March 16
Nicholas J. Cardinal , D.O.  ('03)
The Alliance Review
March 14
 Ebunoluwa Wion, D.O. ('05)
Newark Advocate
Feb. 28
Jacqueline Fisher, D.O. ('13)
Mercy Health
Feb. 2

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