Willie H. Oglesby, PhD, MSPH, FACHE
Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management
College of Public Health, Department of Health Policy & Management
Online MPH Program Coordinator
Department of Health Policy & Management
Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships
Dr. Oglesby is a member of the founding faculty at the Kent State University College of Public Health. He came to Kent State in 2009 from the University of South Carolina where he served in several research and administrative roles in the School of Public Health and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Health Sciences. Dr. Oglesby is a practice-based scholar who uses community-engaged research methodologies to examine and strengthen the systems, methods, and policies that promote community health. He publishes across the spectrum of venues that drive system, policy, and practice changes at local levels with the goal of translating knowledge into action. His research and practice expertise includes community health needs and assets measurement, sexuality and reproductive health, and economic evaluation of health interventions; with some recent work focused on lifestyle medicine and substance abuse.
Dr. Oglesby has worked on a career total of more than $26M in externally-funded projects, including more than $7M as principal or co-principal investigator. He is a reviewer for several leading academic journals in public health and medicine, including serving as Executive Editor of the Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health. He is a former policy consultant to the National Academies of Practice and is currently a member of the Lifestyle Medicine Committees for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the American College of Preventive Medicine. In 2010, he was named Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
PhD, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health
MSPH, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health
BS, University of South Carolina Moore School of Business
Current Research and Projects
Below is a summary of my current projects, all of which have research- or practice-based opportunities for students as independent studies, individual investigations, practicums, internships, or dissertations. Please contact me if you would like to work on any of these projects.
- Akron Hospitals Community Health Needs Assessment: The goal of this 3-year project is to conduct a community health needs assessment and develop facility-specific implementation strategies for hospitals in the Akron Children's Hospital system, Akron General Health System, and the Summa Health System that conform to new IRS regulations mandated by the Affordable Care Act. I am the principal investigator on this project working with Assistant Dean Slenkovich and Dr. Beaird.
- Akron Children's Hospital - Mahoning Valley Community Health Needs Assessment: The goal of this 3-year project is to conduct a community health needs assessment and develop facility-specific implementation plans for hospitals for the Akron Children's Hospital in the Mahoning Valley that conform to new IRS regulations mandated by the Affordable Care Act. I am the principal investigator on this project working with Assistant Dean Slenkovich.
- Kent State University Drug Use Survey: The goal of this project is to conduct an annual survey of college students to identify drug use behaviors and correlates. The survey includes questions about illicit, prescription, and emerging drugs of abuse. I am the co-principal investigator on this project with Dr. Kenne.
- Graduate Professional Education Program in Interprofessional Lifestyle Medicine: The goal of this project is to create an education program in interprofessional lifestyle medicine for graduate and professional students in the KSU colleges of public health, nursing, and podiatric medicine and the NEOMED College of Pharmacy. I am the principal investigator on this project and am working with Deans Alemagno, Hetherington, and Taylor and faculty in their respective colleges.
- Body Image Among College Freshmen: This goal of this project is to better understand the constructs of "body image," "body appreciation," and "eating attitudes," among Kent State University freshmen (system-wide); how they differ by race/ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, and other demographic characteristics; and their relationship to other health behaviors. The information will be used to inform the development and enhancement intervention efforts for freshmen at Kent State and other universities. I am the principal investigator on this project.
- Gambling Behaviors Among College Students: The goal of this project is to assess gambling behaviors among Kent State students (system-wide); how they differ by race/ethnicity, sex, age, and other demographic characteristics; and their relationship to other health behaviors. The information will be used to inform the development and enhancement intervention efforts for students at Kent State and other universities. I am the co-principal investigator on this project working with Dean Alemagno.
- Utilization Patterns, Client Characteristics, and Access To Federally-Funded Family Planning Services in Ohio: This is a secondary data analysis project using encounter-level data from Title X-funded programs in Ohio. Analysis will be used to better describe the need for and utilization of federally-funded family planning services in the state. I am the principal investigator on this project.
- Community Health Needs in Northeast Ohio and How Non-Profit Hospitals Are Addressing Them: The goal of this project is to examine how non-profit hospitals in Northeast Ohio identified and are addressing community health needs. The information will be used to share best practices in assessing community health needs and assets, identify information gaps, and facilitate partnership development. I am the principal investigator on this project and am working with Assistant Dean Slenkovich and colleagues at The Center for Community Solutions.
- Community Health Indicators for Children: Resources, Challenges, and Solutions: This goal of this project is to examine available community health indicators for children in Ohio, identify data integrity issues and information gaps, and recommend solutions to improve the public health surveillance of children in the state. I am the principal investigator on this project and am working with Assistant Dean Slenkovich and colleagues at The Center for Community Solutions.
- Other Projects/Papers: I also have tons of data available in other areas. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more.
- HPM 53003 Health Care Systems: In this master's-level course, students will examine the conceptual basis for the US health care system; its historical origins; the structures, resources, and processes of care; how quality and costs are supported and constrained; and the impact of recent legislation. This course is a requirement for students pursing an MPH in Health Policy & Management. It can also be an elective for other master's degree students (obtain faculty advisor approval before enrolling). Doctoral students may take this course (with advisor approval) and will complete additional assignments.
- HPM 53006 Cost-Benefit Analysis of Public Health Programs: This master's-level course provides an overview of cost-benefit analysis as applied to the evaluation of public health programs. Students will apply principles of cost-benefit analysis and related cost-utility analysis to case studies in the public health sector. This course is a requirement for students pursuing an MPH in Health Policy & Management. It can also be an elective for other master's degree students (obtain approval before enrolling). Doctoral students may take this course (with advisor approval) and will complete additional assignments.
- HPM 73031 Public Health Policy Analysis: This doctoral-level course provides a framework for conducting public health policy analysis and applies concepts to case studies of health policies at the local, state, and Federal levels. This course is a requirement for students pursuing a PhD in Health Policy & Management. It can also be an elective for other doctoral degree students (obtain approval before enrolling). Master's students may take this course with advisor approval.
- PH/HPM 4/6/80195 ST: Obamacare: This "special topics" course is taught to bachelors, masters, and doctoral students and provides an overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including political and policy discourse leading up to its passage, analysis of the law’s impact, the Supreme Court rulings that affirmed and changed the legislation, and the future of public health and health care in the context of the ACA. Other historical attempts at national health care reform will also be discussed. Students will draw upon and apply an interdisciplinary literature base to analyze the ACA including business, medicine, law, political science, and public policy.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- American Public Health Association
- Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
- National Community-Based Organization Network
- American College of Healthcare Executives
- Healthcare Financial Management Association
- Family Planning Councils of America
- National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
- American College of Lifestyle Medicine
- Ohio Public Health Association
- Healthcare Executives Association of Northeast Ohio
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