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Student Recognized for Public Health Outreach

Student recognized for public health outreach

By Alli Bates ’16

Otterbein student Grant Seredick has been helping Somali families in central Ohio through health outreach programming. As a major in health education with a public health concentration, Seredick has been called to educate communities about health and wellness. His dedication was recently rewarded.

Seredick was recently chosen as the undergraduate student winner of Ohio Society of Public Health Educator’s (SOPHE) Karen H. Evans Memorial Scholarship. 

“The Karen H. Evans Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to one undergraduate student and one graduate student every year.  Dr. Evans was the chief of the Bureau of Health Promotion at the Ohio Department of Health prior to her passing and the scholarship was established in her honor to help students entering the public health field,” said Seredick 

A selection committee from Ohio SOPHE reviewed applications from students enrolled in public health related majors from all over Ohio and then chose one graduate level recipient and one undergraduate recipient.  Students had to write about their involvement with their communities and career ambitions after graduating. 

Seredick has been working with Otterbein’s Health Promotion Team, which goes into Columbus to deliver health education programs to Somali families.  The team is headed by Assistant Professor Robert Braun in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences.

During educational events, Seredick often helps Somali families. The events focus on specific health related topics.

“A couple of the past topics have been proper nutrition and physical activity. We usually have some sort of presentation on the topic and then get into a more hands on activity to keep the families interested.  For example, during our physical activity presentation we had the families get up and go through some basic exercises with us.  We were even able to get the kids involved because they thought the exercise bands we brought were fun to play with.  We run into issues with translations and cultural differences, but it has been fun to figure out how we can work around these challenges,” he said.

“I've also been working with Dr. Braun and a fellow student, Ashleigh Thornton, to research trends in diabetics based on race/ethnicity by using data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System,” said Seredick.

Going into Otterbein as a first year, Seredick had a very vague idea of public health as an area of study. When he first started college, it wasn’t his original major.

“While participating in the health and wellness living learning community my freshman year, I was able to learn more about the program because our advisor was Dr. Braun, who is the advisor for the (major in health education with a public health concentration),” said Seredick.

Seredick changed his major to help people increase their quality of life and avoid any unnecessary health conditions.  He enjoys the challenge of evaluating what types of health related issues may be going on in a community and how exactly that issue should be approached. 


Learn more about majors in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences.