Positioning Ohio as a Leader in Organics

There has never been a better time to engage in organic research. As consumer demand and organic acreage grows, producers need answers and innovation regarding production systems, pest management, nutrition, marketing, economics, genetics, and more. Recognizing these needs, the 2019 Farm Bill substantially increased funding for organic research.

Faculty, students, county educators, and staff members interested in organic research are encouraged to join us on Thursday, November 21, 8:30-noon, to learn more about research needs and resources available for addressing them. We will meet at the Wooster campus and encourage you to join us in person, but zoom attendance is also available. The program will include Invited speakers from the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, USDA-NIFA, and other regional organic research partners.

Learn more at offer.osu.edu or register here.

CFAES Biometric Screening Day

The 2019 PHA and verified biometric screening deadline is December 31, 2019.  To help meet this deadline, CFAES HR is hosting a Biometric Screening Day Friday, November 22nd in the auditorium of the Agricultural Administration Building.  Completion prior to the deadline will ensure enrolled individuals earn the monthly premium credit – which is increasing $5 per month beginning 2020!  Spaces are limited, see details to sign up below:

A verified biometric screening can be completed in one of three ways:

1. On-Campus Screening Event
On November 22nd,  the OSU Health Plan’s RN Health Promotion Specialist(s) will be in our department to complete complimentary biometric screenings*. These values will automatically load to your YP4H/Virgin Pulse account on the “Stats” page and you will receive credit for completing a 2019 verified biometric screening. See below for screening registration details.

2. OSU or Central Ohio Primary Care (COPC) Provider Visit
Your values obtained during an annual exam with an OSU or Central Ohio Primary Care (COPC) provider are received by the OSU Health Plan (OSUHP).  Once all values are received (height, weight, blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL and a blood sugar value: glucose or A1c), OSUHP will provide verification to Virgin Pulse that you have completed a biometric screening. 

3. Non OSU or non COPC provider
If you see a provider outside of the OSU or COPC network, you may need to have your values submitted by your provider.  Please have your provider complete and submit aProvider Fax Form to the OSU Health Plan to verify that you have completed a biometric screening with him or her.

Screening Registration Details:
If you would like to register for the upcoming biometric health screening event in our department, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit yp4h.osu.edu and click the “Schedule a Screening” button in the middle of the page.
  2. Log in with your Ohio State name.# and password.
  3. Highlight “Biometric Health Screening” and find the “appointment code” box.
  4. In the “Appointment Code” box type in AAB19   Do NOT copy and paste as this doesn’t always work to activate the code.
  5. Click “Find Appointments or Classes”- This will show only the appointments available for this screening event.
  6. Continue to schedule the appointment.  If you experience any difficulty, please contact Customer Service at 292-4700 with your Appointment Code.

Once you obtain your required health values, complete the Personal Health & Well-being Assessment (PHA).  The PHA is an online self-evaluation of your overall wellness and only takes about 15 minutes to complete.  After completing the PHA, Virgin Pulse will offer specific programs to you and customize your YP4H experience based on your goals.  Visit yp4h.osu.edu and log in to Virgin Pulse to complete your PHA.

By annually completing the PHA and a verified biometric screening, enrolled employees can reduce the cost of their medical contributions by $25 per month or by $40 per month if they and their enrolled spouse both complete the PHA with verified biometrics. Click here for more information about rewards.

Please remember that participating in Your Plan for Health (YP4H) is completely voluntary. We understand that your health history is very personal — protecting your information and keeping it private is of utmost importance to us. While participating in YP4H, the personal information that you provide, whether online or in person, is only available to you and those whom you authorize to access it. Beyond the team at the OSU Health Plan, your nurse, health coach, or your own PCP, no other Ohio State personnel will see or have access to your results.

When your Verified Biometric Screening has been processed, it will be reflected as complete in your “REWARDS” tab with a green checkmark and date.  You need a complete PHA and verified biometric screening to earn Premium Credit.

When you see both green checkmarks you have earned your Premium Credit. Log in to Virgin Pulse and select “REWARDS” to view your status.

*If you believe all of your values have been obtained by your provider and it is not being reflected in your Virgin Pulse account, please contact the Ohio State Health Plan for assistance yp4h.clinicalservices@osumc.edu

**As a reminder, you are only eligible for one on campus screening per calendar year.   If you are unsure of when your last screening took place, please log in to https://linktohealth.osu.edu and click on the “Biometric Health Data” tab to view your history.

Kind Regards,

CFAES Human Resources
Email: cfaeshr@osu.edu
Website: https://hr.cfaes.ohio-state.edu


Retirement of TechSmith Relay – Instructions on Using Mediasite and Carmen Zoom

We understand lecture capture is an important service so we want to share with you about the retirement of TechSmith Relay and the transition to ODEE-supported Mediasite and CarmenZoom.

Retirement of TechSmith Relay

  • TechSmith Relay will be retired after the end of the semester on Friday December 13, 2019.
  • The videos created with TechSmith Relay will continue to be available on the web at https://presenter.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/ for one year until Friday December 11, 2020.
  • Moving TechSmith Relay content – Contact the IT Service Desk if you have sets of videos that need to be kept longer than 1 year and we will develop a plan to migrate them to Mediasite.
  • Lecture capture and sharing can now be accomplished with Mediasite and CarmenZoom.

Instruction on Using Mediasite & CarmenZoom

Please contact Matt DeVore (.38) or Mike Chakerian (.1) with questions or concerns.

Skype for Business Training 

Training for the new Skype for Business will familiarize users with the environment and basic functions of the Skype for Business software. In this 90 minute training you will learn:

  • The Skype environment
  • Placing and answering calls
  • Managing voicemail
  • Instant messaging
  • Online meetings
  • Device options
  • Skype for Business mobile

The training is available to any OSU affiliate but it is recommended you do not attend the training until your department has been migrated to the new Skype for Business system.

This training will be held at Mount Hall on West Campus and via zoom. Limited parking is available in front of Mount Hall. Parking is available in the WC Parking lot across the bridge. Enter through the front door of Mount Hall and up the stairs to check in with the front desk. Zoom information will be sent to users that register for the class.

The next available session is November 6th at 10:30am and users can register for this class via BuckeyeLearn: go.osu.edu/buckeyelearn

Search for the label “Skype for Business Demonstration.” and request the class. Please contact Dietrich Eubank (.29) with questions.

Converging on Wicked Systems Problems

Join host Cathann A. Kress, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), for the “Converging on Wicked Systems Problems” lecture. It will be held November 18, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Bob Evans Auditorium, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center with a reception following the lecture. Through presentations and panelists, we will explore the application of transdisciplinary research and systems approaches to solve grand challenges in our food, water, and energy systems. The lecture is part of the 75th Anniversary Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR) Lecture Series. Presentations and panel discussion will feature Rolf Nordstrom, President and CEO of the Great Plains Institute; Greg Soehnlen, President and CEO of Superior Dairy, Inc.; and Lois Wright Morton, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Iowa State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Register before November 12 at go.osu.edu/BANRLecture.

Sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State.