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Barbara Roszak, RN, MPH


Applied Nursing Experience Nursing Faculty

As an undergraduate nursing student, Ms. Roszak was fortunate to perform her senior nursing practicum with Yates County Public Health. It was here that she developed a passion for the field of public health. Upon graduation, she obtained acute care nursing experience at Corning Hospital and the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital. In 1984, she began a long career with Ontario County Public Health.

Ms. Roszak’s experiences provide her with vast, diverse knowledge. Over the course of her career she has been on the forefront of investigating communicable disease outbreaks, immunizing at mass dispensing clinics, developing and delivering health promotion programs, mentoring staff and students, and educating the public at large. She has taken an active role in public health policy development, performance management and quality improvement, and has led both local and statewide consortia. Research interests include the prevention of childhood lead poisoning and reducing the rate of Chlamydia in adolescents and young adults.

Ms. Roszak has dedicated her career to the mission of public health. She values social justice and health equity, disease and injury prevention, health and wellness promotion, and protecting the health and safety of people and the environment in which they live. While serving as Director of Preventive Health Services at Ontario County Public Health, Ms. Roszak joined the nursing faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2014.

Ms. Roszak was named to New York State Department of Health, Public Health Works! Honor Roll and is the recipient of an Ontario County Award of Commendation, four Ontario County Service Excellence Awards, and a University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital Merit Achievement Award. Ms. Roszak was also named an Immunization Information Champion by the New York State Department of Health. She continues her contribution to the field of nursing and public health by inspiring future leaders in her role as educator.

Academic Philosophy

Public health has been my life’s work. It encompasses everything from the health of our planet to the wellbeing of our most vulnerable. A driving force behind obtaining my Master of Public Health degree was the ability to contribute to the formal education of undergraduate students. I am honored to be part of the SUNY Plattsburgh nursing department team and strive to create a learning environment that fosters active participation and the free exchange of ideas. As an educator, I view my role as one of facilitator, coach, mentor, and peer. My goal is to excite and inspire students, provide them opportunities for exploration and self-growth, and empower them with the tools, skills, and self-efficacy they need to reach their goals.

Education

  • M.P.H. — Master of Public Health, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • B.S. in Nursing, Keuka College, Keuka Park, New York

Specialties

  • Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Literacy and Community Health Education
  • Public Health Leadership and Management
  • Performance Management and Quality Improvement
  • Community Health Assessment
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention
  • Immunizations
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Chronic Disease Prevention

Publications and Presentations

  • Publications
    • Editor and Contributor, Ontario County Public Health Annual Report. 2005–Present
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of a program designed to increase blood lead testing. Lead Watch, December 2013, p. 6–8.
    • New pilot public health promotion program to increase lead testing rates. Lead Watch, March 2013, p.2.
  • Presentations:
  • “An Introduction to Public Health.” Presented to the RN to BSN students attending Keuka College. Geneva N.Y. October 2015.
  • “The History of Vaccines in New York State.” Opening remarks at the 2015 Western New York Adult Immunization Coalition Meeting. Henrietta NY. October 2015.
  • “Increasing Lead Testing Rates through a Public Health Promotion Program.” Presented to the Finger Lakes Coalition to Stop Lead Poisoning. Canandaigua N.Y. May 2013.
  • “Designing a Public Health Promotion Program to Increase Lead Testing Rates.” Presented at the New York State Department of Health, Western Region Lead Poisoning Prevention meeting via teleconference. September 2012.
  • “The Effects of Lead Poisoning on Children — How You Can Help.” Presented at the Regional Code Enforcement Officers meeting. Canandaigua N.Y. March 2012.
  • “Planning a Successful Regional Conference.” Presented at the Western New York Local Health Department, Immunization Consortia meeting. Batavia N.Y. October 2011.
  • “Establishing a Process for Successful Performance Appraisals.” Presented to the Ontario County Leaders Group. Canandaigua N.Y. June 2010.
  • “Everything you need to know about Active Tuberculosis.” Presented to parents, students, and staff at Midlakes High School. Phelps, NY. March 2008.
  • “The Impact of West Nile Virus.” Presented at the Canandaigua Area Healthcare Providers meeting. Canandaigua N.Y. January 2001.
  • “West Nile Virus in New York.”  Presented to the faculty and students of the Conservation Department, Finger Lakes Community College. Canandaigua N.Y. November 2000.
  • “Protecting Yourself from Influenza.” Presented to the staff and residents of numerous senior living facilities. Ontario County. August 2000

Professional Memberships

  • American Public Health Association
  • S2AY Rural Health Network, Public Health Prevention Committee
  • S2AY Rural Health Network, Regional Farm to Cafeteria Committee
  • Ontario County Public Health, Professional Advisory Committee
  • Ontario County Health Collaborative
  • Finger Lakes Area Immunization Coalition
  • Finger Lakes Coalition to Stop Lead Poisoning
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