Marietta A. Orlowski, PhD

Department:
Population and Public Health Sci
Title:
Interim Chair and Associate Professor Population & Public Health Sciences
Address:
Res Park-Tech Center IV, 3123 Research Blvd Ste 200, Dayton, OH 45420-4035

Marietta Orlowski, Ph.D., MCHES, is an associate professor in the Department of Population & Public Health Sciences and serves as director of the heath promotion and education concentration in the Master of Public Health program. In May 2016, the Ohio Public Health Association recognized her for Distinguished Service in Health Education.

Dr. Orlowski’s research involves health behavior measurement and risk reduction in children and adolescents. She collaborates with local school districts on federally funded projects to improve school-based nutrition, and has been invited to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to present her research in tobacco prevention. Dr. Orlowski enjoys working with graduate students on community-based evaluation projects and many of these students have presented their work at national and state conferences.

Dr. Orlowski completed her doctorate in health promotion and education, with a cognate in health care administration, at The Ohio State University. She has an M.A. from Morehead State University and a B.S. from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to coming to Wright State, Dr. Orlowski was the Director of Health Education for Middletown Regional Health System and implemented community-based risk reduction programs throughout southwest Ohio. She also practiced as a health educator in eastern Kentucky. Dr. Orlowski is a member of the the American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education.

Courses

  • Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
  • Health Program Planning & Evaluation

Research Interests

  • Risk reduction in children and adolescents
  • Building capacity for community-based program evaluation
  • Theoretical framework of public health programs and policy

Active Projects

  1. PER Worksheet – a framework that helps learners synthesize the detailed information of multiple theories into one framework.
  2. OHIO Smarter Lunchrooms – project funded by the Ohio Department of Education through USDA Team Nutrition Training Grants
Education History: 

Ph.D., Health Promotion and Education, The Ohio State University

M.A., Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Morehead State University

B.S., Health Promotion and Education, University of Cincinnati

Professional

Publications: 

Orlowski M., Lee, M., Spears, W. Narayan, R., Pobocik, R., Kennel, J., Krafka, & Patton, S. (2017). Patterns in vegetable consumption: Implications for tailored school meal interventions. Journal of School Health, 87(5), 346-352.

Orlowski M., Patton S., Narayan, R., Patrick, A., Pobocik, R., Lodge, A., Irick, L., Roberts, S., Kennel, J. Spears, W. & Lee, M. (2017). Evaluation of a statewide project to nudge healthy choices in school lunchrooms. SAGE Research Methods Cases – Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473971929

Orlowski, M., Lorson, K., Lyon, A., & Minoughan, S. (2013). My Classroom Physical Activity Pyramid: A tool for integrating movement in the classroom.  Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 84(9), 47-51.

Orlowski, M., Lorson, K., Lyon, A., Minoughan, S., Call, K. & Rice, K. (2012). Classroom that Moves! [Classroom materials]. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Department of Education.

Orlowski, M., Adkins, S., Ellison, S., Choh, A., Schuster, R.J, Terwoord N. (2013). Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity in a Primary Care Practice. World Medical & Health Policy 5(1), 19-36.

Martin, S., Orlowski, M. & Ellison, S. (2013). Sociodemographic factors that predict cervical cancer screenings in Ohio women with a disability. Social Work in Public Health. 28(6), 583-590.

Orlowski M., Ebert J.R. & Pickoff A. (July 2011). Cardiovascular health promotion in the school setting. In Berenson, G. (Ed.), Evolution of cardio-metabolic risk from birth to middle age: The Bogalusa Heart Study. New York: Springer.

Husain, M., Orlowski, M., Wonders, K. & Hallam, J. (2010). Revisiting the relationship between beliefs and mammography utilization. American Journal of Health Studies 25(2). 78 – 85.

Langlois, M. & Hart A. (2010). Go! Including movement during lines and other routines. Young Children. September, 88-93.

Langlois, M. & Hallam, J. (2010) Integrating multiple health behavior theories into program planning: The PER worksheet. Health Promotion Practice 11(2), 282-288.

Moore, D., Langlois, M., Gerber, B., Gadis, R., Hallam, J. & Arnold, R. (2007). Intention to quit tobacco among individuals in alcohol and drug treatment. Substance Use and Misuse 42(5), 871-879.

Langlois, M., Petosa, R. & Hallam, J. (2005). Measuring self-efficacy and outcome expectations for resisting social pressures to smoke. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse 15 (2), 1-17.

Langlois, M., Petosa, R. & Hallam, J. (1999). Why do effective smoking prevention programs work? Student changes in Social Cognitive Theory constructs. Journal of School Health 69(8), 326-331.

Recent Presentations

Seybold, A., Orlowski M., & Patton, S. (2016, July). Using social media to educate school nutrition professionals. Society for Nutrition Education & Behavior National Conference. San Diego, CA.

Cauley, K. & Orlowski M., (2015, October). Public health and program evaluations. Ohio Society for Public Health Education. Deercreek State Park, OH.

Byker-Shanks, K., Orlowski, M. & Bark, K. (2015, July). Make your lunchroom smarter. 2015 Annual National Conference. School Nutrition Association, Salt Lake City, UT.

Hoy, K., Reed, H., Orlowski M., Ginsburg, D., Young, S. & Headrick, L. (2015, June). Smarter Lunchrooms: How collective impact results in a national movement! Childhood Obesity, 8th Biennial Conference. San Diego, CA.

Orlowski M., Patton S., Narayan, R., Patrick, A., Pobocik, R., Lodge, A., Irick, L., Roberts, S., Kennel, J. & Spears, W. (2014, November). A statewide project to nudge healthy choices: Processes, outcomes and reflections. American Public Health Association. New Orleans, LA.

Orlowski M., Narayan, R., & Spears, W. (2014, November). Color counts: Fruit and vegetable waste by color categories and other properties. American Public Health Association. New Orleans, LA.

Hoy, K., Bateson, W. & Orlowski, M. (2014, October). It’s not nutrition until it’s eaten. 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Atlanta, GA.

Orlowski M., Krafka, E., Claiborne, E & Grigley, A. (2014, October). Conducting a plate waste study in your school. Ohio Society for Public Health Education. Toledo, OH.

Orlowski M., Patton S. & Narayan, R. (2014, June). Smarter Lunchrooms – Ohio: A statewide project to nudge healthy choices. School Nutrition Association of Ohio. Mason, OH.

Orlowski, M., Lorson, K., Lyon, A., Minoughan, S., (2013, May). Classroom that Moves! Ohio Action for Healthy Kids: Learning Summit. Gahanna, Ohio.

Orlowski, M. (2012, October). My Classroom Physical Activity Pyramid. Ohio Society for Public Health Education. Deer Creek, OH.

Orlowski, M. (2012, October). Integrating multiple health behavior theories into program planning: The PER worksheet. American Public Health Association, San Francisco CA.

Orlowski, M. (2012, June). My Classroom Physical Activity Pyramid. 2012 Coordinated School Health Conference. Newark, Ohio.

Orlowski, M., Lorson, K., Lyon, A., Minoughan, S., Call, K. & Rice, K. (2012, June). Classroom that Moves! Preconference Workshop. 2012 Coordinated School Health Conference. Newark, Ohio.

Professional Affiliations/Memberships: 
  • Society for Public Health Education
  • Ohio Chapter of Society for Public Health Education
  • American Public Health Association
  • Ohio Public Health Association
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