Areas of Expertise (5)
Evidence-Based Public Health
Commencement Speaker, West Virginia University
CPH Chapter Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, University of Kentucky
Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Wright State University
CPH Joel Lee Health Services Management Outstanding Dissertation, University of Kentucky
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumnus Award, West Virginia University
Academic Excellence and Enhancement Scholarship Award, University of Kentucky
Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Ohio State University
University of Kentucky: Dr.P.H., Health Services Management 2018
Ohio State University: M.P.H., Health Services, Management and Policy 2015
West Virginia University: M.A., Sociology 1992
Wright State University: B.A., Psychology and Sociology 1989
Media Appearances (1)
Statesboro Magazine May/June 2018 Edition
We’re very fortunate in Bulloch County, while other rural areas across the state are losing local hospitals to closures, we have East Georgia Regional Medical Center with over 600 employees and over 95 physicians representing a wide range of specialties to serve our area. In this issue we highlight the doctors of EGRMC in the official 2018 Physicians Guide. We’re also featuring another area provider of multiple wellness services, Optim Healthcare, and also talked to William “Bill” Mase, PhD, of the Jiann Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern. Dr. Mase gives us an inside look at some of the important research being done on rural hospital closings, health profession shortages and what is being done to survey and address these crises in healthcare in our state. Don't miss our annual “Summer Fun” section, full of camps for children and activities! Thank you for reading!
Analysis of Food Service Operation Risk Classification and Associated Food Safety Violation FrequencyJournal of Environmental Health
Patrick Chang, Haresh Rochani, William A. Mase, Jeffery A. Jones, Asli Aslan
2018 Though local health department performance of restaurant inspections plays an important role in preventing foodborne illness, restaurant inspection quality and uniformity often varies across local health department jurisdictions and among employees. In 2012, the Cincinnati Health Department initiated a food safety staff quality improvement initiative. This initiative, part of a Food and Drug Administration national training standards grant initiative, featured standardized training and food safety workforce practices, defined food safety program data collection standards, and refined reporting protocols. The aim of this article was to explore the relationship between the Ohio food safety code violations incurred and the risk classifications to which a Cincinnati food service operation belongs (ranked I–IV based upon potential threat to public safety). A random intercept model was selected to quantify the difference in odds between risk classification categories of incurring violations. Additionally, longitudinal data analysis tracked violation trends across the three years of the study. Main findings were 1) the odds of receiving a food safety violation increased with each year and 2) food establishments categorized as risk class IV had a higher odds of receiving a food safety violation compared with the other risk classifications.
Assessing Training Needs and Competency Gaps in Food Protection StaffJournal of Environmental Health
William A. Mase, Bobby Jo Newell, H. Pamela Pagano, Jessica Arrazola
2017 This study assessed the training needs and knowledge gaps across five competency domains among the food protection staff of the Cincinnati Health Department. The five overarching competency domains assessed included 1) scientific knowledge; 2) foodborne illness knowledge, rules, and regulations; 3) temperature and storage; 4) inspection equipment; and 5) communication. A full network workforce assessment was conducted in a 3-year prospective longitudinal study design. Key findings show that competency areas identified as needing attention improved over time. The domain that consistently showed the highest percentage of workforce needing improvement was foodborne illness knowledge, rules, and regulations.
After-Action Review of the 2009-10 H1N1 Influenza Outbreak Response: Ohio’s Public Health System’s PerformanceJournal of Emergency Management
William A. Mase, Beth Bickford, Casey L. Thomas, Shamika D. Jones, Michael Bisesi
2017 Objective: In early 2009, H1N1 influenza was identified within the human population. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials responded with focused assessment, policy development, and assurances. The response was mobilized through efforts including procurement of adequate vaccine supply, local area span of control, materials acquisition, and facilities and resource identification.