Catherine L. Ramstetter, PhD

Introduction and Welcome

Posted in Uncategorized by Cathy "Dr R" Ramstetter, PhD, CHES on October 7, 2009

Catherine L. Ramstetter, PhD, CHES

Phone: (513) 515-8402


Professional Dossier & eCV:

I am a Health Educator with experience in school health leadership, community-level health promotion, service learning and teaching. My work focuses on community-engaged and school-based collaboration for communities to promote health-sustaining environments and to foster children’s healthy growth and development—intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically:

  • Leader of Participatory Action Research with a local elementary school to promote health through the Coordinated School Health model
  • Facilitator with 12 municipal-community teams in local communities for the CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant.
  • Co-author of the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy on Recess in collaboration with pediatricians in Ohio.

Through these experiences, I learned first-hand the power of locally-driven, collaborative action, and in July of 2015, I founded Successful Healthy Children with a vision to be a champion for school health and wellness in elementary schools, advocating for recess for every child everyday and promoting children’s health and success in schools.

Successful Healthy Children will facilitate the formation of school-level wellness/health councils by engaging students and teachers in the process of inquiry and assessment to build on assets, establish policies and implement initiatives which enhance children’s healthy growth and development. With Successful Healthy Children, students, faculty, staff and parents are engaged and invested in the process and in the outcome, creating a solid foundation for sustainable action and outcomes.

Teaching (undergraduate and graduate):

IS 300 Health Promotion & Wellness
SOPS 105 Social and Cultural Issues in Contemporary Regional Health Care
HPE 136 Community Health
HPE 196 First Aid & CPR
HPE 732 Health Promotion Program Management
HPE 791 Health Science Statistics
PH 702 Health Systems and Health Policy

Research and Service:

As a member of the Committee on Home and School Health (HASH) for the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, I investigated recess in schools in the United States. I was the lead author of an article which was published in the November, 2010 issue of Journal of School Health. See Research on Recess.

I am engaged with one elementary school. We received a $2000 Fuel Up To Play grant for the 2012-2013 school year, and another $3000 for 2013-2014. See my page on School Health.