At the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual meeting in Boston, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) formally recognized public health educators from the Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center (WMPHTC) for their ground-breaking survey of public health needs in western Massachusetts and their creative plans to meet those needs. The WMPHTC received the national “Promising Practice” award from HRSA for their new 10-week, 60-hour pilot training plan and curriculum, expected to meet the requirements for the voluntary state certification program for community health workers in 2014.
SPHHS at the APHA annual meeting in Boston
Faculty, staff, students and alumni from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences joined more than 12,500 public health professionals for the American Public Health Association's 141st Annual Meeting & Exposition held in Boston from November 2 through November 6, 2013. Conference attendees came together from across the country and around the world to present the latest research and explore new strategies to address today’s leading health challenges. The SPHHS table in the exposition hall drew scores of visitors, and numerous faculty, students and alumni presented their research findings at panel discussions and poster presentations.
Nutrition alumna Hillary Wright '84, MEd, RD, LDN, is the author of a recently published book about healthy eating. Titled The Prediabetes Diet Plan: How to Reverse Prediabetes and Prevent Diabetes through Healthy Eating and Exercise (Ten Speed/Random House Press, 2013), the book guides readers in managing and reversing prediabetes, a condition involving elevated glucose levels that often leads to type 2 diabetes.
Public Health graduate student Luise Weber and alumna Marcella Felde, ’13, recently attended a regional Youth Leaders program retreat in Kotzebue, Alaska. The pair were involved in evaluation and data collection activities during the event at the invitation of Associate Professor of Community Health Education Lisa Wexler and the Northwest Arctic Borough School District’s Youth Leaders Program Director, Michelle Woods.
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted a Boston Alumni Networking Night at the Seaport World Trade Center on November 4, 2013. Numerous alumni turned out for the event and to participate in networking roundtable discussions with organizations including the Joslin Diabetes Center, Human Services Management Corporation, HealthFitness Corporation, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. View a slideshow of the proceedings below.