Conferences and Community Events

9000 Needles Movie Screening

Date: 
Sat, 2013-04-13 13:30
Location: 
Campus Center Room 101

Graduate students from the Department of Communication Disorders, in association with Dr. Stephen Jefferson, a stroke survivor and lecturer from the Department of Sports Management, and Dr. Jacquie Kurland, assistant professor of Communication Disorders, will host a free screening of the award-winning documentary 9000 Needles. The screening will take place in the Campus Center Room 101 at UMass Amherst on Saturday, April 13th. Doors open at 1:30 pm. An introduction from local acupuncturist, Dr. Benjamin Feeley, will start at 1:45 pm, immediately followed by the screening of this 85-minute film. A question and answer session with Dr. Feeley will follow the screening. Donations will be accepted at the door to help fund this event and raise money for stroke and aphasia research at UMass Amherst.

Although about 795,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke this year, most people cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors, and many are unaware that most of those strokes are preventable. 9000 Needles demonstrates a first-hand account of stroke and its effects, providing viewers with a unique educational experience. Learning about stroke can help you act in time to save a co-worker, friend, or relative. Making changes in your lifestyle may also help to prevent stroke. (Source: www.stroke.org)

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4th Annual Walk and Roll for Aphasia

Date: 
Sat, 2013-04-20 10:00
Location: 
Sweetser Park, downtown Amherst

The Fourth Annual Walk and Roll for Aphasia will take place in Sweetser Park located in downtown Amherst on Main Street (across from the Amherst Police Station) on Saturday, April 20th.  Check in begins at 10:00am.  The 2.6 mile walk, which will start at 11:00am, will occur rain or shine.  Afterwards, a raffle for gift cards and other prizes will take place.

Anyone interested is asked to join the walk, sponsor a walker, or provide a donation.  Participants who raise over $100 in donations will receive an event t-shirt.  To register, forms are available at http://blogs.umass.edu/aphasia/walk-and-roll/ . Register in advance or on the day of the event.  Registration forms and donations may be sent to Polly Stokes, Department of Communication Disorders, 358 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003-9296.  For more information, see the website, contact umass.aphasiawalk@gmail.com, or search for the event page on Facebook.

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Mosquitoes: Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), West Nile Virus, and Severe Weather

Date: 
Wed, 2013-04-24 17:00 to 19:30
Location: 
Ralph Froio Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield

The Western Massachusetts Public Health Association (WMPHA) will present a seminar on health dangers associated with mosquitoes and severe weather. Speakers include:

Dr. Catherine Brown DVM, from the MA Epidemiology Program:  will cover basics of surveillance in mosquitoes, animals and humans, epidemiology of the diseases, how risk is assigned and then what the recommended public health actions are for each risk level

Lee Corte-Real from the MA Pesticide Bureau: will cover functions of his agency and mosquito control plus

Session is Free

Registration due by: April 17, 2013

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Mosquitoes: Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), West Nile Virus, and Severe Weather

Date: 
Wed, 2013-04-24 08:00 to 13:00
Location: 
Summit View Banquet & Meeting House, 555 Northampton Street, Holyoke

The Western Massachusetts Public Health Association (WMPHA) will present a seminar on health dangers associated with mosquitoes and severe weather. Speakers include:

Dr. Catherine Brown DVM, from the MA Epidemiology Program:  will cover basics of surveillance in mosquitoes, animals and humans, epidemiology of the diseases, how risk is assigned and then what the recommended public health actions are for each risk level

Lee Corte-Real from the MA Pesticide Bureau: will cover functions of his agency and mosquito control plus

Glenn Field from the National Weather Service: has been the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) for the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Taunton, MA since October, 1993. As WCM, he is responsible for ensuring that customers of weather forecasts and warnings are able to receive the products and that they understand what they mean

Session costs $25

Registration due by: April 17, 2013

Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA)'s 11th Annual Awards Breakfast

Date: 
Fri, 2013-06-07 08:30 to 10:30
Location: 
The State Room, 60 State Street, Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) will be holding its 11th Annual Awards Breakfast. This event celebrates the achievements of the Massachusetts public health community. This year the awards include:

Paul Revere Award: Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Public Health Leadership in Medicine Award: Andrew Balder, MD, Attending Physician, Mason Square Health Center of Baystate Medical Center and Senior Medical Director, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan

Alfred Frechette Award: Steven Fischer, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Council

Lemuel Shattuck Award: Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox, Executive Director, MA Association of Community Health Workers (MACHW)

Please visit the MPHA website or contact Kara Keenan at (857) 263-7072, x113 with any questions. 

Soul Food Junkies

Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-18 10:00 to 15:00
Location: 
College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center Ballroom, Worcester, MA

The College of the Holy Cross, along with MACHW and several other sponsors have organized a showing of Bryon Hurt's "Soul Food Junkies". Along with a showing of the film attendees will receive a facilitation workshop, lunch and a opportunity to discuss the film with Mr. Hurt, who will be in attendance. All attendees will receive a copy of the film along with a discussion packet for replication in communities.

The events costs $50.00 for attendees who attend the Facilitation Training, Luncheon, and Film & Discussion. The cost is $25.00 for those who wish to attend just the Luncheon and Film & Discussion.

For additional information please call 508. 793.2669 or mail Robert Jones at rjone@holycross.edu.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08 14:00 to 17:00
Location: 
Springfield Public Library (Mason Square), 765 State Street, Springfield, MA

An afternoon lunch will be held for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and include a discussion on the views of women and girls about the method and importance of HIV  testing and topics surrounding HIV/AIDS .  

For more information please call (413)747-5755 or (413)205-1231

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Pre-Health Sciences Networking and Awards Night

Date: 
Thu, 2013-04-04 18:00 to 21:00
Location: 
Student Union Ballroom, UMass Amherst

The Pre-Medical Society, in conjunction with the College of Natural Sciences and the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst, will host the 2nd Annual Pre-Health Sciences Networking and Awards Night. This event is designed to offer students with interests in the various fields of the health and science industries an opportunity to network with and make the acquaintance of various faculty, students and industry professionals with interests in similar fields.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. William T. Curry, a Neurosurgeon at Mass General Hospital and a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Please RSVP by March 8, 2013 to events.umps@gmail.com and join this great night of networking for students, faculty, alumni, and industry professionals.

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7th Annual YEAH! Network Conference

Date: 
Thu, 2013-05-09 08:30 to 16:30
Location: 
Whitney Avenue Conference Center, 361 Whitney Avenue Holyoke, MA 01040

The 7th Annual Youth Empowerment Adolescent Health Network (YEAH!) Network Conference will feature workshops led by local, state, and national presenters and a keynote by Judy Norsigian, Executive Director of Our Bodies Ourselves and co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause (2006) and Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth (2008).

“This presentation will describe the history of sterilization abuse in the US and its impact on reproductive health policies affecting women, especially poorer women and women of color. The eugenic and population control ideologies behind the use of coercive sterilization and other practices limiting women’s reproductive options remain today, although not as blatant as in earlier years,” Norsigian says of her speech.

This is a free event but registration is required. Registration deadline is April 26, 2013.

CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers

Date: 
Wed, 2013-05-01 18:00 to 22:00
Location: 
Skinner Hall, Room 112

Convenient, competitively priced opportunity for Nursing and other Health Sciences students: obtain or maintain your CPR proficiency! Meets SON CPR requirement for clinical placements. Please RSVP for scheduling purposes to ensure an appropriate number of instructors: spennell@student.umass.edu.

Cost: $45

Proceeds benefit UMass MRC & UMass EMS

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