Ongoing SPHHS Events & Activities

Public Health Foundations for Social Action

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Campus Center, Room 804-808
Public Health
Community Health Education
Health Policy and Management

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The Department of Health Promotion and Policy of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences is pleased to announce a series of dinner and conversation events exploring Social Action from a public health perspective.

Join us in the Campus Center, room 804-808, for Part 3 of Public Health Foundations for Social Action on Wednesday, May 3 at 6:00 PM.

Faculty facilitators will guide participants through a series of round table discussions about future social justice action in public health.

The emphasis will be on student engagement and preparation for successfully navigating a new funding opportunity for HPP students.

Our dinner conversations will include:

1. What is social justice to you?

2. How does social justice fit into your public health work?

3. What do you want to do to contribute to social justice and health equity in the near future?

4. How will you know if your work mattered (assessment of impact and/or value)?

These questions will be the prompts for a 2-3 page funding proposal for approximately $500 to support our current HPP students in social justice and health equity work.

The deadline for these proposals will be May 19th, and students will receive their awards in time for summer adventures.

Spread the word: Public health Foundations for SOCIAL ACTION part 3 -- Wednesday May 3 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Public Health Foundations for Social Action: The Place of Justice in Public Health

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

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TBD
Public Health
Community Health Education
Health Policy and Management

Description: 

The Department of Health Promotion and Policy is pleased to announce a series of dinner and conversation events exploring the Public Health Foundations for Social Action.

Our second event "The Place of Justice in Public Health" is scheduled for Thursday, March 30th at 6:00 PM. This event continues from our previous conversation "Perceptions of Justice" and will include the following themes:

  • Justice and caring for others and gathering data
  • Gathering data and presenting of evidence: incidences of illness and health disparities
  • Looking Upstream for the causes of ill health: exploring social determinants
  • Understanding the connection between social health and individual health
  • Exploring measures of health and well-being

HPP Faculty members will be present to show how justice fits into their research projects and we may be able to dedicate some time to explore students' ideas about how justice fits into their own on-going projects.

Spread the word: Public health foundations for SOCIAL ACTION part 2 -- Thursday March 30 6:00 - 8:30 PM

 

Shine a Light: A Dance and Music Showcase to Raise Awareness for Aphasia and Stroke Survivors

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 -
11:00am to 2:00pm

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Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union Building
Communication Disorders

Description: 

On March 25, 2017, the UMass Stroke Support Group (SSG) will host their annual event to raise community awareness for stroke and aphasia and to promote the student‐run organization’s goals and mission of bridging the gap between SSG’s members and the local community.

Aphasia is an impairment of language affecting the production and/or comprehension of spoken and written language, usually as a result of a left hemisphere stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke affects nearly 800,000 Americans each year, resulting in 130,000 deaths and leaving the majority of survivors with serious and chronic disability. Roughly one million people currently live in the U.S. with chronic, persistent post-stroke language impairments and resulting psychosocial consequences that can significantly restrict their ability to participate in routine activities associated with a meaningful life.

This year, the SSG’s event will celebrate the inspirational lives of its members through Shine a Light, a dance and music showcase. The showcase will feature the UMass Dance Company and original pieces performed by graduate students in the Communication Disorders department. Most importantly, members of the community who have had strokes will share their inspirational stories through video diaries and performances.

The event will be held in the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union Building on the UMass Amherst campus beginning at 11:00 am. Admission is free; however tax‐deductible donations will be welcomed. After paying for event expenses, money raised will go towards the organization’s mission of educating and providing support for stroke survivors and their families while promoting awareness in the community about stroke and aphasia.

For more information on the SSG and/or the Shine a Light event, please contact Dr. Jacquie Kurland or Polly Stokes (413-545‐4007) or Amanda Bernhard, Graduate Student event co‐coordinator at fiddlehead1985@gmail.com.

Bio-Epi Seminar Series: Deborah Hoadley, Infectious Disease Specialist

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Friday, November 18, 2016 -
12:15pm to 1:15pm

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University of Massachusetts, Campus Center, Room 904-908
Public Health
Biostatistics
Epidemiology

Description: 

Deborah J. Hoadley, M.D, MPH will present a talk titled “Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses: 2016 Update.”

Dr. Hoadley is an Infectious Disease Specialist based in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

*Food will be provided*

For more information, contact: Deb Osowski at dosowski@schoolph.umass.edu or 413-545-4603

Bio-Epi Seminar Series: Micah Hill, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

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Friday, December 9, 2016 -
12:15pm to 1:15pm

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University of Massachusetts, Campus Center, Room 904-908
Biostatistics
Epidemiology

Description: 

Dr. Micah Hill will present a talk titled "Premature progesterone elevation and in vitro fertilization outcomes.” The presentation explores the biology of natural progesterone production and why it occurs prematurely with ovarian stimulation during IVF. It then focuses on scientific evidence that premature progesterone elevation diminishes embryo implantation and live birth.

Dr. Hill is an REI physician and Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of OBGYN with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

*Food will be provided*

For more information, contact: Deb Osowski at dosowski@schoolph.umass.edu or 413-545-4603

Kinesiology/Center for Personalized Health Monitoring Seminar Series: Laurie Goodyear, Ph.D.

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Monday, December 12, 2016 -
1:25pm to 2:15pm

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Campus Center, Room 165
Kinesiology

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"Healthy Adipose Tissue:  New Insights into Mechanisms Underlying the Beneficial Effects of Exercise on Metabolism" 
Laurie Goodyear, Ph.D.
Head of the Integrative Physiology and Metabolism Joslin Diabetes Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard School of Medicine

Light refreshments will be served at 1:10 p.m.

Kinesiology/Center for Personalized Health Monitoring Seminar Series: Liam Fitzgerald, M.S.

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Monday, December 5, 2016 -
1:25pm to 2:15pm

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University of Massachusetts, Life Sciences Laboratory, Room S340
Kinesiology

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Liam Fitzgerald, M.S., a doctoral student in Kinesiology at UMass Amherst, will present a talk titled "Heterogeneity of In Vivo Muscle Oxidative Capacity in Aging Humans".

Light refreshments will be served at 1:10 p.m.

Kinesiology/Center for Personalized Health Monitoring Seminar Series: Thomas Longyear, M.S.

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Monday, November 28, 2016 -
1:25pm to 2:15pm

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University of Massachusetts, Life Sciences Laboratory, Room S340
Kinesiology

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Thomas Longyear, M.S., a doctoral student in Kinesiology at UMass Amherst, will present a talk. 

Light refreshments will be served at 1:10 p.m.