SPHHS celebrates National Public Health Week 2015

March 20, 2015

Dean Marjorie Aelion with 2014 Research Day winners Iris Corbasson (Delta Omega winner); Catherine Wickham (1st Place, Practice Category); Katelynn Venne (2nd Place, Practice Category); Haotian Wu (1st Place, Research Category); Cory Greever (2nd Place, Research Category); and Carrie Nobles (3rd Place, Research Category).

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences has planned a week’s worth of events in honor of the 2015 National Public Health Week. The events highlight the School’s message of education, research, outreach and practice.

The School will hold its 18th Annual Research Day on Monday, April 6. The School holds this event, celebrated annually during the National Public Health Week, as an opportunity for the university, media and surrounding communities to learn more about the research, instruction and outreach conducted by its students. Students from all departments in the SPHHS will present posters of their work which will be judged based on content and presentation. Awards are made in Research and Practice categories. One award will be presented by the Delta Omega Honor Society, which will submit the winner's abstract as part of its submissions to the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

The SPHHS also will host its 2nd annual Health & Wellness Panel Discussion on Thursday, April 9. The panel will feature alumni representatives holding degrees in kinesiology, nutrition, and public health who have a shared interest in health and wellness in corporate and healthcare settings. Alumni panelists will discuss how they broke into the field, obstacles they have encountered along the way, and how the field has grown since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The event will be moderated by Judi LaBranche, lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, and feature representatives from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, the Continuum Performance Center, Plus One Health Management, and more.

In addition, the undergraduate Public Health Club and the Public Health Peer Advisors at UMass Amherst will sponsor a number of events throughout the week, hosting a health disparities workshop, a showing of the documentary Sicko, a mindfulness and holistic health workshop, a healthy living convention promoting healthy lifestyles through diet and exercise, and tabling on campus to promote the achievements in public health.

For more information on any of these events, contact Matt Medeiros by email at mmedeiros@schoolph.umass.edu.