SPHHS to host Research Day, programs for National Public Health Week

March 29, 2016

[[{"attributes":{},"fields":{}}]]The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) has planned a week’s worth of events in honor of the 2016 National Public Health Week. The events highlight the School’s message of education, research, outreach and practice.

The SPHHS will hold its 19th Annual Research Day on Tuesday, April 5 beginning at 2:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. 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.

On April 6th, the SPHHS and its partners in the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network will host a Spring Forum titled “We’re in This Together: Building a Culture of Health Equity in Western Massachusetts.” This cross-sector event will bring together professionals from the four western Massachusetts counties to brainstorm and create bridges for collaboration and to establish a culture of health equity in the region. Individuals and teams from organizations as diverse as local public health departments to hospitals to community health centers and agencies on aging will present ideas on improving the health of communities in the region. The event will feature speakers Attica Scott from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps on “Building a Culture of Health” and Steve Ridini of Health Resources in Action, who will be presenting on “What is a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).”

Later that evening, the undergraduate Public Health Club and Public Health Advisory Group will host a “Student-Faculty Research Panel: A Win-Win Experience for All.” The faculty-led panel discussion will focus on three different models of involving students in faculty research and scholarship activities. The student groups have organized the panel discussion with professor emerita of Health Policy and Management Paula Stamps, whose recent textbook Analyzing Form, Function and Financing of the U.S. Health Care System was written in collaboration with students in her course “Health Care for All: Myths and Realities.” Stamps, a long-time advocate of increased student-faculty collaboration, both in teaching and in research, will welcome her former students (and recent alumni) to campus for a book signing prior to the event.

In addition, the undergraduate Public Health Club and the Public Health Peer Advisors at UMass Amherst will sponsor a full week of events, including fundraisers devoted to suicide prevention and cancer research, as well as sessions devoted to stress reduction, sexual health, and reproductive freedom.

For more information on any of these events, contact Patrick Freeman by email at pfreeman@schoolph.umass.edu.