PHS Newsletter Issue # 18

Issue Number 18 Date 2/14/13


Nominate your favorite teacher for the SPHHS 2012-13 College Outstanding Teacher Award (Deadline: 12 PM February 25, 2013)
If there is a teacher who you feel deserves to be recognized, please take the time to write a letter stating the teacher’s name, department, and reason why you feel he/she should be nominated.
Please e-mail your completed nomination to Adrian Grace at

Academic Opportunities

Lecture: Racism and Health: Finding Questions and Directions
Lecturer: David R. Williams, Ph.D. Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health; Professor of African and African American Studies; Sociology Department Affiliate at Harvard University
Tuesday, March 5th, 20131:15 PM
Campus Center, Reading Room
Short Biography: Dr. David R. Williams is internationally recognized as a leading social scientist, enhancing the understanding of the complex ways in which race, racial discrimination, socioeconomic status and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health. The Everyday Discrimination scale that he developed is currently one of the most widely used measures. He is the author of more than 300 scholarly papers in scientific journals and edited collections and has played a visible, national leadership role in raising awareness levels of the problem of health disparities.

Abstracts for UMass Research Day are due March 15, 2013. Please send abstracts to Dr. Elaine Puleo at Research day will be on  Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 3-6 PM in Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union. Information about presenters and abstract directions can be found on the Research Day page of our website.

Culture Health and Science Certificate
Certificate: The CHS program allows students an opportunity to explore human health, disease, and healing from an interdisciplinary perspective. The study of human health requires theoretical frameworks and research strategies that integrate physical and socio-cultural aspects of human experience.
Senior Deadline: Seniors hoping to attain the CHS Certificate must meet with a campus CHS advisor before FRIDAY, April 12, 2013 to verify their certificate checklists and bring with them an unofficial transcript.
More information:

Civil Liberties and Public Policy: From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom
Hampshire College
April 12-14 2013
This is the 27th annual conference by CLPP. This conference is for students and community activists interested in issues of reproductive freedom. At this conference, there will be more than 75 workshops and training on topics including abortion access, birth and families, disability justice, queering reproductive justice, racial justice, and immigrant rights just to name a few.
More information:
Register: Please register online before the conference so we can be best prepared for all our participants.

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2013
Presented by Unite for Sight, 10th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Saturday, April 13-Sunday, April 14 2013
Organization: The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes more than 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.
More information:
Presenters: Students interested in presenting, please Submit a social enterprise pitch abstract for consideration.
Registration: Registration rate increases after February 15, make sure to get a spot as soon as possible!  Register  to secure the lowest registration rate.

Fullbright Scholar Program Workshop
Presented by International Programs Office and Office of Research and Engagement
Lunch workshop: 12-1:30 PM
Individual advising sessions: 1:30-4:30 PM
This workshop will present the Fullbright research opportunities and application process. Reserve a spot: Please send an e-mail to Andrea Juno at IPO to express your interest in the workshop at

Scholarships and Support

Center for Research on Families Family Research Assistantship Scholarship
Deadline: February 22 by 5 PM
Description: $3,000 to an undergraduate student(s) with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to the field of family research. Student(s) will assist a faculty member with his/her research on families.
Apply: Go to this link.

Center for Research on Families Family Research Honors Thesis/Capstone Project Award
Deadline: February 22 by 5 PM
Description: An award in the amount of $500  will be given to recognize an outstanding UMass senior undergraduate student whose Honors Thesis or Capstone Project focuses on family issues.
Apply: Go to this link


Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps Paid Summer Internship: Deadline February 25
Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP)
Organization: Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps is a national program which  
offers hands-on experiences for students who are interested in reproductive rights and social justice activism.
Internship: The paid summer internship for undergraduates is a great way for students to pursue  
their interests in reproductive rights movement while gaining useful skills through participating in research, advocacy, education, and organizing. Applicants must not be on leave, studying abroad, or graduating in the spring/summer of 2013.

MLSC 2013-14 Internship Challenge
Organization: The Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for life sciences companies in Massachusetts. The program will offer paid internships for over 400 college students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences. Contact: Ryan Mudawar at Apply:

NIOSH Internship Program: Deadline March 18
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
Internship: This is the tenth year of the summer program that is designed as a field-based learning experience in occupational safety and health. Students work with labor unions or community-based organizations on a variety of issues of major importance to workers and the occupational safety and health professionals. Students can apply to work in any of the following cities, regardless of where they now reside: Berkeley/Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and New York City. A stipend is provided for the 9-week experience ($4,000 for undergraduates, $5,200 for graduates (no housing allowance but we can assist those relocating for the summer to find temporary housing.)
Contact: The National Program Coordinator: Sarah Jacobs (
Apply: To learn more and to apply, click here.

For tips on how to find and sign up for an  internship, visit the Undergraduate Public Health FAQ section online.

Job Opportunities

Full and Part-time Fitness and Wellness Specialists (by 2/15/13)
Organization: AdvantageHealth Corporation (Shrewsbury and Worcester, MA)
Responsibilities: Fitness & Wellness Specialists will be responsible for assisting in the daily supervision of the Fitness Center, managing memberships, implementing wellness programs for students/employees, conducting orientations on the equipment/facility, administering fitness assessments, instructing group exercise classes, prescribing exercise programs, providing one-on-one/small group personal training and, most importantly, providing outstanding customer service to Fitness Center members.
Eligibility: Candidates must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, kinesiology, corporate wellness or other health-related field. Knowledge of exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, health promotion programming, corporate wellness and facility operations needed. Candidates must be able and willing to teach a variety of group exercise classes each week as a part of their position. Professional certifications by nationally recognized health/fitness organizations, such as ACSM, NSCA, NETA, ACE and AFAA, are preferred. Specialty group exercise certifications in yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Spinning and kettle bells, or the desire to obtain these certifications, highly desired. Candidates must hold, or be willing to obtain upon hire, a current certification in CPR/AED. Organization and strong computer skills are a must.  
Applying: Submit a resume and cover letter by 2/15/13 to:
AdvantageHealth Corporation
Attn: Human Resources
Two Appletree Square
8011 34th Avenue South, Suite 216
Bloomington, MN 55425
952.303.6818 (fax)

Assistant Director of Public Health
Organization: Marshfield Board of Health (MA)
Responsibilities: The Assistant Director of Public Health works for and supports the Board of Health and the Director of Public Health and is responsible for enforcing the codes, regulations, policies, laws and bylaws as set forth by the State, Federal and local government agencies.  Employee is required to perform all similar or related duties. Pay Scale: Grade 10, $47,251 to $53,140, additional Pay increase (4% to 6% increase) likely after April 2013 Town Meeting vote.
Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health with 1-3 years of related work experience; or any equivalent combination training and experience with provides the required knowledge, skill and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, supervising and evaluating community based public health programs; considerable knowledge of the materials, methods, safety precautions and techniques related to disease control and public health inspections; knowledge of the principles and practices of effective budgetary management are all valuable. Excellent customer service skills; skill in coordinating various programs and projects simultaneously; proficient oral and written communication skills is also recommended.
Apply: Send resumes to Marshfield Board of Health, Town Hall, 870 Moraine St., Marhsfield, MA, 02050 or e-mail to

Scribe for ScribeAmerica
Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA
Internship: Closely work with board certified emergency physicians in emergency department setting to create medical records for each patient evaluated by doctors. Students paid up to $10/hour with a minimum of two shifts per week, part time for two years. Apply: Contact Samantha Hay,, with resume and cover letter.

Campus Announcements and Activities

Public Health Club will meet on Monday,  February 25th at 6:00pm
Campus Center, Room 101
Public Health Club will be meeting to plan National Public Health Week. If you attended the 2/4 meeting please be sure to come to the meeting prepared to discuss your event.
If you have any questions or would like to organize an event please email “Like” the Public Health Club on Facebook

Thursday, Feb. 14, & Friday, Feb. 15
12:00-4:00 PM
Goodell 511
Want help with your resume before the career fairs? Stop by for 15-minute walk-in resume reviews. Extra staff will be on hand. All students and majors are not only welcome, but encouraged to attend!

ALANA Career Fair
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Student Union Ballroom
Meet employers looking for ALANA students of all majors for full-time, Co-op and/or Internship opportunities. Typically employers attending this event have specific openings to discuss, and many attend just to meet you and talk about future possibilities.
The list of employers coming can be found here
Companies seeking more information, please click here
Students seeking more information, please click here

On-Campus Networking Night
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Campus Center 10th Floor
This very special evening, arranged exclusively for current UMass Amherst students, will bring experienced professionals from a wide range of employers, from major corporations to non-profit organizations, to engage and assist you with career guidance and employment opportunities in a small group setting.
Registration is required:

Career Blast 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Campus Center Auditorium
Employers attending this event have a variety of opportunities and look forward to meeting UMass students in a friendly and professional atmosphere. All majors and degree level students will find employers available to talk with them about full-time employment, internships, co-ops and summer jobs.
The list of employers coming can be found here
Students seeking more information, please click here

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley

Valentine’s Day is here...let’s fall in love and get healthy!
Written by Glendaly P.
Edited by Ally D.

Love Can Make you Healthy!

February is mostly known for the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day. On this day, people often celebrate their love for another person by sending flowers, cards, special chocolates and much more. When we hear the word “love,” many of us run from it or shamefully admire it. The word itself often has a tremendous impact on people. Sometimes, love makes us feel like if we are on cloud nine or it may make us emotional upon hearing a specific song. Without a doubt, love has mysterious powers. It may not come as a surprise to many of you, but “love” can be capable of more than just giving us a warm feeling inside.

Did you ever wonder if love could improve your heart health? According to Blair Justice Ph.D., Professor emeritus of psychology from the University of Texas School of Public Health states, "The evidence is very strong that good relationships have health benefits."

According to Justice, many researchers have investigated different relationships ranging from marriages, to families, to friendships and concluded that love can do much more than just make you feel happy.

Love can...

  • Help prevent plaque buildup in the arteries
  • Protect against heart disease
  • Boost levels of antibodies in the body
  • Reduce levels of stress chemicals, which can damage the immune system
  • Lower risk of disease in general
  • Decrease risk of early death
  • Lengthen life
  • Lower Depression

Granted, love may not heal all wounds but it could heal them quicker, according to the Washington Post. In 2005, Ohio State University stated that “a study found that married couples who were positive and mutually supportive actually experienced faster healing of wounds than those in turmoil.” So the next time you hesitate to show that special someone that you care, remember...sharing the love may mean a healthier heart for both of you!

Love, Happiness, and Health


Hello from the Public Health Peer Advisors! We are a group of experienced and involved students on campus with a two-fold objective: to support you in your academic needs and promote the understanding of public health. In order to fulfill this mission, we will highlight public health related events in the Pioneer Valley that will help you become better informed about this field and make decisions that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Peer Advising Hours

Monday: 9:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday: 8am-11am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2pm, & 2:30pm-5pm
Wednesday: 8:45am-4pm
Thursday: 8:30am-11am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2pm, & 2:30pm-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-11:00m & 11:15-1:45pm

Please bring a completed copy of your Tracking Form

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