PHS Newsletter Issue # 19

Issue Number 19 Date 2/20/2013


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

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

Seminar: Physical Activity for Health in Kidney Cancer Survivors
Presenter: Linda Trinh, candidate for the Commonwealth Honors College-Kinesiology Assistant Professor Position; Ph.D. Candidate, Behavioral Medicine Laboratory Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation (University of Alberta, Canada)
Thursday, February 21, 1:45-2:35 PM
Campus Center, Room 917

SPRING BREAK! Announcing Opportunities for Communities: March 16-23, 2013 class: Community Health in Rural Haiti
Organization: OfC provides students learning and project opportunities in Bellabe, a remote rural village in southwestern Haiti, where they have established a durable relationship with the Village Council, the “Peasant Organization for the Development of Bellabe” and villagers.  
Course description: Basic Haitian Creole lessons are provided, and students use their new language skills as they interact with our neighbors and learn about their lives and teach the village kids some English!  Students are housed at OfC's house and classroom facility in Bellabe.  Research, planning and pre-travel preparation are required.  

  • Community-based health screening:  Blood Pressure Screening
  • The Restavek system and “teach” at Restavek school in Simon
  • Learn the power of micro-lending programs
  • Engage village children in sports activities
  • Day trip to the beach at Port Salut

Costs: Roundtrip from JFK to Port au Prince (estimated at $600), plus $1,000 for accommodations, ground transportation, meals, and program fee. Scholarships ($250) available for qualified applicants.
More information or to Register:

Please see the attached handout for more information.

2013 Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit: Call for Abstracts Opening in Early March
ASPH is pleased to announce that it will launch a call for abstracts, oral and poster presentations in early March for its 2013 Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit, co-sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
The Summit will take place at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, November 2, 2013, in Boston, MA.
More information:

Transition Connections: Exploring Transition Movements in Totnes & Cornwall; 2 week field course in S.W. England (Deadline: March 7)

Description: An opportunity to visit Totnes a small town in S.W. England, the founder location of the Transition Movement: a community-building, local organizing movement embracing politically diverse aspects of the environment, energy, food, local resilience, and creative local participation in changing mind-sets, rethinking local resilience, re-calibrating ways of envisaging economics, attitudes to daily life, building practical, constructive, collaborative initiatives staying in family homes, the visit will connect you with the workings of the transition vision and some of its grounded, innovative initiatives and bring you into dialogue with people involved in its development, challenges and implementation. Watch it all in action here:

Meetings to discuss details:

Monday, February 18: 6:45-7:45 PM in FPH 102 at Hampshire College

Friday, February 22: 4 PM in Hill-Urbana Room (3rd floor library) at Hampshire College

More information:

Contact: Jill Lewis (

San Gemini Preservation Studies Program: Summer 2013 Field School (Deadline: March 15)
Organization: Dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and connecting students with an opportunity to study and travel in Italy. Courses are taught in English.

  • Building Restoration (May 26-June 22)
  • Ceramics Restoration (May 26-June 22)
  • Book Bindings Restoratio* (May 26-June 22)
  • Paper Restoration (July 7-August 3)
  • Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques (July 7- August 3)
  • Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy (July 7- August 3)

Additional Information: To find out more about programs and  review the syllabi, please visit our website.

Research Participants Wanted: Developing 5-7 year-old children
Purpose: Research study for AuD Capstone Project.
Details: 30-40 minutes, parents will receive results from hearing and phonological awareness screenings at the conclusion of their child's participation.
Study: Participation will include a brief questionnaire about the child's history, a hearing
screening, phonological awareness screening, and administration of the "Gaps in Noise" test which involves listening to bursts of noise under headphones, and pressing a response button when a pause in the noise is heard.
More information or enrollment: please contact Nicole Maynard (, or 802-431-5398.

I.S.I.S. Field Courses for Health and Pre-Professional Students in Belize Summer Program
Organization: The courses offer your students a chance to study in the tropical, English-speaking setting of Belize and gain valuable professional and personal experience.  Belize’s rich environment, cultures and biodiversity are the labs for these courses.   Students can explore traditional and modern health systems, medicinal plants and indigenous healing, the lessons of indigenous peoples for the modern world or wildlife medicine.
Details: All courses are 3 credits and run in two-week sections from June through July or December through January. Students can combine courses for a four week/two course program. A two week course is $2675 and the four week course is $4,225.

More information: Cynthia Reece (

Scholarships and Support

Leaders in the Making Scholarship (Deadline: February 28)
Description: Two $2,000 scholarships given to promising sophomores and juniors with diverse records of achievement in academics and volunteerism.

Life Member Scholarship for Internships (Deadline: February 28)
Description: Two $2,000 scholarship given to a sophomore or junior to help defray the cost of a summer, unpaid, away-from-home internship.


Summer in South Africa Faculty-led Study Abroad/Health Communication Internship (Deadline: March 1)
Description: A 3 week, for-credit internship. Students will explore cross-national efforts to promote HIV/AIDS awareness, education, and prevention, design their own health communication campaigns to save lives, learn about “entertainment education” and how it is used to foster health awareness campaigns, and discover the Indian Ocean port city of Durban and the natural beauty of South Africa.
Program Dates: July 28-August 18, 2013

Job Opportunities

Program Assistant at Gynuity
Description: The Program Assistant will provide assistance to Gynuity program staff on a range of research projects related to women’s reproductive health issues, including postpartum hemorrhage, contraception, and medical abortion. The program assistant must be highly organized with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. We seek a flexible, open-minded individual with a strong commitment to women’s reproductive health issues, especially safe abortion care.
1. Minimum two years’ relevant work experience.
2. Thorough knowledge of Powerpoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. Experience with SPSS a plus.
3. B.A. in related area.
4. Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
5. Spanish or French language skills preferred, including reading and writing ability.
6. Strong organizational skills and quick learner. Ability to juggle many tasks, and prioritize accordingly.
Apply: Please submit Resume and Cover Letter with salary requirements to:
Fax: 1-212-448-1260
Mail: Gynuity Health Projects, Attn: Jobs@Gynuity, 15 East 26th Street, #801 New York, NY 10010
Association of Schools of Public Health
Organization: ASPH is currently accepting applications for a variety of fellowship positions available for recent and soon-to-be-graduates of our member schools.

1) The ASPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship (Deadline: March 7)

Apply: <>

2) The ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship (Deadline: March 18)

Apply: <>

3) The ASPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship (Deadline: April 17)

Apply: <>

Webinar: ASPH Fellowship Opportunities for Early Career Public Health Professionals
Tuesday, February 26
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

This webinar will provide detailed information about current ASPH fellowship opportunities at federal agencies, including CDC, EPA, and NHTSA.  We will discuss eligibility requirements, how to apply to programs, and offer insight on what the programs have to offer early career public health professionals.
Reserve: Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Member Support Program Associate for The National Network of Abortion Funds
Organization: The Network is a national social justice organization committed to diversity in both its programmatic work and staffing with regard to race, culture, ethnicity, class, religion, physical ability, age, gender, and sexual orientation.
Description: Work with the Member Support Manager to provide support to our member abortion funds, including coordinating the annual member profile survey and directory, managing training and fund use of client-tracking database, and maintaining internal databases and members-only web site. Help to coordinate annual Organizing Summit for member funds and allies on abortion access and reproductive justice and annual Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser for the Network and member funds. Salary depends on experience. Excellent benefits and vacation package. Position starting date: March 1.
-Preference for applicants able to give a minimum of two-year commitment.
-Availability to travel more than twice a year, as needed.
-Commitment to abortion access and full reproductive health care for all women; commitment to women's rights, social, economic, and racial justice.
-Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
-Comfortable working in a nimble, dynamic work environment.
-Interest in working with small, low-infrastructure organizations and volunteers. Affinity and appreciation for grassroots organizations.
-Excellent computer skills; familiarity with database and spreadsheet programs, social networking sites, internet savvy.
-Highly organized and detail oriented. Interested and experienced in creating systems.
Apply: E-mail resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample (no more than 3 pages) to Lindsey O-Pries at, please use this subject line: “Member Support Program Associate Search
More information:

Campus Announcements and Activities

Kick it with Sisters: Round 2
Sunday, February 24: 2-4 PM
Student Union Ballroom
Tickets: $10 at the door
Description: Sisters on the Runway and Kick it with Eliza is collaborating for an empowering kickboxing fundraiser to help raise money and awareness for domestic violence prevention. Giveaways and prizes will be distributed throughout the event!

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, 1:15 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.

Lecture: Reducing Health Disparities: Changing the Public Health Paradigm
Lecturer: Dr. Joia Mukherjee, Chief Medical Officer at Partners in Health
Friday, March 8, 7:30 PM
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke

PERRC Session: The Role of Social Media in a Disaster Setting
Presenter: James Garrow, MPH
Consortium: May 8-10; Exposition: May 7-9
Orlando, Florida
Social Media has changed disaster response, no longer are first responders the first on a scene but rather community members are, armed with camera-phones and twitter accounts. This Session explores the ever expanding and evolving role that Social Media plays within a disaster response.  Drawing upon events from 2012 including the Newtown, CT school shooting, Hurricane Sandy, western US wildfires, the Aurora shootings, and the derecho, this session will identify lessons learned and make recommendations about how emergency responders can both prepare for the inevitable use of social media in their next disaster and learn how to integrate it into response.
The course will prepare you to: identify how social media has affected the emergency and disaster response in 2012, formulate best practices for using social media during emergency and disaster response, and identify ways in which Social Media may affect emergency and disaster response in 2013.
Register: Take Advantage of the Discounted Rate at $450 if you register before March 2!

Peer Advising Hours

Drop in hours for one-on-one sessions with a Peer Advisor:

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-11:00am & 11:15-1:45pm

**Please remember to bring a completed copy of the tracking form.

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