PHS Newsletter Issue # 24

Issue Number 24 Date 4/11/13


Update on Public Health Courses

SENIORS- LAST CALL for PUBHLTH 324 and 391b.

PUBHLTH 324 added another section on TuTh at 11:15. Right now the course is only open to seniors. The course will open to Juniors toward the end of next week if it does not get filled.

PUBHLTH 391B has about 70 seats left. As of now, the course is open to seniors only. The course will open to Juniors toward the end of next week if it does not get filled.

PUBHLTH 565 does NOT have any more undergraduate seats available. Thus, please do not send any more emails about this course to the professor/Advisor.

PUBHLTH 303 will be offered in the Spring. If you are a senior and still need this course, you will be allowed to take it concurrently with PUBHLTH 494CI Capstone.

PUBHLTH 320 will have four courses available in the Spring. It is okay if you are a Junior and did not get into the course in the Fall. Please focus on your foundation, collateral field, and general education requirements.  

Program Advisor- The Program Advisor was out last week due to unforeseen circumstances. She will reply to your emails as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience. If you need to make an appointment with the Program Advisor, please go to the Public Health Website.

Nominating Public Health Club Officers

1) We are taking nominations for next year’s Public Health Club Executive Board! Everyone is eligible to self-nominate or nominate a fellow club member who would make a spectacular candidate. The positions available are:

            President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary

Nominations along with a brief description (~2 paragraphs) of your qualifications for the role can be sent to between April 8th-April 16th. Short speeches will be held during the LAST Public Health Club meeting on Monday April 22nd, location TBD!

2) Applications for Public Health Peer Advising can be picked up in Arnold House 330 or at! Please look into this 3-credit internship option on campus for the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 semester! Applications are due Tuesday, April 16 at 5 PM in Arnold House 330.

SENIORS: New policy about Senior Recognition Ceremony

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to limited seating capacity and accompanying safety concerns, GUEST TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED to attend this event. Seating will be on a general admission basis. Doors will open at approximately 8:15 AM on Saturday, May 11th.

DEADLINE: Graduating students must pick up their 3 guest tickets in the Academic Dean’s Office  by Friday, April 12th in the Academic Dean’s Office located in 125 Arnold House, or to Adrian Grace.

Additionally, all wait list requests for additional tickets and all requests to reserve disability access seating must also be placed by FRIDAY, April 12th in person or via email to Adrian Grace at  

All unclaimed tickets will be redistributed to students who put their names on the waitlist for additional tickets.

TICKET LIMITS: Due to the size of our graduating class, we must unfortunately restrict requests to a three ticket maximum. Students may petition for additional tickets by placing their names on a “wait list” with the Academic Dean’s Office. Any unclaimed tickets will be redistributed after May 1st to individuals on that list.

DISABILITY ACCESS: Seating for guests requiring disability access – i.e., wheelchair seating, etc. – will be available in designated sections of the Concert Hall. Your graduating senior must reserve disability access seating (an additional companion ticket can also be provided).

Attn: First Years & Sophomores  Citizen’s Guide Is Still Accepting Applications!

This course sequence is a great way to fulfill public health requirements. Please see the courses below:

The Good Society- can be used toward the foundation or lower level collateral field

Tools For Democratic Change- can be used toward the upper level collateral field

Public Policy & Citizen Action- can be used toward 300-599 Public Health Elective

Organizing: People, Power, and Change- can be used toward 300-599 Public Health Elective

The Citizen Scholars Program is a two-year, academic service-learning program that connects real experiences in the community to coursework, bringing learning to life!

This leadership development program integrates theory and practice to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and vision they need to build community, be effective citizens, and advocate for social justice.

By joining this program, Citizen Scholars make a set of commitments:

  • To grow as citizens, building their capacity to work in collaboration with others to build a more just society.
  • To grow as scholars, unleashing their imaginations and focusing their curiosity to discover the knowledge and the skills that will enable them to work effectively for change.
  • To be co-creators of a learning community that supports its members in their growth and their action.

To Apply Visit:

Volunteers for Senior Recognition Ceremony (Deadline: April 18)

The SPHHS is looking for student volunteers to help with the Senior Recognition Ceremony on Saturday May 11th.  The ceremony will be held on at the Fine Arts Center and we would love to have some help from 7:30 am – 11 am.

There will be a 1 hour training session held sometime during the week before the event (details TBD) letting these students know how they can help that day.

Any students living in the dorms can have their housing extended if they are volunteering for this event.  Please contact Adrian Grace ( or 545-6883) or Patrick Freeman ( or 545-4340) if you are interested.

Academic Opportunities

Public Health Peer Advising Program is Accepting Applications for Fall 2013 & Spring 2014

The Peer Advising Program is designed to foster personal and professional development in public health leadership, as well as, providing guidance to students in the Public Health Sciences major. Additionally, the program is aimed to improve the Public Health Sciences Program as a whole. This will be gained through the following modalities: in ­class dialogues and learning activities, assigned readings, and working with groups and individual students in the drop-­in advising center. Through a two semester internship, you’ll be able to refine your own knowledge of public health, articulate the major and the field to others, hone leadership skills and qualities, and take advantage of countless opportunities to create community, support your peers, and be part of a dynamic and innovative advising program. Go to the Public Health website for a description of the position and application.

Seniors! Get your voice heard by taking the Integrative Experience Survey!

April 16-May 3

Now that your Capstone experience is drawing to an end, make sure to fill out this survey to help individual instructors develop the program. Results will be kept confidential and will be analyzed only after being grouped with those of other students. Once results are grouped by course, the anonymous results will be sent to IE instructors so they can use the information in their ongoing development of their IE courses.

Link to survey:

More information: Martha Stassen at

Are you adopted?  Are you interested in helping a local child who is also

adopted? Do you want to receive course credit?

If you answered yes to all three questions, please contact Jen Dolan at or 413 545-0547 to learn more about the Adoption

Mentoring Partnership. The Adoption Mentoring Partnership is co-sponsored by the UMass Rudd

Adoption Research program and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of

Hampshire County. An amazing opportunity awaits you! If you are not adopted but know someone who is, please forward this e-mail.

Interesting Summer Course to fulfill your Collateral Field requirement!

Title: LGBT Social Science and Policy Issues PUBP&ADM 397LB

Professor: Lee Badgett (

Session: May 20-June 28, 2013 (CPE Summer Session 1)

Register: here


Empirical claims about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have played a key role in many major legal and policy decisions in the U.S. and other countries.  This course will explore research from economics, psychology, political science, public health, and sociology that relates to employment discrimination against LGBT people, LGBT parenting, the legal recognition of same-sex couples, and the process of social and policy change.  We will also compare countries’ approaches to public policy and to collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity. The course is designed for those who want to learn about cutting edge research and how it’s used in the policy world, particularly for several groups:

-Public policy students who want a specialized course in LGBT policy

-Advocates and activists who want access to the latest research and knowledge about how to use it

-Social science scholars and graduate students who want to see how research can affect public policy

-Lawyers and law students who want to understand the basics of social science research in this field

-Undergraduates with interests in the social sciences, law, and public policy

Practicum Presentations

Friday, April 12, 2013

9:00-11:00 AM

Room 321, Arnold House

9:05 AM: Health Promotion in the College Setting (Katherine Ward, MPH. CHE)

9:20 AM: Can We Use CBFS Individual Data to Support Program Improvement? (Roya Dastjerdi, MPH/EPI)

9:35 AM: Wildwood Elementary Morning Walks! (Jamir Kirby, MPH/CHE)

9:55 AM: Kellogg Grant Evaluation for Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council (Sarah-Kofke-Egger, MPH/HPM)

Kinesiology Graduate Seminar: Moving Differently in Pain by Dr. Katherine Boyer

April 17, 2013

153 Totman

1:25 – 2:15 pm

Lecture: Calling All Innovators by Sandra Laney from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

April 22, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

The Smith College Conference Center on Paradise Lane

This presentation will focus on the Foundation’s Grand Challenges Exploration program, which supports innovative global health and development research.

Attendees: Please RVSP to Penney Roberts – - by April 11, 2013.


Peer Health Educator (PHE) internship with the Center for Health Promotion

Students can apply any one of three ways:

- download the application, fill it out (and save it!), then e-mail it to  Applications can be downloaded from our website:

- come into the office (Center for Health Promotion, 3rd floor of UHS) and fill out an application

- download the application, fill it out and fax it to us (413-577-5488)

- If you get accepted for the internship, please contact Dr. Gloria DiFulvio to see how it can be counted toward PH major requirements

Opportunities at Center for Women & Community (Formerly Everywoman’s Center)

Volunteer, Internship, Work-study, & More….

Make a difference in your community & receive professional training

Benefits of Getting Involved:

Graduate with more than a degree

Develop counseling skills and crisis intervention experience

Gain experience facilitating workshops, coordinating projects, and planning events

Earn class credit for  training and working at CWC

Network with professionals  in  the field, community agencies, and campus programs

Enhance your understanding of issues of oppression, social justice and peer advocacy

Join Our Team:

Information & Referral Specialists connect people to the community resources they need. They combine skillful questioning and attentive listening with support and guidance in a process that gives individuals a sense of control and empowerment over their situation. I&R Specialists also coordinate projects to further their professional development.

Educator Advocates use education as a tool for change to prevent sexual violence and relationship violence on campus and in the community.  They facilitate workshops, discussions, and events on sexual assault, consent, and bystander intervention at UMass, other local colleges, middle and high schools, community organization, and businesses throughout Hampshire County.

Counselor Advocates are a group of dedicated volunteers who support and advocate for individuals who have experienced sexual, physical and emotional abuse, or violence. Counselor Advocates are trained to provide individual peer counseling and support, 24 hour emergency crisis intervention, and medical & police advocacy.

Mandatory Training Requirements include Saturday, September 21st 9am-5pm & Sunday, September 22nd 9am-1pm in addition to weekly sessions throughout the semester.

Priority Deadline: Friday, April 5th 2013 though we accept applications throughout the summer.

Apply Online:

Intern at Men of Color Health Awareness (MOCHA)

275 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA, 01104

Fall, Spring, or Summer semester

10 hours per/week

Organization: MOCHA was developed to improve the health and wellness of Men of Color.  This collaborative effort enables men of color to engage in educational and social experience with the support and motivation necessary to make lifestyle and community changes.

Responsibilities: All duties involved with communication. The intern will be directly involved with the Mentors and communicating all information that the program offers. The person should have personal communication skills as he/she will be answering questions daily and also speaking with information seekers over the phone.  Most importantly the intern will need to be comfortable engaging with Men of Color (African American, Latino and other).

Preferred skills: Bilingual in Spanish and English, experience with event planning, and statistics.

Apply: E-mail David Smith at

Intern at MotherWoman

220 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035

Summer or Fall semester

Organization: MotherWoman serves mothers and families in all four counties of Western

Massachusetts by supporting and empowering mothers, building community safety nets, and impacting family policy.

More information:

Apply: Please send resume and cover letter specifying desired work time frames and program specifics that you are interested in to Jayke Bouche (

Summer Internship with Deerfield Health Department

Internship: The Deerfield Health Dept is looking for students interested in implementing a Lyme prevention campaign consisting of placement of a whole bunch of signs at trailheads across the Franklin County region. The  job work would be the implementation of a DPH grant we have applied for (and are sure to receive) to obtain and place trail signs. It would entail general organization of the project, contacting people to receive approval for the placement and actual placement (I think they are rigid metal signs that can be attached to existing posts or set in with posts (small but requiring some physical work to set the poles, etc.). The intern could also present to our oversight board. You would be paid mileage and would see a lot of the natural beauty of the region!

Apply: Contact Shirley Mietlicki-Floyd with resume at

For tips on how to find and sign up for an  internship or independent study, visit the Undergraduate Public Health Opportunities Beyond the Classroom.  For additional internships, please visit the Workforce Development page on the Public Health website and Career Service’s  Career Connect

Job Opportunities

Research Assistant in Pediatric Physical Activity Laboratory

Job Location: Amherst, MA & Greater Springfield, MA

Phone number: 413-545-3475


Employment Type: Full Time

Salary Range: Commensurate with skills and experience

Position Summary:  Participates in the design, execution, analysis, and evaluation of Pediatric Physical Activity Laboratory. Supports study staff with accurate data processing, timely mailings, and the creation of participant materials.  Directs a project team within specific budgets, schedules, and quality expectations. Interacts with Principal Investigators and other external contacts as well as top management for the purpose of communicating status of project throughout its life cycle. For more information on the job description, responsibilities, & qualifications, please visit the SPHHS Website.

ClimbCorps Member

Organization: ClimbCorps is the Nation’s first service corps dedicated to building awareness for heart disease prevention and revolutionizing America’s health. Our program is designed to educate the public on heart disease prevention and encourage people to incorporate more heart-healthy choices into their lives, like taking the stairs.

ClimbCorps is a 2-year pilot launched in Fall 2012 by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is expected to expand nationally in subsequent years.

Responsibilities: No day will be exactly the same. You will have the opportunity to work independently and accomplish the following throughout your year of service:

ClimbAmerica Recruitment and Fundraising: Promote and recruit participants for stair-climbing events held twice a year to raise funds and awareness for heart disease prevention

Resource Development: Interact with companies and organization contacts to promote ClimbCorps and acquire corporate sponsorships.

ClimbClub: Transform stairs into fitness venues and educate employees on health and wellness Health and Wellness Presentations: Share health and wellness information provided by Brigham and Women’s Hospital health professionals with businesses both inside and outside assigned building and community organizations in the Greater Boston area.

Qualifications: Be between the ages of 20 and 24

Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident

Have a college degree

Agree to a background or security check

Be available to begin ClimbCorps on August 12, 2013 and serve until July 2014

Have experience in marketing, health sciences, fundraising, non-profit management and/or leadership

More information: Please refer to

To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to Annette Rubin at

POSITION: Coordinator of Campus Wellness Education at Castleton State University, VT

VSC Grade 12, Full-time, 10 Month Position                                                                                                                          


Develop and implement campus-wide wellness education initiatives.  Conduct targeted training and educational programs.  Provide experiential opportunities for students in relevant academic programs.  Provide consultation and to serve as a liaison to the College community regarding health and wellness issues. For more details about the job description, responsibilities, and qualifications, please visit here.

For additional job listings, please visit the Workforce Development page on the Public Health website and Career Service’s  Career Connect

Public Health Club

Public Health Club

Thank you dearly to the students and Peer Advisors who contributed to the phenomenal success of Public Health Week! Please make sure to check out the pictures of the various events on our Facebook page at for a re-cap throughout the week!

Nominating Public Health Club Officers

1) We are taking nominations for next year’s Public Health Club Executive Board! Everyone is eligible to self-nominate or nominate a fellow club member who would make a spectacular candidate. The positions available are:

            President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary

Nominations along with a brief description (~2 paragraphs) of your qualifications for the role can be sent to between April 8th-April 16th. Short speeches will be held during the LAST Public Health Club meeting on Monday April 22nd, location TBD!

2) Applications for Public Health Peer Advising can be picked up in Arnold House 330 or at! Please look into this 3-credit internship option on campus for the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 semester! Applications are due Tuesday, April 16 at 5 PM in Arnold House 330.

Campus Announcements and Activities

Watch the Phallacies perform!

Friday April 19th at 7pm & Saturday April 20th at 7 pm.

Campus Center Auditorium

Phallacies is a men's dialogue and theater group. The group is based on the notion that individual and community health is improved by challenging acceptance of traditional masculinity and supporting expression of multiple masculinities, and that men need to be actively supporting these views in their communities and in society.

Federal Resume and Application Process Workshop

April 25, 4:00 PM
508 Goodell

Participants should bring resumes

Learn the appropriate resume guidelines for federal application processes to land you a career in public service! This workshop will highlight best practices in the application process, including identifying appropriate job matches, resume development, identifying key skills and abilities (KSAs).

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. *THIS IS AN AMAZING CONFERENCE!!!*

Lecture: Who’s Got the Knife? The Role of Surgeons in Transplant Trafficking by Nancy Scheper-Hughes

April 26, 4 PM

Amherst College

IHA Health Literacy Conference

May 8, 7:00-8:30 PM

Irvine, California

Join the discussion and add your thoughts. This discussion session is open to registered attendees of the 12th Annual IHA Health Literacy Conference, "Operational Solutions to Low Health Literacy." Click here to see the entire conference agenda.

Register: Click here to register now or update your existing registration.

More information: call 800-434-4633 ext 202, or e-mail Michael Villaire at

Students Rising: A Room to Read

Join the Communications Peer Advisors in the month of April to think globally and act locally by participating in awareness and fundraising efforts for global literacy and gender equality in education. $1 pledges will be sold throughout the month of April - look for them in the Library deck and in the Campus Center!

April 17: Chili’s Giveback night

April 23: Dining to Donate at Applebee’s

More information:

Contact: E-mail Rachel Levine at

Panel: International Roundtable: Feminism and Reproductive Rights

April 13, 1:45-2:45 PM

Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall 108

Researchers and activists from around the world will share their diverse experiences redefining feminism and promoting reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice. They will reflect on their successes in different political and cultural contexts, and discuss strategies for transnational organizing.

More information:

Panel: New Horizons in Reproductive Politics

April 13, 5:15-6:45 PM

Hampshire College, Franklin Patterson Hall 106

This panel will look at the changing terrain of reproductive politics and what it means for feminist organizing across borders. How do new reproductive technologies, sex selection and the commercialization of surrogacy, and the resurgence of population control challenge us to rethink the role of government regulation and medical ethics? How does the internationalization of the anti-abortion movement influence national struggles for reproductive rights? Panelists will discuss how we can make space in our movements to think through and take action on these critical developments.

More information:

Five College Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence. In the next two weeks, April 8 - 19, PopDev is hosting Indian reproductive health activist, N.B. Sarojini as a Five College Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence. Sarojini is the Director of Sama: Resource Group for women in health, in Mumbai. She'll speak at a number of events and classes, on and off-campus, including talks at the annual CLPP conference next weekend. A full list of events is listed here. We hope you can join us and will spread the word.

Documentary: Can we see that baby bump please? Experiences of surrogacy in Mumbai, India

April 17, 7:00-9:00 PM

Hampshire College, West Lecture Hall

This documentary film looks at commercial surrogacy in India and explores questions and concerns through the experiences of surrogate women. The film’s narrative traces the ethical challenges, medical malpractice, and potential exploitation that can occur when surrogacy is practiced in a legal vacuum, while also highlighting and understanding the interplay of surrogate women's choices, contexts and compulsions. Produced by Sama Resource Group for Women and Health.

More information:

7th Annual Transgender Lives: the intersection of health and law conference

April 27th, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Academic Building of the UConn Health Center

263 Farmington Avenue

Farmington, CT, 06030

Workshop descriptions:

Register: Register Now!

More information:

3rd Annual Daffodil Fun Run

Sunday, April 28th

The Daffodil Fun Run is a 5k Road Race (Run / Walk) through Amherst that raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, a program of the Center for Human Development. In this fun and festive community event, participants race past many of the thousands of daffodils that were planted in celebration of the Town of Amherst's 250th Anniversary. Last year the event raised over $30,000 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters - and we are hoping to top that this year!

Register: We are excited to offer FREE registration to anyone who commits to raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. Simply choose "Start Something for BBBS" when you register online (this option is only available to online registrants)! Just raise $150 by March 28th and your registration is on us! In addition, only those who register before April 1st will be guaranteed a FREE signature event t-shirt!

Fire Safety and Fire Extinguisher Training

Monday April 22nd, 5:00-7:00 PM

Skinner Hall Rm 201

Ever wanted to pull the trigger on the fire extinguisher? Join the UMass MRC as we learn about Fire Safety and participate in a hands-on Fire Extinguisher demo. Please RSVP to

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley


The spring season is here and the temperatures are gradually climbing up. For many of us, this is an exciting time of the year to engage in many festivities of the season and say goodbye to the winter coats. Spring break has come and gone for most college students and many of us especially those who traveled to exotic places, put a lot of energy into getting fit for the get-away. Spring break may be over but there's never a time limit to staying physically active and healthy. Walking is one of the basic forms of exercise, which has many beneficial health consequences and more so appealing now that the weather is a bit warmer.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases states that walking may:   

  • Give you more energy and stamina and lift your mood.
  • Tone your muscles and strengthen your bones.
  • Increase the number of calories your body uses.
  • Lower your risk of health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Give you an opportunity to actively socialize with friends and family.

Take advantage of the season to not only enjoy nature and spring but improve your overall health and well-being!


Written by Chidi O. ‘14

Edited by Glendaly P. ‘14

Peer Advising Drop-In Hours

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

Please bring a copy of your Tracking Form.

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