PHS Newsletter Issue # 26

Issue Number 26 Date 4/25/13


Public Health Club

Elect 2013-2014 Public Health Club Officers

Please submit your vote here. Voting will end Friday, April 26 at 5pm.

Email questions to

The Peer Advising Center will close next Friday, May 3rd at 1:45pm for the summer.

Commencement Information:

Caps and Gowns- Caps, gowns, and tassels may be picked up the week before commencement. Garment pickup will be located in the Campus Center, Room 165-69, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting Monday, May 6th until Thursday, May 9th.  Pickup on Friday, May 10th will be in the same location, with limited hours of operation from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..   On Commencement Day, May 10, caps and gowns may be obtained after 3:00 p.m. at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Students who are not on campus may request to have their cap and gown shipped by visiting

$1,250.00 Cash Scholarship

NOTICE: NO APPLICATION FEE REQUIRED. Submission dates have changed and an important change has been made to this scholarship in order to make it simpler and easier to apply for. You no longer have to answer a question so just read and follow instructions to be considered.

Contact your school’s scholarship office and request an application or apply online at – you may download the scholarship application there as well.

POSTMARKED DEADLINES: May 27th 2013, June 27th 2013, July 27th, 2013. 

Academic Opportunities

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

Lecture: The Impact of Airborne Particulate Matter on Human Health: Current Scientific Evidence and Remaining Challenges by Dr. Michelle Bell of Yale University

Friday, April 26, 10:00am

Auditorium 119, Engineering Lab II

Interested in taking Sex, Gender and Health: Understanding the Social Body (WOMENSST 395SB) over the summer?

Continuing and Professional Education is offering this new course this summer in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. WOMENSST395SB explores a variety of theoretical and critical traditions from the social sciences in health contexts. This class is designed for students interested social science approaches to biomedical and allied health topics. Through readings, lectures, discussions, films and writing we will broaden our understandings of the body (the material body) and the social life of that body (identity and subjectivity).  We will discuss potential answers to questions about the relationship between health and medicine and the construction of health, wellness, illness and disease. Please email Josefa Scherer ( for a provisional syllabus or with any questions.

Interested in taking PUBHLTH 397C Health Careers this summer?
This course encourages students in the SPHHS to explore their personal health career development and discuss the role that their self-concept plays in career decision making. Self-assessment inventories will be utilized to examine how one’s major relates to finding career satisfaction. Contemporary internship/job search skills and strategies will be identified and implemented. Knowledge will be gained in designing a professional resume, gaining interviewing techniques, process of obtaining references and negotiating salary. A discussion of professionalism, navigating a multi-generational workforce, the role of social media and networking will be covered. Alternative options will be reviewed such as graduate school, Peace Corps, gap year, professional schools etc.
Contact: Mary Ellen Liseno <>

National Service Agency Announces AmeriCorps Funding Opportunities for Indian Tribes (Deadline: May 30)

The Corporation for National and Community Service  (CNCS) today announced that Indian Tribes now have the opportunity to  apply for funding that would position them to identify ways that  AmeriCorps members could help them tackle the unique challenges facing  Native American communities.

The AmeriCorps planning grants provide up to $75,000 for a one-year  period to provide support to an Indian Tribe for the development of an  AmeriCorps program that will engage AmeriCorps members in order to  address pressing community problems. Planning grant recipients are  expected to be better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps program  grant in the following grant cycle.

More information:


Paid Summer Internship in Public Health

Organization: The Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center in the Berkshires (North Adams)

Description: Students will work with a local nonprofit accessing and designing a health food program with local convenience stores. Paid work for 20 hours a week.

Apply: Send resume to Dr. Dan Gerber (

Exhibit Intern at the Public Health Museum
Internship Application Deadline: 5/9/13
Description of intern duties:
The Public Health Museum in Massachusetts is a non-profit educational and cultural museum dedicated to preserving records and artifacts of our nation's history in public health. Our mission is to offer an educational center where exhibits and collections portray history and historical documents provide resources for education, and support programs that address public health issues, past and present.

The museum is seeking three summer 2013 interns to support a grant-funded project to update and reinterpret our current Tuberculosis exhibit area. Interest and experience in museum work and/or public health is helpful, however those from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Interns at the Public Health Museum are expected to be self-driven and able to take initiative and work independently, as well as with their team. Working for a small institution means that the internship project will have immediate benefits to the institution and the intern will gain a variety of experiences and training. All training, oversight, and complete support will be provided by museum staff and board of directors.

This is a partial paid, partial volunteer internship.  Interns will be awarded a $360 stipend and expected to complete 200 to 250 hours over the course of the summer.

Send a cover letter, resume, and an example of your research and writing work to Sara Lundberg at

Healthy & Active Design Program Intern

Organization: SPIFFY (Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth) Health Design is one of several strategies being implemented as part of a multi-town collaboration known as Healthy Hampshire. The mission of Healthy Hampshire is to improve the health of all residents of Hampshire County by working with municipal and community leaders to effect changes to community policies and systems that will promote access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.

Internship: The intern will work with town leaders in Belchertown to assess how many residents use the public parks and natural areas, what barriers exist to utilization, and what strategies might be put in place to encourage increased usage. The intern will design surveys, administer them to residents, analyze the data and work with SPIFFY and Belchertown officials to make an action plan on how to improve access to recreational areas, all with mentorship from SPIFFY staff and the Belchertown Conservation Commission. The unpaid internship time-line and number of hours is flexible; however, we would need a commitment of at least 12 hours per week for 10 weeks. Having a car would be helpful but not absolutely necessary.  

Apply: If interested, please contact Sarah Bankert ,, 413-586-4998, ex. 120

Pediatric Physical Activity Lab Internship

Internship: Seeking 3 motivated and responsible students, who are seeking to gain more research experience in a community-based research lab. Students must be comfortable working on a team and interacting with community members. Students with a car are preferred due to the fact that our research is based out of Springfield, MA. The majority of data collection will take place on the weekend; however, the student will only be expected to partake in data collection every other weekend (depending on scheduling conflicts). Students must also be available for two weekdays to go to Springfield for recruitment and study implementation. Student must commit to working in the lab of the entire 2013 – 2014 academic school year.


  1. Participate in an orientation and training for all PPAL members;
  2. Complete on-line CITI Training;
  3. Attend PPAL weekly lab meetings;
  4. Assist in research participant recruitment, data collection, and data entry
  5. Complete a PowerPoint Presentation on an article
  6. Complete a Literature Review paper (either one per semester or one year-long research paper)
  7. Complete an end of semester evaluation


A student MUST have at least 3.2 GPA (student must submit a transcript, unofficial copy is acceptable)

Two references related to any work experiences.

Available from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm on at least 1 weekday per week for BOTH Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semester.        

Must also be available on alternating Saturday and/or Sunday.        

Excellent organizational, verbal, and interpersonal skills

Able to work independently

All qualified students MUST undergo an interview process

Apply: Email your resume and information about your qualifications and any previous experience to Pediatric Physical Activity Lab at or call 545-3475. 

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

SPHHS is looking for a summer student worker (with the possibility of continuing to work in the Fall)

We’re interesting in someone to help with general office work: filing, sorting, some data entry.  The pay-rate is $8.75/hr.  Over the summer we’re looking for anywhere between 10-20 hr/wk.  In the Fall, we’d need 10hr/wk.  We can hire for the summer even if the student is unavailable in the Fall. Please contact Adrian Grace at 545-6883 if interested.

Interested in teaching an Infectious Disease course in Dubai between May 22-26?

Course outline will be provided. Compensation is superb at $900/day with transportation, lodging, and meals included.

Requirements: Microbiology, infectious disease, and some teaching experience/knowledge necessary. Must have clean passport. Candidates should be reliable and serious.

Apply: Send resume to Travis Roberts

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

Join us for the Indian Health Career Fair! Meet with our recruiters to learn more about IHS recruitment, scholarship and loan repayment opportunities!

Our 3-hour live chats will be held on:

Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm EST (4:00 pm PT) Thurs, June 6 at 7:00 pm EST
Albuquerque and Navajo Area health care professionals Thurs, May 2 at 6:00 pm EST
Aberdeen and Oklahoma Area health care professionals Thurs, May 9 at 4:00 pm EST
Nashville and Bemidji Area health care professionals Thurs, May 23 at 4:00pm EST

Portland and Billings Area health care professionals Thurs, May 30 at 6:00 pm EST
Phoenix and Tucson Area health care professionals Thurs, June 13 at 6:00 pm EST
California and Alaska Area health care professionals Thurs, June 20 at 7:00pm EST
Register now!<>

Campus Announcements and Activities

Promising JUNIORS with outstanding academic performance and an interest in public policy should apply for the UMass Center for Public Policy's accelerated Master's in Public Policy Program. The program is appropriate for ambitious, thoughtful students who wish to acquire interdisciplinary policy analysis skills and a proven marketable degree quickly and at highly-reduced cost from most programs. We are the only such program in our region, and will be admitting our third class of students next month.

The application deadline is April 30. Our application requires only a transcript, essay and two recommendation letters. More information can be found at:

Stand Against Racism Campaign/Walk

Walk: Friday, April 26, 12:00-1:00 PM at Haigis Mall

Event: Friday April 26, 1:00-6:00 PM in Wilder Hall

The event will include film screening, panel discussions, media gallery and entertainment to educate on the ramifications of racism in health and the integration of society.
Campaign: April 16-25th from 9:00-2:00 PM in the Campus Center Concourse

View the collection at:

Pedal for Push- 36 Hour Bike-a-Thon

Thursday, April 25th to Friday, April 26th

Meet on the Minute Mas Lawn

All proceeds to benefit people with disabilities. There will be Live music, raffles, and SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS by Will Middlebrooks and Zoltan Mesko!

The Joint BIO/EPI Seminar Series 2013

Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology Proudly presents

Liz Poole, Ph.D. Instructor in Medicine, Channing Division of Network Medicine

Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital

  Talk Title: 'Hormonal and reproductive risk factors for aggressive breast and ovarian cancers.'

Friday, April 26 1 – 2 PM, Arnold 321

*Refreshments will be provided*

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 23: Dining to Donate at Applebee’s

More information:

Contact: E-mail Rachel Levine at

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).

2013 National Transgender Health Summit

The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health invite health care providers, health and human service professionals, mental health professionals, health administrators, researchers, students and advocates to attend the 2013 National Transgender Health Summit. Programming includes plenary sessions by world-renowned experts in the field of transgender health care, training tracks for medical and mental health care providers interested in building their skills for working with transgender patients and clients, a research track for the dissemination of cutting edge developments in the field of transgender health, and a transgender health policy institute.

Full program information is available online at

Early bird registration ends April 25, 2013. Register today! CME and CEU course credit available.

Have a say in awarding a grant to a local organization. One of our students works for Fitspiration (the third one) and is asking for our support! It's a program that brings youth fitness and nutrition to underserved communities.

An example of a true public health intervention, the Fitspiration program has demonstrated improving the physical and mental health of children. Participants reported improved physical outcomes, such as increased ability to do jumping jacks, pushups and running laps; and mental health outcomes, including feeling more confident and knowledgeable about health. These outcomes impact children often not able to play outside due to safety concerns and no longer have recess at school. HCF’s premier youth wellness program is called Fitspiration (Healthy Inspiration meets Perspiration!), a fitness and health education program for boys and girls ages 5-12. To learn more about the organization, go here:

MPH Presentation: Examination of Autism as a Risk Factor for Asthma in Children in the US by Stanley Kotey

Friday, April 26th at 11:00am Arnold Room 321

Increasing Physical Activity Amongst Preschoolers in Child Care Centers- MPH Project Presented By Najla Waleed.

May 1, 2013, 3:00pm, Room 321

Currently, many preschool children attending childcare centers are not getting enough daily physical activity. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health states that preschool children need at least 60 minutes of structured physical activity a day (Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2013).  Thus, this project focuses on a structured 60-minute physical activity lesson plan created for the preschool children attending the Square One Children’s Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts. To create this lesson, input from community members, such as the preschool teachers, had to be incorporated with the literature regarding the most appropriate theories and exercises to use when designing the lesson. The overall aim of the project was to provide the preschool children with a daily, fun, and structured 60-minute physical activity workout.

An Analysis of Facility and Resident Characteristics Associated with the Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Nursing Homes- MPH Project Presented By Vincent Rome. Thursday, May 2nd at 1:00pm, Room 321 Arnold House

Developing a Head TA Handbook for PUB HLTH 160- MPH Project Presented By Heather E. Lively

May 2, 2013, 2:00pm & Arnold House 321

Examination of Autism as a Risk Factor for Asthma in Children in the US- MPH Project Presented By Stanley Kotey

Friday, April 26th at 11:00am, Room 321

Asthma prevalence in children younger than 18 years is 9.4% and admissions to emergency rooms nationwide have been increasing over the past 30 yrs. A theoretical association between autism and asthma has been discussed in literature. However, no large population–based epidemiological study has examined the association. We therefore used the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH 2007) to study the association with a cross-sectional study methodology and presented our results. We believe our findings could inform preventive screening measures in this sub-population.

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley

Spring break splurging got the best of you? Here’s the inside scoop on a healthy yet delicious power packed smoothie on the go! Get a sip of summer early with:

¾ cups of vanilla almond milk

1/3 cup of frozen chopped kale or spinach

3 tsp. chocolate whey protein powder

½ tsp. vanilla extract

¼ tsp. cinnamon

6 frozen pitted cherries (and/or strawberries and/or raspberries)

6-10 ice cubes

Written by Dominique S.

Edited by Jess H.

Peer Advising Hours

Monday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am-3:45pm & 4:00pm-5:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Thursday: 8:25am-9:25am & 9:30am-12:00pm & 12:45pm-5:45pm
Friday: 9:20am-12:50pm

Please bring a copy of your Academic Requirements Report (ARR).

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