PHS Newsletter Issue # 32

Issue Number 32 Date 10/10/13


UMass Revolution Run Homecoming 5K

Saturday, October 19. 8:30am - 11:30am

Return to campus for the UMass Amherst homecoming and join Team SPHHS for the Homecoming Revolution Run 5K. Meet your fellow alums and current faculty, staff, and students at the SPHHS tent before and after the race.

Register now! Register by October 10th and get a free tee-shirt!

Academic Opportunities

Your invited to the Climate Science Convocation!

Friday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall

Honorary Doctorate of Science degrees will be awarded to three of the world’s leading climate scientists. The ceremony will include brief presentations by the honorees. RSVP by e-mail. Topics include climate models and human effects on the atmosphere. Stop in for some inspiring ideas and eye opening information!

Community Development in Cameroon: Spring study abroad!

Application deadline: October 30

Students explore the successes and challenges of community development while living and studying in an English-speaking region of Cameroon. You will have the support of a lead faculty who teaches a required Community Development Seminar, engage with local communities through service learning, and take courses at the University of Buea. Students select three elective courses in their areas of interest.

Visit their website for details here!

Scholarships and Support

Applying for Scholarships

Read about strategies for finding scholarships and other types of merit aid.


SPHHS Internship Resources

Be sure to always check out the SPHHS’s internships, practicum, and volunteer page for other opportunities in the area and recent postings.

All Things Local - Food Co-op

Volunteer positions available.

Academic credit available for Five College students.

Seeking a creative and passionate person interested in the development of non-profit organizations. This position would consist of grant writing, fundraising, research on development and management of cooperative stores, and designing promotional materials. Follow the link above for more information.

Bridging the Gap

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 3:00 – 6:00pm

Seeking volunteers passionate about helping youths, communities, and making a difference through education. BTG aspires to improve youth self-esteem and reduce confrontation with peers. They work to strengthen communication, trust, and understanding in relationships. End goals are to improve attendance and performance of youth in schools by providing appropriate resources, recognizing and encouraging development of natural talent and abilities.

Contact for further details and opportunities.

Call for Health Writers!

The next deadline is October 13th

Amherst Wire, a culture and lifestyle magazine is seeking writers for the Health Column. Topics include anything pertaining to health and wellness, but some examples include:

Food, recipes, health tips, exercise classes, holistic health, local farms, a project/thesis, local health concerns and public service announcements.

Writers can submit a single article, weekly articles, or monthly articles. Submissions are welcome at any time. Please e-mail questions and submissions to Kelsey Jordan at

Public Health Club

Health Education Jeopardy & Fall Service Projects

Wednesday, October 9th. 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Campus Center 165

Come join the Public Health Club for a night of health education jeopardy! A fun way to learn basic but important health facts and tips to staying healthy that you can benefit from and share with your friends. It’ll also be a great way to meet other members of the club. Winners, runner up, and third place will all receive prizes!

We will also be having members sign up for our volunteer and service projects for this fall. If you’re interested in getting more involved and community service as a group, be sure to come!

Like the UMASS Public Health Club facebook page for our fun posts and meeting information or become a member on CampusPulse!

Contact us at if you have any questions!

Campus Announcements and Activities

Conducting Ethnographies of Meeting Settings

Wednesday, October 16, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Machmer Hall W32 FREE

Jennifer Sandler, Director of the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation will lead the lecture. From community-based organizations to large NGOs, from the school down the block to the World Bank, from corporations to religious organizations, meetings structure the time and space of contemporary institutions and the people who encounter them. What does this mean for ethnographers? How do ethnographers understand meetings, what are the concrete challenges of fieldwork in meetings, and what is the status of the knowledge produced from this fieldwork? Sandler will use anecdotes from her own and others'  to frame some of the challenges for meeting ethnography and to engage participants in a discussion of these challenges.

A light lunch will be served.

The Business of Creating Social Value

Thursday, October 17, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Integrated Sciences Building Rm. 135. FREE

Inequality, climate changes, and access to medicines are generally considered public policy issued, but at their core, they are management issues. In this talk, an acclaimed senior researcher and TedxTalk presenter shares her thoughts on how business can create value not just for shareholders, but for everyone.

Leading Toward Healthy Equality: Lessons from the Field

Wednesday, November 13. 11:30am - 2:00pm

Museum of Science, Boston.

To welcome Mildred Thompson, Director of the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place, for an engaging, thought-provoking conversation on how to create environments free of health disparities. No cost to attend. Lunch will be served.Space is limited, please RSVP by Oct.18th to

Advising Tip of the Week

Meet with the Public Health Peer Advisors!

These are the type of questions we can help answer:

Are you on track to graduate?

Do you want to do an internship, but do not know where to start?

Are you confused about major requirements?

Do you have a plan for after graduation?

Do you want to get involved around campus or in the community?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the public health peer advisors are a perfect resource for you!

The Public Health Program Advisor, Megan Griffin, trains the peer advisors in major requirements, how to find internships, ways to enhance one’s public health degree, and much more. The nine peer advisors are vastly knowledgeable and outstanding public health students who want to help you enhance your public health degree! Next time you feel you need some guidance, advising, or reassurance, stop by the public health peer advising office in 330 Arnold House. Our drop-in hours are listed below.

Peer Advising 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 Academic Requirements Report (ARR).

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