PHS Newsletter Issue # 38

Issue Number 38, 11/20/2013


Film Screening and Food Drive!

Thursday, November 21st. 7:00 - 9:00PM.

Campus Center Reading Room.

Join the undergraduate and graduate Public Health Club for a screening of the powerful documentary, “A Place at the Table” while also collecting non-perishable goods for a local food bank! Scroll down to the Public Health Club sections for more details.

Did you have a Public Health experience abroad!?

Calling all public health students who studied abroad and have photos to document their adventures! The peer advisors are looking to share pictures of your experience in our office. Preferred photos include working in the public health field or among a diverse community. We will be using the pictures to create a visual aid that promotes studying abroad by showing people where they can go, what activities to expect, and the variety of options.

Please e-mail your pictures to Mary Cole at

Collateral Field 101 Workshop

Thursday, November 21st 5:30-6:30 PM. Campus Center 905

Understand and plan your collateral field.

There will be peer advisors with exercises, resources, and examples on how to fulfill your collateral field and tailor it to your interests. Attend this workshop to get a better idea what you’re collateral field could look like.

CityYear and Public Health Graduate Panel!

TONIGHT, November 20th. Campus Center 904

City Year 6:30 - 7:00PM.

A City Year recruiter will be on campus to talk about this awesome program and the process of applying. City Year is a great post volunteer paid position. You can be placed in all major cities in the United States and commitment lasts for 11-months. City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation.

Public Health Graduate Panel 7:15 - 8:30PM.

We’ll be hosting a Public Health graduate student panel. Current students pursuing their MPH will talk about their experiences applying and transitioning into graduate school. There will also be a Q&A session for individual questions.

Public Health Study Abroad Night

Monday, November 25th.6:30 – 7:30PM. Campus Center 803.

Have you thought about studying abroad in the Summer or for the next school year but still have public health course requirements? Come to this study abroad information session tailored specifically for public health students. We will be highlighting a few programs, courses, and providing materials with the options you have to enjoy a public health experience abroad.

Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Experience in South Africa

Applications due: December 13, 2013.

Students selected for participation in this program will be called Water, Society, and Health (WaSH) Scholars. Students who participate will conduct research over an 8-week period at the University of Venda and surrounding communities in Limpopo Province, South Africa. You will work at the interface between water, society, and health through community-based research opportunities on appropriate environmental technologies and systems for water supply and treatment to improve human health. WaSH Scholars will receive a $2000 stipend plus housing and travel expenses.

Click here for more information and eligibility requirements.

Five College Interchange

Pre-Registration For Spring 2014

Pre-registration from November 12 - 22. Goodell 613.

Are you interested in taking a class at Amherst, Hampshire, Smith or Mt. Holyoke in the Spring? It's time for Five College Interchange pre-registration requests!

These dates may be different than your UMass enrollment appointment. Anyone can request to pre-register starting on November 12 even if they can't start enrolling in UMass classes until later. Click here for further details on searching for courses and pre-registering.

Healthy People 2020 Tobacco Prevention Webinar

Thursday, November 21st. 12:00 - 12:45PM. Register Here.

This webinar will discuss the California Tobacco Control Program’s efforts to improve the health of individuals by reducing illness and premature death attributable to the use of tobacco products. It will include a roundtable discussion on the importance of tobacco prevention and an overview of one of the 12 Leading Health Indicator (LHI) topics released by the US DHHS.

HONORS495K: Principles and Practices of Community Engaged Research

Faculty: Elena Carbone

This popular 1-credit hybrid online course teaches the fundamentals of engaging in research with communities. The course is open to Sophomore, Junior and Senior honors students and to non-honors students with permission from instructors.

Grassroots Community Organizing!

Meets Thursdays 4:00 - 7:00PM. Applications due: November 15th to Gordon Hall

5-credit Honors Anthropology course. (open to all majors)

GCO is a student-facilitated Spring semester class where YOU can be empowered to take action & work towards social change. It also includes an alternative spring break. This can count as part of your collateral field. To find out more about this awesome opportunity, click here!

Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health

Applications due: February 14, 2014.

Students will receive a whirlwind introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology and public health research. This program is designed to expose undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental and medical research. Participants take non-credit introductory courses in biostatistics and STATA (a statistical program), and attend a series of afternoon topical seminars. The seminars, led by Harvard School of Public Health faculty members, are designed to broaden participant's understanding of the relationship of biostatistics to human health by providing a snapshot of methods developed and applied to real research projects in different fields. Click here for more information and application details.

STPEC 491H: Global Health Inequalities Course

Wednesdays 4:40 - 7:10PM.

Faculty: Sarah Cantillon. This course takes a critical look at the study of health inequalities from a multidisciplinary perspective.  It will be primarily reading based. Topics covered include globalization, social inequality and health; the social production of class and race; the social gradient of health inequalities; sexuality and global public health; migration and public health; stigma, discrimination and the implications for global health implications. The course will use case studies in its analysis of global health inequalities.

Scholarships and Support

2013 Community-Engaged Research Program Scholarship

UMass Commonwealth Honors College

Up to six (6) sophomore and junior honors students will receive $1,500 to work with a faculty mentor on a new or ongoing community research project in the spring. This research is intended to inform their senior honors thesis. Attached, is the application.

Application deadline is: Friday, Dec 6th at 5:00 PM.

UMass Commonwealth Honors College Scholarships

Please go to the Commonwealth Honors College website for a list of UMass scholarships

Frank and Helen DiGiammarino Scholarship Fund

Application due: February 28, 2014.

Members of the DiGiammarino family, some who are UMass alums, founded this scholarship in order to honor their parents, Frank and Helen DiGiammarino, for their devotion to academic success. Eligibility includes rising seniors, who are members of the Commonwealth Honors College, and interested in community-engaged research during the summer. You must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4. Three recipients will be chosen for an award of up to $2,000.

To apply and find out more information click here.

Sara’s Wish Foundation Scholarship

Application due: March 1st.

A specialized scholarship available for UMass Students in memory of Sara Schewe and Dr. Barbara Burn. This scholarship fund was created in memory of Sara Schewe, who passed away in a fatal bus accident while studying abroad and participating in the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea Program. This scholarship is awarded to young women that have a passion for making the world a better place, as well as leadership, service, and adventure. Students must be planning to study abroad to a non-traditional country and must be an American citizen.

More information can be found here.



Public Health 324 Course Assistant

Eligibility includes being a Junior or Senior Public Health major and received an A or A- in Public Health 324. Responsibilities involve attending lectures (Tu/Thurs 9:30 - 10:45AM) and assist with classroom management. Undergraduate TAs will be expected to attend weekly meetings with Dr. Reeves and graduate TA, assisting with grading, holding weekly office hours, and writing a final term paper. Click here for the application.

Public Health 391B Undergraduate TA

Eligibility includes completion of Pubhlth391B with a final grade of A or A- and being a Junior or Senior. Responsibilities include attending lectures (MWF 9:05 - 9:55AM) and assist in classroom management. Will be expected to meet with Dr. Mattews and other TAs, hold weekly office hours, and develop two R modules for a final project.

Click here for a link with the application.

Student Bridges

Policy Advocacy Coordinator.

Student Bridges is a student-initiated outreach program that connects UMass students with local community-based organizations and schools through tutoring-mentoring partnerships, college awareness activities, and policy advocacy. The program has primarily partnered with schools and programs in the Holyoke-Springfield area.

Responsibilities may include college access, college affordability, student voice in university decision-making, and inclusive campus-community partnerships. This position provides an opportunity to refine skills in the areas of campaign development, community building and awareness, public relations; program design and development; effective cross-cultural communication and collaboration; fundraising; graphic design; and policy advocacy.

This group is seeking several passionate students to join their team in the spring!

Other available positions include Office Manager, Public Relations, and Retention Coordinator. Students who are highly motivated, dependable, and organized with a passion for social justice issues wanting to implement change are ideal for this position.

Visit our Workforce Development page for the other position descriptions!

Amherst Wire

Health Writer

Contact: Kelsey at

Amherst Wire is an online culture and lifestyle magazine run through the Journalism Department at UMass Amherst. The health and food column editor is looking for writers to submit original articles related to health and food. Suggested topics include recipes, health tips, exercise classes, holistic health, local farms, project/thesis, local health concerns, gender, race, class, sexuality, resources, LGBTQ health and PSAs. This is an opportunity to receive credit, writing experience and the chance to have your work published.

Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition (PVAC)

Asthma Self-Management Training Facilitator Internship

Contact: Sarita Hudson,

This position involves presenting Open Airways and/or Kickin Asthma to elementary or

middle school students with asthma. Both programs help children manage their asthma on a daily basis so they can avoid asthma attacks and stay out of the emergency room.

Become a Certified Asthma Educator by the American Lung Association through three training sessions to prepare to present the program. Interns work in teams of two and with the school nurse to determine school scheduling. This position will give students an opportunity to learn about asthma self-management and gain valuable training and experience in presenting evidence-based trainings.

Bridging The Gap


Contact: Christy Torres,

Bridging the Gap is a twelve-week referral based program for at-risk and high-risk youth ages 12 to 17. The youth’s attend the program two to three days a week, two to three hours per session, with creative group activities. Partnerships have been made with the district attorney’s office, the Department of Children and Families, local schools, doctor’s offices and more. Interns will also have the opportunity to bond with the participants during recreational activities.

Program Meets: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Check out their brochure for more information.

Springfield and Holyoke Center for Human Development

Wellness Program Intern

Contact: Jennifer Higgins,

Make a difference with locals today and help provide wellness programs to behavioral health clinics in Springfield and Holyoke. Students with health care or psychology interests or related major are invited to apply. The work includes customer service, health services/healthcare, psychology, and teaching/education. They are trying to combine primary care into their clinics. Training will be provided during January 2014.

Applications are being accepted all year, click here for more information.

Friends of Orphans

Campus Intern Initiative

Contact: Deadline: November 23rd, 2013

Work with staff members in an African NGO to help raise awareness, or improve the lives of people affected by the war in Uganda. You can do this with campus outreach events that inform people of the organization’s work, Northern Uganda conflicts, or through other experiences. Fundraising is also required to raise money for families in poverty. Make a change, even if it starts out small!

More information can be found here.

Job Opportunities

School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Computer Support Specialist

Contact: Eva Goldwater

Duties include inventory computing equipment, recording technical information such as Make, model, Operating System, RAM, installed software, etc. Interview users regarding data to be moved to new computers. Replace hard drives and set up new computers. Find and install drivers, install software on Windows PCs.

Temporary, intermittent position, 10 hours/week for approximately 3 months, with possible gaps waiting for equipment to arrive. Availability during January break a plus. $11-12/hour.

Qualifications include technical knowledge of hardware/software and attention to detail. Initial computer inventory must be complete, accurate, and legible.

Undergraduate Research Conference

Project Assistant

Applications due Friday, November 15th

This job will be to assist the conference coordinator in planning and implementing all aspects of the 20th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference in April. Candidates must have exceptional organizational, writing, and computer skills. A student in their junior or senior year is preferred. Seeking an individual who enjoys working on a wide variety of projects. This position has a time commitment of 10-15 hours per week and pays $9.00 per hour. Find the application here.

Public Health Club

Film Screening/Food Drive

November 21st. 7:00 - 9:00PM. Campus Center Reading Room

ADMISSION: 1 non-perishable good


The Undergraduate and Graduate Public Health Club are excited to announce the upcoming screening of the film "A Place at the Table". This powerful documentary investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem from the voices of hunger and nutrition experts. Following the screening, there will be a brief discussion on the information just presented. This is sure to be a compelling and powerful event for a great cause. Don't miss out!

Like the UMASS Public Health Club facebook page for fun posts and meeting information! Become a member on CampusPulse to learn about our November events.

Contact us at if you have any questions!

Campus Announcements and Activities

8th Annual UDANCE: Dance Marathon to Benefit Baystate Children’s Hospital

Saturday, November 16th. 12:00PM - 12:00AM. Student Union Ballroom.

Dance the night away at the 8th annual UDance! This will be a 12-hour dance and entertainment marathon to benefit the Baystate Children’s Hospital of Springfield, MA. There will be student performance groups along with other activities. Spend your Saturday night on a good cause. There is a suggested donation of $15.

Stand Against Racism Exhibit

November 12 - 22. Student Union Art Gallery.

This exhibit features statements about why students stand against racism, collected at the UMass Stand Against Racism campaign, which began in spring 2013. The statements represent courageous voices of those who seek to end racism and challenge others to be more aware. Visitors have the opportunity to participate in the campaign and share their thoughts.


Wednesday, December 4th. Student Union Ballroom.

SAVE THE DATE: Feeling stressed and overwhelmed by finals and the end of the semester? Come to U-Day, brought to you by the Peer Health Educators! There will be crafts, giveaways, trivia, games, food, beverages, meditation, and music. Find time in your busy schedule to relax and have some fun!

Be sure to "Like" UMass Peer Health Education on Facebook for the event schedule!

Climb America!

A Climb Corps kick-off event.

December 4 - 6th. Boston, MA.

Last year, more than 1,700 climbers and volunteers came together to climb Boston’s tallest buildings and raise significant funds to support programming, education, and research for heart disease prevention. At the event, tou can meet the team, learn more about ClimbAmerica! and hear inspiring stories. Before you leave, you will have everything you’ll need to recruit a team from your workplace and help make a difference in the fight against heart disease. Follow the link for details and registration.

Advising Tip

How to Finish Your Semester Off Strong

  1. Make a list of all important assignments and exams that are due before the semester ends, and cross off assignments upon completion. Use this as a tool to track important dates and busy days. This will help you keep track of when to begin working on assignments. Time management is imperative for success. Try not to cram and procrastinate!
  2. Get at least seven hours of sleep every night. When your body is not well rested, it cannot properly perform vital functions. Sleep is essential for long-lasting energy, ability to focus, and clear thinking. Time management will help ensure you are able to complete work AND sleep.
  3. Stay well fueled. Do not skip meals and always have a snack on hand. Proper nourishment is an important component for thinking clearly and focusing. Try to eat healthy, wholesome food. Take a short break to have a balanced and healthy meal for optimal energy. Stock up on healthy food a few days before crunch time and prepare meals ahead of time.

Although the last few weeks of the semester are usually stressful, prioritizing your health and using time management skills can help to keep stress at bay. Take breaks, stay hydrated, get rest, plan ahead and you will be successful. Only a few more weeks-- you can do it!

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 Tracking Form.

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