Events Calendar

    • SPHHS-ENVIRON Seminar and Panel Discussion: The Complexity of Alcohol Use
    • Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:00 pm
    • Integrated Learning Center, Room 240
    • The School of Public Health and Health Sciences presents the ENVIRON Seminar & Panel Discussion on "The Complexity of Alcohol Use: The Role of Science, Government, and the Community" on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in the Integrated Learning Center, Room 240.

      The Seminar features keynote speaker Ralph Hingson, Sc.D., M.P.H, Director, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), who will discuss "Preventing Alcohol-Related Injuries." Following the keynote lecture, Kenneth Mundt, Ph.D., M.S., Health Sciences Global Practice Area Leader and Director of Applied Epidemiology for ENVIRON, will deliver a short talk on "Alcohol and Chronic Disease Risk: An Epidemiological Paradox."

      Joining the speakers for a panel discussion will be representatives from the university, the community, and the student body. The panel group invites questions from the audience in this open forum Q&A panel format.

      Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

    • #HearOurStories: A Digital Story Screening with Young Parenting Women
    • Wednesday, November 05, 2014 7:00 pm
    • Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, 5 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138
    • In partnership with the Hear Our Stories project, this screening will feature moving digital stories from young parenting Latinas. This event is lead by young Latina women and a panel following the screening will feature these young women.

      Hear Our Stories is a sexual rights and justice project that is using new media to reveal how young pregnant and parenting women experience and negotiate sexual health disparities.

      The project aims to transform assumptions about young parents through the novel use of digital storytelling to shift the conversation on young parenthood, sexuality, health, and rights across generations.

      This event is free and open to the public.

    • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting 2014
    • Saturday, November 15, 2014 8:00 am
    • New Orleans, LA
    • The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition attracts more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA's meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.

      This year's theme is "Healthography: How where you live affects your health and well-being."

      Check the American Public Health Association's website for more information, and registration.

    • The Ethics and Practice of Digital Storytelling as a Community-Based Participatory Approach in Public Health
    • Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00 am
    • New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd.. New Orleans, LA
    • A short course offered by the Learning Institute of the
      142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association
      Pre-Conference LI Fee: $300

      Course overview

      Digital storytelling, as a process, is a sensitizing tool for narratively informed public health research, advocacy, and health promotion practice. The purpose of this Learning Institute is to enable participants to understand the myriad ethical issues of carrying out community-based participatory research that employs digital storytelling as a methodology; build skills for appropriately addressing the ethical concerns that may arise in the context of digital storytelling methods; and understand the process of digital storytelling. By the end of the session, participants will be able to demonstrate critically enhanced awareness of ethical issues surrounding participatory visual and digital methodologies and effective ways to address these issues. We will employ a number of teaching methods during this Learning Institute, including mini-lectures, case studies and small group work, interactive writing and narrative sharing exercises, and open discussion.


      Aline Gubrium, PhD

      Associate Professor

      School of Public Health and Health Sciences

      University of Massachusetts Amherst

      Amy Hill, MA

      Director, Silence Speaks

      Center for Digital Storytelling

      Berkeley, CA

      Louis Graham, DrPH, MPH

      Assistant Professor

      School of Public Health and Health Sciences

      University of Massachusetts Amherst

      Lisa Wexler, PhD, MSW

      Associate Professor

      School of Public Health and Health Sciences

      University of Massachusetts Amherst

      How to Register

      To view detailed Learning Institute Course descriptions and fees go to

    • Alumni & Friends Reception
    • Monday, November 17, 2014 5:30 pm
    • Cafe Adelaide, 300 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA
    • alumni and Friends Reception

      Monday, November 17, 2014
      5:30 - 7:30 PM
      Cafe Adelaide
      300 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA

      The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences will be in New Orleans for the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Come find us gathered at Cafe Adelaide (just minutes away from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center) on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

      Meet Dean Marjorie Aelion and other SPHHS faculty, and network and socialize while you reconnect with colleagues and area alumni who share your special bonds to the SPHHS and UMass Amherst.

      For more information or to RSVP (recommended but not required), contact Risa Silverman at or by phone at 413-545-2529.

      We hope to see you there!