The SPHHS Insider - March 2016

SPHHS to host Research Day, National Public Health Week events

The SPHHS will hold its 19th Annual Research Day on Tuesday, April 5 beginning at 2:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. The School holds this event, celebrated annually during National Public Health Week, as an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the research, instruction and outreach conducted by its students. In addition to its annual Research Day, the School and its partners in the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network will host a Spring Forum on building a culture of health equity (see Announcements & Events). The undergraduate Public Health Club will also sponsor a full week of events, including a panel discussion on student-faculty research collaboration (see Paula Stamps story below), fundraisers devoted to suicide prevention and cancer research, as well as sessions devoted to stress reduction, sexual health, and reproductive freedom.

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Communication Disorders teams raising funds, awareness for Parkinson's disease and aphasia

Students and faculty from the Department of Communication Disorders will represent UMass Amherst at the Parkinson's Unity Walk taking place April 23rd in New York City’s Central Park. Members of the Amherst/Hadley/Pioneer Valley Parkinson’s Support Group (APDA) are supporting their efforts by donating items for a series of drawings, including a quilt made by Lillian Olsen of Belchertown, and photos by photographer Jonathan Sherrill, of Leverett. Another group from the department will hold its 5th Walk and Roll for Stroke and Aphasia on Saturday, April 2nd, beginning at 11:00 am in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union building on the UMass Amherst campus. This event serves as both a fundraiser for the department’s aphasia research, outreach, and support services as well as a means to increase community awareness of stroke and aphasia.

Read more about the Unity Walk here and the Walk and Roll for Stroke and Aphasia here


Stamps publishes book on U.S. health care system

Paula Stamps, professor emeritus of Health Policy and Management, has published a new textbook titled Analyzing Form, Function and Financing of the U.S. Health Care System. Stamps used a student-centered model of writing involving significant contributions from students enrolled in her courses. A long-time advocate of student-faculty collaboration, Stamps has organized a panel discussion on ways to increase faculty-student research collaborations. Several of the students who worked on the textbook will be returning to campus to talk to current students about what they valued about this experience. The event will be held on April 6 during National Public Health Week.

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Public Health Sciences major Samantha Giffen featured in UMass system video

Samantha Giffen, a Public Health Sciences and Microbiology double major, was recently featured in a video by the UMass system. In the video, she talks about her love for research, her commitment to world health and the joy that she felt in being named a Goldwater Scholar, a top national award emblematic of excellence in mathematics, science or engineering.

"What I'm really interested in is finding better ways to monitor and keep track of global disease," says Giffen, a senior.

Watch the video here!


Student Profiles: Lauren da Fonte '16 and Rob Dunn '16

Lauren da Fonte ’16, a senior majoring in Public Health Sciences, has held a variety of volunteer, internship, and work positions, including being a Peer Health Educator for the Center for Health Promotion, Coordinator of UMass Medical Reserve Corps, Campus Ambassador for the Peace Corps, and summer internships with the Putnam County Department of Health and Global Health Corps in New York City. Rob Dunn ‘16, a senior in the Department of Nutrition, has excelled academically while participating in an impressive array of volunteer, work, and research experiences. We caught up with them before they graduate this May to learn about their experiences.

Read more about Lauren da Fonte here and Rob Dunn here

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April 6, 2016: WMHEN Spring Forum: Building a Culture of Health Equity in Western Massachusetts

On April 6th, the SPHHS and its partners in the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network (WMHEN) will host a Spring Forum titled “We’re in This Together: Building a Culture of Health Equity in Western Massachusetts.” This cross-sector event will bring together professionals from the four western Massachusetts counties to brainstorm and create bridges for collaboration and to establish a culture of health equity in the region. Individuals and teams from organizations as diverse as local public health departments to hospitals to community health centers and agencies on aging will present ideas on improving the health of communities in the region. The event will feature speakers Attica Scott from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps on “Building a Culture of Health” and Steve Ridini of Health Resources in Action, who will be presenting on “What is a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).”

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