Maternal and Child Health Student Organization celebrates Labor Day the Public Health way
Public health graduate students gathered at the home of Russell Kirby, PhD, MS for the annual Maternal and Child Health Student Organization Labor Day party. The potluck featured home baked entrees, salads, and deserts.
The group welcomed new students from all over the United States, as well as from India, Mongolia, and Venezuela. Many of them are beginning graduate training in the USF College of Public Health and all enjoyed becoming acquainted with peers while sampling delicious fare.
The MCHSO is open to all USF students interested in the well-being of mothers, children, and families. Their mission is multi-faceted and includes: increasing awareness of MCH issues; connecting students with MCH service and learning opportunities; fostering mentorship between students and alumni; and, providing a forum for students, faculty, and staff to discuss MCH topics. The organization hosts a monthly lecture series, coordinates social events throughout the year, participates in service learning activities, and convenes an annual symposium on MCH related topics.
Dr. Kirby is a professor and the Marrell Endowed Chair in the USF College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health. He directs the USF Birth Defects Surveillance Program and advises the Maternal and Child Health Student Organization. In April, graduate students in public health presented him with the 2013 Outstanding Professor Award.