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Public Health earns Chapter of the Year and Chapter Service awards from Delta Omega

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The Delta Omega Honorary Society at the University of South Florida is the recipient of the “Chapter of the Year” and “Chapter Service” awards for 2012. The awards are sponsored by the Association of Schools of Public Health and presented at the Annual Meeting on October 29 in San Francisco.

The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924. The group is comprised of more than 70 chapters around the world and 14,000 members.

For the third consecutive year, the College of Public Health’s Tau Chapter won Chapter of the Year. Per the Delta Omega website, the award is given “in recognition of the high caliber and occurrence of service activities, engagement with members, and overall participation.” The College also received the Chapter Service Award for “leading prominent service activities that promote the protection and advancement of the health of all people.”

Public health students participate in a wide variety of service activities through the USF Health Service Corps, a unique interdisciplinary student service program. During the 2011-12 academic year, students partnered with faculty, staff, and alumni to contribute more than 1,700 service hours on 49 different service projects.

Members of the Tau Chapter and College community are unwavering in their commitment to the Tampa Bay region.  Some of their service activities include: facilitating interactive and educational activities at health fairs; teaching and mentoring youth; coordinating fundraising events; organizing collection drives for the underserved; volunteering at camps for people with special health care needs; planning special events for senior citizens, children and patients; and, supporting the College’s annual free flu shot drive.

“To keep students coming back for more, I try to create fun and rewarding service learning opportunities, said Ellen Kent, MPH, CPH, coordinator of the USF Health Service Corps, COPH Student Research, and Sunshine ERC.  “It’s wonderful when a student comments after an event, “I didn’t expect volunteering to be so much fun … when can I do this again?”

To view a photo gallery of service projects, click here.