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Student service opportunities and research information for the week of April 8, 2013

| Monday Letter, Student Service Opportunities

National Public Health Week Wrap Up

On Friday, April 5th, we wrapped up the week with an informative, fit, delicious and creative NPHW Student Day!  Students were able to visit:  information stations pertaining to the topic of HIV-AIDS as well as advocacy initiatives led by public health, pharmacy and medical students; a nutrition station with healthy frozen yogurt sundaes; an exercise station whereby students could hula hoop to earn a free pedometer; and a creativity station with a t-shirt making contest!  See picture below and additional photos at NPHW student day.

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And here are the student winners of the t-shirt contest (pick up your t-shirts from Ellen Kent in room 2150-H):  1st prize:  design of a hand holding an apple with caption of ‘An apple a day is just the start’  (Sara VanWyk); 2nd prize: design of a tree with caption of ‘grow healthy’ (Yomarie Narvaez); 3rd prize: design of a globe with stick figures around it and caption of ‘public health’ (Laury Leiva); Artistic design: design of a globe with caption of ‘public health makes the world go round’ (Shivani Gogna); Creative theme: superman logo on front of t-shirt with letters PH and caption on back of t-shirt of ‘public health professionals (n): super heroes of the 21st century’ (Olivia MacDonald).

STUDENT SERVICE

The USF Health Service Corpsoffers interdisciplinary, community-based service projects for undergraduate and graduate students in USF Health. Students can click on Spring 2013 Service Corps Opportunitiesfor the most up to date, comprehensive listing of events and projects, which are arranged by categories. In addition, students can also click on the Service Corps Calendar to view upcoming events in chronological order. Students are welcome to contact the Service Corps Coordinator, Ellen Kent, for individualized assistance.

Photos from service events during NPHW

Thursday, April 4th, Give Life Day at the COPH.  Over 100 students faculty and staff registered for  the  National Marrow Donor Program, visited the Donate Life Florida info table, and also donated blood with Florida Blood Services

See picture below and photo album at:  Give Life Day NPHW 2013

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Thursday, April 4th, Hope Lodge Spring Fling Picnic.  USF Health students brought cheer to the residents at the American Cancer Society’s Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge who are being treated for cancer at Moffitt and other area hospitals.

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Saturday, April 6th,   We wrapped up NPHW with our community health fair for the Tampa Bay Burmese Council.  Our COPH students contributed to the non-clinical health and safety education activities for kids.  See picture below and photo album at:  Burmese Health FairThis was a truly interdisciplinary event, with volunteers from the Colleges of Nursing, Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Arts and Sciences.

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Upcoming Service Opportunities:

Wednesday, April 10th.  Pottery Painting Fundraiser for the March of Dimes.  Students can paint pottery to raise funds for our  USF Health Service Corps March of Dimes team.  The money that we raise will fund research and education programs to help babies begin healthy lives.  See details at:  pottery flyer

Thursday, April 11th.  Special health screening event sponsored by Florida Hospital Tampa and USF Health Service Corps, in conjunction with ABC News Channel 28 ‘Taking Action for your Health’ series.  Please click on flyer for important details.  Non-clinical activities: COPH and other USF Health students can assist with meet and greet, and other important activities.  Benefits of participation include the opportunity to:  contribute to a free community health screening; enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch; learn about community health issues; and truly make a positive difference while having fun!

Saturday, April 13th.  REACHUP – It’s a Family Affair Health and Resource Fair.  USF Health students can assist with fun fitness activities, health education for children, and health fair logistics.  In addition, bilingual translators are needed to assist with registration. Please sign up with Ericka Oliver, REACHUP Intern and specify during which 2 hour time shift you can volunteer.  (Note – Health screenings for this event will be managed by Tampa Family Health Center.  We are looking for volunteers to assist with non-clinical activities for this particular event).

Research Information

Photos of our students who received awards during the NPHW awards ceremony are located at: NPHW 2013 Awards Ceremony.  Students are encouraged to visit the main COPH student funding opportunities website by clicking here.  Guidelines and associated application forms for the monthly Student Honorary Awards for Research and Practice (SHARP) are posted hereand the next deadline is May 6th, 2013.

For individualized assistance, feel free to contact Ellen Kent, MPH, CPH, Coordinator, COPH Student Research Grants.