During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW) as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
To celebrate NPHW, the USF College of Public Health hosted an array of events throughout the week of March 31- April 8 in conjunction with this year’s theme, “Creating the healthiest nation in one generation”.
As a kick-off for the week, the college hosted their Fourth Annual COPH BBQ Potluck at the USF Riverfront Park on Saturday, April 1. COPH faculty, staff, students, alumni and their family members gathered together for an afternoon of food and fun.
On Monday, April 3, the Undergraduate Public Health Student Association hosted an ice cream party in the COPH lobby. Between classes students were able to pick up a bowl of ice cream or frozen yogurt and also participate in a t-shirt making contest.
Give Life Day took place in the COPH lobby on April 4. COPHers were able to make a difference in someone’s life by donating blood with OneBlood, learning how to perform hands-only CPR, and registering with the National Marrow Donor Program and Donate Life Florida.
At the Annual Public Health Awards Ceremony on April 5, the COPH presented awards for student research, Excellence in Teaching, Florida Outstanding Woman in Public Health and Outstanding Alumni. Delta Omega inductees and academic scholarship recipients were also recognized.
For World Health Day on April 7, the COPH hosted an event, “Preparing Tomorrow’s Global Public Health Leaders.” The event included a panel of COPH faculty who lead 2017 trips to Cuba, London, Japan, Panama and India and their discussion on how study abroad programs help shape the future of global leaders in public health. Guests were also invited to learn more about how public health impacts global health through a variety of community and student displays ranging on topics from volunteerism to mosquitoes and Zika.
To round off NPHW, the COPH Relay for Life team, led by COPH student Fitz-Edward Otis IV, came together at USF’s Track and Field to participate in this signature fundraising and awareness event for the American Cancer Society from Saturday, April 8 at 3 p.m. through Sunday, April 9 at 6 a.m. The team was able to raise $745 and placed 14th out of 105 teams.
Beyond the actual week, there are ongoing public health teach-ins. These teach-ins let students share their public health passion with youth in public school. Students are able to sign-up to teach a public health topic at a day, time and age level of their choice. For registration contact Ellen Kent, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more photos from NPHW, view Ellen Kent’s photo montage here.
Story by Caitlin Keough, USF College of Public Health
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