Make COPH Unstoppable on #GivingTuesday [VIDEO]

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“By giving to the USF College of Public Health, you are supporting the next generation of change agents, the next generation of people who make the world a little better by fighting for the conditions in which all people can be healthy,” said Fulbright Scholar Jennifer Stenback, a Samuel P. Bell III Scholarship recipient and COPH alumna.



In observance of Giving Tuesday, the USF College of Public Health presents a 24-hour online giving campaign dedicated to student scholarships. Supporters of the college can make online gifts from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Strategically placed after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and CyberMonday, Giving Tuesday coincides with the start of the holiday shopping season and serves as a reminder to give a gift during this special time of the year.

“We have a day for giving thanks.  We have three days for getting deals … This year, support a day for giving back,” says a message on the #GivingTuesday website.

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Giving Tuesday at the USF College of Public Health


Dr. Amruta Mhashilkar and Rema Ramakrishnan: Unstoppable

In the fall of 2015, College of Public Health doctoral students Rema Ramakrishnan and Dr. Amruta Mhashilkar were chosen to share their posters during the Delta Omega Student Poster Session at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 in Chicago, Ill.

Their presentation was made possible due to the generosity of COPH donors in the form of Student Honorary Awards for Research and Practice (SHARP).

Delta Omega is an honor society for graduate students in public health. It was founded at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1924. The COPH is one of the group’s 68 chapters.

“This presentation enabled me to convey my research on a large scale, test my skills as a presenter, and also helped expose me to experts, particularly in the field of maternal and child health,” said Ramakrishnan, who will be obtaining her PhD in epidemiology in 2017.

Her poster, “Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and Breastfeeding Duration: An Analysis of the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System,” analyzed the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and its association with continued breastfeeding among infants.

“I was excited since this was the first time I was going to APHA and also my first time presenting at a national conference,” Ramakrishnan said.


(From left) Dr. Amruta Mhashilkar and Rema Ramakrishnan were given awards from Delta Omega, the honorary society for graduate students in public health, in addition to presenting their posters. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Mhashilkar)

(From left) Dr. Amruta Mhashilkar and Rema Ramakrishnan were two of 19 students selected to present their research at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Chicago.  (Photo courtesy of Dr. Mhashilkar)


Mhashilkar’s poster, “Ecdysone receptor: A novel target for development of drugs against filariasis,” discussed the ways to address filariasis, which is a disease caused by the Brugia malayi parasite and affects more than 120 million people globally by causing elephantiasis and death.

“An opportunity such as this to present my work at a national platform is very rare for a student. It is an absolute pleasure for being chosen to present at the Delta Omega poster session,” Mhashilkar said.

“The poster session was an incredible experience. I got a few visitors who were extremely interested in my research topic and asked me really good questions.” Mhashilkar said.

“It was indeed helpful to know their views and I am grateful that I could get an unbiased opinion about my research. The positive feedback from others have made me proud of what I do,” Mhashilkar said. “I am glad I was given the opportunity, firstly, to conduct the research and, secondly, to present it at such a huge platform.”

With your gift, tomorrow’s health leaders will be unstoppable!

Story by  Anna Mayor and Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health.