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Hofstra Celebrates National Public Health Week, April 6-12

The School of Health Sciences and Human Services will observe its second annual National Public Health Week next week with a series of free events addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing public health professionals today, from the impact of the Affordable Care Act to managing the quality and growing costs of health care.

The National Public Health Week (NPHW) Event Series, which runs April 6-12, 2014, will feature health fairs, panel discussions, film screenings, student-run exhibits, and a 5K run.  All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For a full schedule of events and speakers, or to RSVP, visit

The events bring together Hofstra faculty, local and national policy experts and practitioners, students,  community organizations, and the public to tackle issues such as how nurses increasingly affect health care reform, the politics of dental care coverage, radiation safety, childhood obesity, and dating violence.   This year’s event series comes with the announcement that Hofstra’s graduate program in public health is now a candidate for accreditation with the Council on Education in Public Health.

Dr. John McDonough, director of Harvard University’s Center for Public Health Leadership and a former senior advisor to the U.S. Senate on health reform, will present a special lecture on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — whom it has benefited and what to expect moving forward.  Watch it live on Thurs., April 10 at 7 pm.

Also, as part of NPHW, the Nassau County Department of Health’s Minority Health Bureau will hold its first Minority Health Conference, which will feature a panel on building health equity, as well as an interactive health fair and film screening for local high school students.

“This year’s NPHW program will interest physicians, nurses, dentists, public health and allied health professionals, administrators, policy makers, and consumers,” said Ronald Bloom, acting dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Services.  “The interdisciplinary emphasis of NPHW highlights the central role that public health plays in the School of Health Sciences and Human Services and its emerging role as a leader in educating future health care professionals.”

During the week, the Hofstra student chapter of the Society of Public Health Advocates will spearhead a public awareness campaign on a variety of health issues, with exhibits throughout campus and an information table in the atrium of the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus.

Hofstra’s NPHW 2014 partners include Henry Schein, Inc., Bayada Home Health Care, Nassau County Department of Health, Nassau University Medical Center, North Shore-LIJ Department of Pediatrics, The Safe Center of Long Island, Hofstra University North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and the Hofstra University Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy.

Since 1995, the American Public Health Association has designated the first full week of April as National Public Health Week, and set a different theme each year. For 2014, the theme is “Public Health: Start Here,” a reference to how health professionals can help individuals and communities adjust to the rapidly changing world of public health.

Hofstra launched its School of Health Sciences and Human Services, along with a new Master of Public Health program, in fall 2012. This series of events demonstrates the School’s commitment to community service and to training future leaders as practitioners, policy makers and managers who provide health and educational services.


Sunday, April 6

  • 9:00AM -3:00PM – Women’s Health Fair 

Monday, April 7

  • 4:00PM-6:00PM – Dental Public Health: Politics, Policy, and Practice – Panel Discussion
  • 6:30PM-8:30PM – Managing Care, Cost, and Quality In An Era of Unprecedented Health System Change – Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 8

  • 2:00PM-3:30PM – Radiation Safety: How Exposed Are You? – Presentation and Q&A
  • 6:30PM-8:30PM – Millennium Development Goals 2015: Where Do We Stand and Where Do We Go From Here?  – Global Health Symposium and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 9

  • 8:30AM-1:30PM – Nassau County Minority Health Conference – Film Viewing, Panel Discussion, and Health Screenings
  • 2:30PM-4:00PM – Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Know the Signs and What to Do About Dating Violence – Domestic Violence Presentation and Q&A
  • 4:30PM-10:00PM – Public Health Film Festival – Film Viewing and Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 10

  • 11:00AM-1:30PM – Thinking Outside the Box: Students Present Strategies for Tackling Childhood Obesity — Interdisciplinary Student Case Competition
  • 7:00PM-9:00PM –  Health Care Reform 2014 and Beyond – A Special Public Lecture by Dr. John McDonough on the Impact of Obamacare

Friday, April 11

  • 12:00PM-2:00PM – How Nurses Can Help Save Health Reform – Luncheon and Panel Discussion

Saturday, April 12

  • 9:00AM – Run or Dye 5K


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