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National Public Health Week: A Daily Recap

All this week, April 6-12, Hofstra observes National Public Health Week (NPHW) with events that examine important issues such as domestic violence, dental care coverage, the impact of Obamacare, health care reform, radiation safety, and childhood obesity.  See the full schedule at   Student-organized displays, exhibits, and sidewalk messages (such as the one above) throughout campus also call attention to the dangers of drunk driving, waste, and secondhand smoke.

Day 5 (April 10):

Five teams of Hofstra students across several disciplines presented their ideas on tackling childhood obesity on Long Island in the University’s first interdisciplinary student case competition on.  Find out who won! 

John McDonough, director of the Center for Public Health Leadership at Harvard University and a former adviser to the U.S. Senate on health care reform, presented a special public lecture in the Cultural Center Theater on “Health Care Reform 2014 and Beyond: The Impact of Obamacare.”   If you missed it, you can watch the lecture on Hofstra’s YouTube channel.

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Pictured:  Harvard’s John McDonough with State Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City), Hofstra School of Health Sciences and Human Services Acting Dean Ron Bloom, Nassau County Commissioner of Health Larry Eisenstein, MD, and Corinne Kyriacou, associate professor and director of the Master of Public Health program.


Day 4 (April 9)

Hofstra University School of Health Sciences and Human Services and the Nassau County Dept. of Health partnered for the first-ever Minority Health Conference & Fair.  Local high school students, Hofstra students, community members, industry experts, and representatives from local organizations and health care facilities came together for an interactive day that included a panel discussion, free health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, and a viewing of the award-winning film Soul Food Junkie.       Also, read Newsday’s article about the event.

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Later, an afternoon session on dating violence featured speakers including Kaitlyn Pickford of The Safe Center LI, a nonprofit that helps victims of domestic and child abuse.



Day 3 (April 8)

Students from the Society of Public Health Advocates staged a flash mob in the Student Center atrium to stress the importance of daily exercise for good health. Their “drop dead” campaign then highlighted startling statistics about the state of public health in the United States (for example, 51 percent of Americans will live in poverty at some point before age 65; almost half of all Americans reported having at least one of six chronic diseases).

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Day 2 (April 7)

Students coming to class today were reminded that good judgment and healthy practices matter:



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A panel on dental health looked at the factors affecting access to proper oral care, which can be a window to many underlying chronic health conditions.   Listen to WRHU reporter Elisa Tang’s interview with Gerard Meuchner, who moderated the panel and is chief global communications officer for Henry Schein, Inc., a sponsor of NPHW.


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Industry experts and Hofstra faculty also gathered for a discussion on managing quality and costs in a system that’s now shifting from reactive to proactive health care.

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Day 1 (April 6)

Women’s Health Fair

The Women’s Health Fair provided mothers, expecting mothers, and families with the services and resources that they need to raise happy, healthy babies. Held in the United Healthcare Auditorium in Hempstead, NY, the event was a collaboration between the The Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Master of Public Health program in the School of Health Sciences and Human Services.

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