The School of Health Sciences and Human Services, along with the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program and the Society of Public Health Advocates, observed its third annual National Public Health Week on April 15-17 with a series of free events addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing public health professionals today, including Alzheimer’s Disease awareness, inequalities in suburban health care, HIV prevention, the mental health impact of Hurricane Sandy, comprehensive oral health, and the future of long-term care.
“You’re never too young to learn about good health habits. If a student can be influenced in a positive way in high school or college, he or she can become an advocate for an extended community of peers,” said Steve Kess, vice president of global professional relations at Henry Schein, Inc., a key sponsor of NPHW events. “We can never fulfill our mission until we start somewhere, and Hofstra’s taking a great step forward in educating minority communities about issues that affect their lives. We want to be part of supporting that.”
Watch the video above to see a recap of the events, which included:
- A concert by the band Honor By August
- A minority health conference and fair featuring health commissioners from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester and more than 150 high school students from Long Island and New York City.
- A public-health film contest among Hofstra students from 13 disciplines; the winning video created by Lauren Debare PA’16, Linda Liu PA’16, Linda Courtin MPH’16, and Catherine Tawfik Biology’18 dealt with the consequences of infectious disease.
- Free dental, oral cancer, hearing and HIV health screenings
- NPHW exhibits in the Student Center, presented by MPH graduate students and members of the student Society of Public Health Advocates.
See also pics from the event series: