The School of Health Professions and Human Services’ Master of Public Health (MPH) Program and its student group, the Society of Public Health Advocates, will observe its fourth annual National Public Health Week from April 5-8, 2016 with a series of free events addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing public health professionals today, including college students’ sexual health, veterans’ mental health, living with disabilities, Medicaid reform, and the impact of junk food and soda on health and wallets.
The 2016 National Public Health Week (NPHW) Event Series features a health fair, student health video contest, panel discussions, free health screenings, and an interactive session in Spanish. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.
The events bring together Hofstra faculty, local and national policy experts, healthcare professionals, community organizations, and students of varying majors to learn, discuss, and find solutions to critical health issues with an interdisciplinary approach.
A key event this year is “The Politics of Big Food and Big Soda,” which features award-winning author and researcher Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. Dr. Nestle will address the scientific and socioeconomic influences in food choice, the impact of the lobbying power of the food industry, and the strategies that can help curb the growing rates of obesity, diabetes, dental disease and other health problems that plague Americans. Watch it live on Thursday, April 7 at 9:35 a.m.
Again this year, the School of Health Professions and Human Services and the MPH Program will partner with Nassau County’s Department of Health and Bureau of Minority Health on the third annual interactive Minority Health Fair, which will focus on raising awareness of chronic diseases and how to prevent them in minority communities on Long Island. Attendees can speak with health professionals from local community-based organizations, get free hearing, vision, blood pressure and HIV testing, learn about affordable insurance options, and observe exercise and healthy food demonstrations. NPHW sponsor Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practices, will again provide free oral cancer screenings in collaboration with Nassau County Dental Society.
In addition, a workshop on sexual health will help college students better understand consent, safe sex, and sexual assault prevention. Free on-site testing for HIV and sexually transmitted infections will be provided by Planned Parenthood.
The Hofstra student chapter of the Society of Public Health Advocates will also lead a public-health awareness campaign with exhibits and an information table in the atrium of the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus.
Since 1995, the American Public Health Association has designated one week in April as National Public Health Week to highlight the work of public health professionals and identify rising public health issues in communities across the nation. This year’s NPHW series continues 2015’s theme of “Healthiest Nation 2030,” a goal to improve America’s health in the span of one generation.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Global Health Goals Near and Far
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
9:00 am – 3:30 pm: Mission Critical: Veterans Health Summit
2:20 pm – 3:45 pm: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex But Were Afraid to Ask
6:30 pm – 8:20 pm: Integrating the Clinical Sector with Community-Based Organizations: The Promises and Challenges of the New York Delivery System Reform Initiative Payment (DSRIP) Project
Thursday, April 7, 2016
9:35 am – 11:00 am: Politics of Big Food and Big Soda: A Conversation with Dr. Marion Nestle / Livestream
11:10 am – 12:35 pm: Interdisciplinary Student Film Competition
12:45 pm – 2:45 pm: Nassau County Minority Health Fair
4:30 pm – 6:20 pm: Living with Developmental Disability in Nassau County
Friday, April 8, 2016
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Exercise As Medicine: Strategies and Approaches for Collaboration
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Te Escuchamos! Enterate y Aprende Como Incluir a La Comunidad Latina en Actividades Para Promover La Salud (We Hear You! Listening and Learning How to Engage the Latino Community in Health Promotion Activities)