This year’s National Public Health Week event series brings together Hofstra faculty and staff from several disciplines and departments, 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.
They will examine several contemporary public health issues, including using entrepreneurship to solve community health issues, improving the mind/body connection of those with autism, identifying the physical and emotional needs of transgender individuals, and understanding the rapid rise of mergers and partnerships in the U.S. healthcare industry. The series also includes a fitness challenge, an interactive exhibit on gun violence prevention, a film competition, public health fair, and a panel on careers in public health.
Co-hosted by the School of Health Professions and Human Services and the Division of Student Affairs, Hofstra’s sixth annual National Public Health Week series features programming throughout April, with signature events April 9-12.
The HPHS Signature Programming includes:
April 9: Reframe Your Thinking Around Autism with author Holly Bridges, who will teach a technique to help upgrade the mind/body connection in people with autism.
April 10-11: Gun Violence Prevention: An Interactive Exhibit, in the Student Center Atrium, offers information on gun violence along with ways to advocate for prevention.
- Keynote Event: Intersection of Entrepreneurship and Community Health featuring Nisha Maharani of Google and Christel Hyden of the Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge Program
- Interdisciplinary Student Film Competition for best health video on summer safety
- Public Health Fair featuring representatives from local health organizations as well as exercise and food demonstrations. (A short fitness walk from the Student Center to HofUSA will precede the start of the fair.)
- Film Screening and Discussion: Intersections Between Social Determinants and Health of U.S. Immigrants, featuring three short films that highlight current disparities that exist among U.S. immigrant populations.
- The Truth About Aidan: My Life as Part of the Transgender Community
- Fail –> Succeed: Finding Your Path Over, Around and Through Obstacles
- Strategic Alignment in a Time of Healthcare Transformation, a moderated panel discussion featuring health care executives from several local and regional health care systems.
- Public Health Career Panel and Roundtable
April 26: The Grand Annual Audiology Debate, a student-led discussion about the use of complementary and alternative medicine to treat conditions such as tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears.
As in years past, more than 100 high school students from underserved communities in Nassau County will attend the keynote event, student film competition, and the public health fair.
This year’s programming also features almost two dozen events from University partners including the Division of Student Affairs’ Student Health and Counseling Center, Student Advocacy and Prevention Awareness, and the Center for Academic Excellence, including sessions that offer meditation and stress relief techniques as well as support for people in addiction recovery.
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 the theme of “Healthiest Nation 2030,” a goal to improve America’s health in the span of one generation.