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National Public Health Week 2019

The 2019 National Public Health Week event series will examine contemporary issues such as the health benefits of exercise, overlooked health issues in young people with disabilities, aging, maternal mortality, concussions, and the health risks associated with incarceration. 

A collaborative initiative of the School of Health Professions and Human Services and the Division of Student Affairs, the seventh annual series features programming throughout April and brings together Hofstra faculty and staff from several disciplines and departments, local and national policy experts, healthcare professionals, community organizers, and students of varying majors to learn, discuss, and find solutions to critical health issues.

The interdisciplinary series also includes a fitness challenge, 5K run, film competition, public health fair, and panels on technology innovation and career opportunities in healthcare.

HPHS Signature Programming includes:

April 1: 

  • Breaking the Boundaries: “Other” Health Concerns for Young People with Disabilities; this panel will discuss commonly overlooked issues such as emergency preparedness, oral health, and sexual health.
  • Launching A Business: Entrepreneurship in Health Professions and Human Services, a discussion focusing on the steps to open your own business or develop a new healthcare service or innovation.

April 2:

  • Fail –> Succeed: Finding Your Path Over, Around and Through Obstacles
  • Aging Café, where attendees can visit stations that offer information and interactive activities on topics such as creative aging, myths v. realities, age-friendly communities, and rethinking retirement.
  • Keynote Address by Homer Venters, MD, who will discuss the profound health risks associated with incarceration, including sexual abuse, blocked access to health care, and exposure to brutality.

 April 3:

  • Interdisciplinary Student Film Competition for best health video that debunks health myths.
  • Public Health Fair featuring representatives from over 40 local health organizations and  free oral cancer, dental, blood pressure, weight, skin, and varicose vein screenings from Henry Schein, Northwell Health, the Melanoma Foundation, and Hofstra’s Wellness Center.  There will also be a concussion demonstration by NYU Langone.
  • Global Health Threats in The U.S. and Abroad: Improving Health Through Science and Action, featuring experts who collaborate with CDC Global TravEpiNet, the International Society for Travel Medicine, and the International Rescue Committee
  • Trans 101 and Beyond, a look at transgender identity, with discussion about topics including transgender health, common myths and stereotypes, and best practices for allies and professionals working with the transgender community. 

April 4:

  • Confronting Your Job Search Anxiety, featuring experts from Hofstra University’s Career Center.
  • Technology Innovation: Changing the Face of Health Care Delivery

April 5:

  • Total Health for All: Addressing the Root Causes of Poor Outcomes, which will focus on social factors affecting health including housing quality, food availability, employment and economic security.

As in years past, about 100 high school students from communities in Nassau County will attend the student film competition and the public health fair.

Visit for the full event details including speakers, locations and dates.  All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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 “Creating the healthiest nation,” a goal to improve America’s health in the span of one generation.

See photos from last year’s NPHW series – album 1 and album 2.

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