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Celebrating National Public Health Week 2013

The UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences is hosting several activities in recognition of National Public Health Week (NPHW) starting April 1, 2013. NPHW logo 2013Many thanks to the school’s Student Government Association and the UofL Chapter of the Kentucky Public Health Association for coordinating these events.

NPHW Tweet-a-Thon
SPHIS is hosting third annual Tweet-a-Thon from April 1 through April 7 as part of NPHW 2013. SPHIS students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends are encouraged to submit tweets on the public health topic of your choice. Remember a tweet is only 140 characters and can include links. We will tweet messages throughout the week from the SPHIS account (@ulsphis) using the hashtag #NPHW. New this year is a prize ($25 gift certificate) for the tweet that gets the most retweets as calculated by Hootsuite. Visit the NPHW website to get tips and ideas for daily themes. Submit tweets to:

Public Health is Diversity and Inclusion in Louisville
On Tues., April 2, Stephen Hanson, PhD, will present "Public Health is Diversity & Inclusion in Louisville" and discuss the history of Louisville as it relates to community health and medicine. The presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 103 at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Dr. Hanson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, adjunct faculty in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine, and core faculty in the MA program in Interdisciplinary Studies (Bioethics and Medical Humanities) at the University of Louisville. View flyer.

Public Health is Being Active
On Wed., April 3, SPHIS students have planned a walk across the Big Four Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge to celebrate the American Heart Association's National Walking Day. The group will meet at the bridge in Louisville Waterfront Park at 7 p.m. to walk, run, or ride together. Please RSVP for National Walk Day to Anne Harrell.

Public Health is You
On Thurs., April 4, the SGA will host a panel discussion for anyone interested in learning more about working in the field of public health. This will be a debut event for the school’s new dean, Craig Blakely, PhD, MPH, and will feature public health professionals working in the core disciplines of public health including: LaQuandra Nesbitt, MD, MPH; David Allen, MD, MPH; Kenneth Ramos, MD, PhD, PHARMB; Dana Carpenter, MPH; and Sarojini Kanotra, PhD, MPH. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the discussion will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness (400 E. Gray Street, 40202). Panelist information.

Public Health is Risk Communication
On Fri., April 5, Barbara Reynolds, PhD, will present “Public Health is Risk Communication” via Skype. This special presentation will take place from 11:30 12 p.m. in Room 001 at SPHIS. Dr. Reynolds will define risk communication and provide a real life example, followed by a discussion with attendees. Dr. Reynolds is a Director in the Division of News and Electronic Media and Senior Advisor for Crisis Communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This event is a collaboration with the CDC’s Speakers Bureau. View flyer.

Public Health is Community Service
SGA will be serving dinner at the St. Vincent de Paul Open Hand Kitchen on Sat., April 6. This service activity will be approximately 1.5 hours. Volunteers will meet at SPHIS at 4:15 p.m. and will serve dinner at 4:30 p.m. (1026 S. Jackson, 40203). If you want to volunteer, please RSVP to Stacey Konkle.

If you want additional information about any of these events, please contact Jessica Simpson, Student Council President or Melissa Schreck, Associate Director for External Affairs.

The School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) is located at 485 E. Gray Street, 40202.
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