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Maryland Celebrates National Public Health Week

The University of Maryland School of Public Health is celebrating National Public Health Week with events all over our campus throughout the week.

[Photo: Public Health Research @ Maryland, April 3, 2018: UMD School of Public Health Dean Boris Lushniak, UMB School of Nursing Dean Jane Kirschling, UMB School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Richard Besser, UMB President Jay Perman, UMD Provost Mary Ann Rankin, UMB Executive Vice President, Provost, and Dean of the Graduate School Bruce Jarrell, and UMB Department of Epidemiology & Public Health Chair Jay Magaziner.]

Our largest signature event of the year, Public Health Research @ Maryland, happened Tuesday, April 3, and was an all-day extravaganza of panel discussions, poster sessions, and great conversations with hundreds of public health students, researchers and working professionals from the University of Maryland, College Park and Baltimore campuses, together with partners and colleagues from all around the region. Participation in this event, now in its sixth year, far exceeded any previous year. Dr. Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, kicked off the day with a keynote talk, Changing How America Thinks About Health.

On Monday April 2, HLSA associate professor Dr. Jie Chen’s Hospital and Public Health Interdisciplinary Research (HAPPY) Lab presented an afternoon seminar on its System-level Multidisciplinary Integration for popuLation health and Equity (SMILE) project. The seminar brought experts together to discuss integrated care coordination between hospitals, communities, and public health agencies among African American and Latino patients, and how these coordination practices impact racial and ethnic disparities in health. The seminar was moderated by Dr. Stephen Thomas and featured presentations by Drs. David Marcozzi, Howard Goldman, Charles Reynolds, Luisa Franzini, and Jie Chen.

Also, every day this week our students have had opportunities to learn about careers in public health-related fields during Healthcare Career Week sponsored by the University Career Center & The President’s Promise. Many students also had a great opportunity for some personal mentorship from our alumni at the Student and Alumni Night of Networking on April 5.