The Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) hosted several events in recognition of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) National Public Health Week, April 2 – 8.
This year’s theme was “Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together.” The annual observance brings together communities across the country to recognize the important contributions of public health and its professionals and highlight issues important to improving the nation’s health.
The APHA highlighted five topics this year – behavioral health, communicable diseases, environmental health, injury and violence prevention, and ensuring the right to health.
The Public Health Club hosted two of the events at Oregon State during the week. “We chose the events as a way to increase awareness of the club and to bring people together to discuss important public health issues like the privatization of water,” says Ms. Nicole Hobbs, co-president of the club.
Ms. Hobbs says that National Public Health Week is important because it brings awareness to public health issues and allows public health officials to connect with their communities. She adds that the club provides students with opportunities to engage in community outreach, volunteering and professional development.
Events held during the week of April 2 – 8:
April 2 – 8
Photo essay contest: “Changing Our Future Together”
A collection of photo and captions were uploaded to Twitter and Instagram using #OregonStateNPHW and #NPHW representing what this year’s theme – Changing Our Future – meant to the submitter.
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, SEC Plaza
Healthy snacks in the SEC, sponsored by the Public Health Club
Students were able to grab a healthy snack and gather healthy recipe cards from Food Hero.
1:00-2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, HFC 115
Book reading and discussion
Dr. Kate MacTavish, associate professor, read from her new book “Singlewide: Chasing the American Dream in a Rural Trailer Park.”
2:00-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, Milam Auditorium (O26)
Run, hide, fight active shooter training
Participants learned how to prepare for – and respond to – an active shooter situation. Oregon State Police led this training.
5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, Waldo 400
Flow: For Love of Water
The Public Health Club sponsored this film screening and discussion led by Dr. Shelley Su, a toxicologist and senior instructor in environmental and occupational health.
1-2:00 p.m. Friday, April 6, HFC 155
Adventures in Public Health: Taking the Road Less Traveled
CPHHS Alumna Alana Knudson, PhD, program area director in the public health department at NORC at the University of Chicago and co-director of NORC’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, will discuss her path in public health.
4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, HFC 115 and lobby
Current CPHHS graduate students present their latest research in the CPHHS disciplines during this student poster session and reception.