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South Florida: Lucky in Philadelphia

From the film festival to Delta Omega to a fun night out, the University of South Florida College of Public Health’s (COPH) presence at the 2019 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo was a trifecta! Bulls descended on Philadelphia from Nov. 2-6.

This year’s annual meeting marked the third time (another trifecta!) in the college’s history that a video was selected for the APHA Global Public Health Film FestivalUSF COPH: “The world is our classroom” was one of a handful of videos that aired in the “Sick Planet” category.

And in yet another trifecta, three COPH students proudly presented posters at the Delta Omega-sponsored Student Poster Session. Doctoral candidates Ms. Meredith Kernbach and Mr. Nnadozie Emechebe presented posters dealing with the effect light pollution has on infectious disease and how social stressors impact the development of cardiovascular disease, respectively. Undergraduate student Mr. Jivan James’ poster evaluated how much faculty and staff at USF know about the school’s Students of Concern Assistance Team, a behavioral-intervention team.

“The whole experience was surreal and very insightful,” said Mr. James. echo “There are thousands of public health professionals who attend this event yearly. They come from different disciplines and carry out very intriguing research studies. There was something new every day.”

In observance of the college’s 35th anniversary, this year’s APHA reception was also ramped up a notch.

More than 120 Bulls and public health colleagues showed up for the festivities at Lucky Strike. “The bowling alley and game room provided the perfect setting for a fun celebration,” said COPH Dean Donna Petersen.

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