The Texas A&M School of Public Health in College Station, Texas, will once again host an array of events in the Brazos Valley to celebrate National Public Health Week (NPHW) April 1-7, with numerous activities open to the public.
Of special interest is the Delta Omega Honor Society Distinguished Lecture Series, “What worked and didn’t work in Obamacare” led by Dr. Michael Morrisey, internationally renowned health economist and School of Public Health department head, recently on C-SPAN with colleagues discussing a 5-state study on the issue. He will be joined by Dr. William Sage, a member of the National Academy of Medicine working with the School of Public Health as a 2017 fellow of the Hagler Institute for Advance Study, and Dr. Laura Dague, recipient of the 2015 National Institute for Health Care Management’s research award for her work on Medicaid, of the Bush School of Government and Public Service.
The school will kickoff NPHW with the annual spring banquet for faculty, staff and students held from 7:00 to 10:00 pm on April 1 at Parker Crossing in Bryan. This year’s theme is “Around the World” and will include a night of entertainment and hors d’oeuvres.
On Monday, April 3, at 10:30 p.m., College Station Mayor Karl Mooney and Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson will read and present a signed proclamation to Dean Jay Maddock in the lobby of the school’s administration building declaring National Public Health Week in the Brazos Valley. The winners of the “This is Public Health” photo contest will also be announced and displayed.
The Research Poster Student Showcase will be on display for public viewing throughout the entire week in the school’s classroom building. From 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday, students will be available to discuss their research findings and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.
On Wednesday, April 5, three events will occur beginning with the previously highlighted Delta Omega Honor Society Distinguished Lecture Series, “What worked and didn’t work in Obamacare.” This event will be held between 12:30-1:45 pm in classroom 111, and a light lunch will be served.
Later in the day from 3:30-4:15 p.m., Olympian Jackie Washington and Brigadier General Joe Ramirez, Commandant of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, will be at the school to kickoff the World Fit Walk Event. The school is supporting this 6-week campaign designed to motivate and encourage youth to increase their physical activity with Olympians as role models. Individuals can choose to track their physical activity online, and partake in the global effort to inspire elementary and middle school youth to stay active. Each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., participants will meet at the school to walk one mile. General Ramirez will also discuss “Mission Readiness,” a national security organization that advocates for smart investments to help our young people grow up “citizen ready” — prepared to succeed academically, stay physically fit, and abide by the law.
The last event of the day will be held from 4:30-5:00 p.m. in the school’s classroom building, when associate dean of research Dr. Marcia Ory will announce the winners of the student research poster competition.
On Thursday, April 6, the School of Public Health in partnership with the University Art Galleries will host “Mindful Colaration.” All are invited to participate in adult coloring, which can be an alternative to meditation, from 11:00-1:00 p.m. at the Forsyth Galleries. Supplies will be provided free of charge.
The week’s festivities will conclude on Friday, April 7, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Carnegie Library during First Friday in Downtown Bryan where volunteers will provide guided tours of walking trails the school helped the city develop. The Brazos County Health Department will participate in this event and promotional materials and door prizes will be distributed.