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Texas A&M Honors First Public Health Hero during 2016 National Public Health Week Festivities

The founder of Earth Day Texas, Mr. Trammell S. Crow, will be honored as the inaugural “Public Health Hero” at a reception and dinner hosted by Dean Jay Maddock of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health. As the organizer of Earth Day Texas, the world’s largest annual public exhibition of green ideas, products and technologies, Mr. Crow has elevated environmental awareness to a heightened level that will impact future generations not only in the state of Texas, but throughout the country.

“The goal of public health is to provide the conditions in which everyone can lead a healthy life, including a safe and clean environment,” Dr. Maddock said. “It is our pleasure to recognize Mr. Crow who has been a leader in the Green Republican movement. His ability to galvanize the business community to protect and improve the environment has had a measurable impact on the health of Texans.”

The invitation-only event will take place on Friday, April 8 in Dallas, Texas, at the Tavern & Pecan Room at Old Parkland.

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 1-9, with numerous activities open to the public.

The kickoff event will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on April 1 during First Friday in Downtown Bryan, Texas. Starting at the Carnegie Library, volunteers will provide guided tours of walking trails. Promotional materials and door prizes will be distributed.

On Monday, April 4, College Station Mayor Ms. Nancy Berry and Bryan Mayor Mr. Jason Bienski will read and present a signed proclamation to Dean Maddock declaring National Public Health Week in the Brazos Valley. The event will be held in the lobby of the school’s administration building, and the Director of the Brazos County Health Department Mr. Ken Bost will participate as well.

The Research Poster Student Showcase as well as research posters from faculty selected for the Research Enhancement Development Initiative will be on display for public viewing throughout the entire week in the school’s classroom building. From 4:45-5:30 p.m. on Monday, students will be available to discuss their research findings and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, April 5, the documentary “Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria” will be shown from 4:45-6:15 pm in classroom 111. Those attending are invited to engage in a panel discussion on health disparities and inequities facing the transgender community and refreshments will be served.

On Wednesday, April 6, from 12:00-1:00 pm, advisors, parents and prospective students are invited to participate in a virtual chat session with admissions staff at the school to learn more about public health and career opportunities. To receive login info, register at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NPHWChat

Later in the day from 4:00-5:00 pm, Olympic Gold Medalist and Ms. Aggie Breeja Larson, ’14 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. Participants will be able to log in and add their physical activity points to middle schools participating in the World Fit Walk this year. Each Wed. at 11:30 am from April 11-May 20, participants will meet at the school to exercise by walking.

Thursday, April 7, two events will be held. First, a Lunch and Learn: Alumni Career Tips Panel from 12:00-2:00 pm in classroom 111 will be held featuring alumni of the school from every department sharing their best career advice to current students. From 4:00-4:30 pm in the school’s classroom building, Associate Dean of Research Dr. Marcia Ory, will announce the winners of the student research poster competition.

On Friday, April 8, from 10:00 am-3:00 pm a blood drive in association with the Gulf Coast Regional Center will be held in the Medical Sciences Library lobby.

The week’s festivities will conclude with the Annual Spring Banquet for students, faculty and staff at the Astin Mansion on Saturday, April 9 from 7:00-10:00 pm.