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UMass Amherst Celebrates National Public Health Week

The University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) has planned a week’s worth of events in honor of the 2017 National Public Health Week. The events highlight the School’s message of education, research, outreach and practice.

The School will hold its twentieth Annual Research Day on Tuesday, April 4. The School holds this event, celebrated annually during the National Public Health Week, as an opportunity for the university, media and surrounding communities to learn more about the research, instruction and outreach conducted by its students. Students from all departments in the SPHHS will present posters of their work which will be judged based on content and presentation. Awards are made in Research and Practice categories. Additional awards will be presented by the Delta Omega Honor Society’s Rho Chapter, which will submit winning abstracts as part of its submission to the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

On April 5, the SPHHS and its partners in the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network will host a forum, “Critical Resources for Health: The State of Hospital Community Benefit in Massachusetts” at the UMass Center at Springfield. Dr. Paul Hattis of the Tufts University School of Medicine and community health advocate Ms. Enid Eckstein will review a report on hospital community benefits in the commonwealth and how to maximize the impact of those hospital community obligations, with particular emphasis on how community benefit and other hospital resources affect community health in western Massachusetts. The event will also include updates from state officials responsible for monitoring hospital contributions and a panel discussion in which community and health care leaders share their perspective on the report’s data and recommendations.

For more information on any of these events, contact Mr. Patrick Freeman by email at