PHSA Hosts Successful National Public Health Week Events
Members of the Public Health Student Alliance (PHSA) celebrated National Public Health Week April 7-13 with numerous activities that helped recognize the contributions of public health at Kent State, provide networking opportunities for students and highlight issues important to improving the university community’s health.
At the PSHA’s fourth-annual Public Health Fair on April 8, some 31 local and national health organizations educated about their missions and promoted internships and careers, including AxessPointe Community Health Center, EnviroScience, Inc., the Ohio Environmental Health Association, the Ohio Public Health Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the U.S. Occupational Health & Safety Administration. A LifeShare blood drive on April 1 and 7, co-sponsored with the University Health Services’ (UHS) Office of Health Promotion, collected 118 pints.
On April 10, CPH volunteers assisted UHS in staffing an outreach, education and screening program on National Alcohol Screening Dayto raise awareness about alcohol misuse and refer individuals with alcohol problems for further treatment. Thousands of colleges, community-based organizations and military installations provide the program to the public each year.
In other spring semester activities, some 16 CPH representatives participated in the April 5 Kent State University Relay for Life, held at the University Field House to benefit the American Cancer Society. The third-annual Art for Cancer silent auction, which also benefits Relay for Life was held on April 25 and drew about 110 attendees. A dinner and silent auction featuring fine art and crafts, donated by Kent State President Lester Lefton, faculty, staff and students, demonstrated many hidden talents and raised more than $3,850.