PHSA Hosts Successful National Public Health Week Events
Members of the Public Health Student Alliance (PHSA) celebrated National Public Health Week April 1-7 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 third-annual Public Health Fair on April 2, some 30 local and national health organizations educated about their missions and promoted internships and careers, including Akron General Health System, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, GOJO Industries, Inc. and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. A LifeShare blood drive, co-sponsored with the University Health Services’ (UHS) Office of Health Promotion, collected 80 pints.
On April 4, 10 CPH students assisted UHS in staffing an outreach, education and screening program on National Alcohol Screening Day to 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.
The second-annual Art for Cancer silent auction to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life was held on April 5 and drew about 120 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 $3,300. Some 25 CPH representatives participated in the April 27 Kent State University Relay for Life, held at the University Field House.