PHSA Hosts Successful National Public Health Week Events
The Kent State Public Health Student Alliance (PHSA) celebrated National Public Health Week April 6-10 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 PHSA’s fifth-annual Public Health Fair on April 7, over 30 local and national health organizations educated about their missions and promoted internships and careers. A LifeShare blood drive, also on April 7 was co-sponsored with the University Health Services’ (UHS) Office of Health Promotion.
The second Public Health Research Forum was held on April 8, with a half-dozen graduate students submitting abstracts for faculty review, then presenting their work in a poster format. Winners were Diana Kingsbury and Sunita Shakya for their research regarding the effects of a pilot hand hygiene randomized cluster trial aimed to reduce communicable infections among U.S. office-based employees.
A panel of six recent alumni discussed public health careers during an event on April 6. Connections were made among the students and recent graduates and guidance regarding the pursuit of public health-related careers.
On April 9, CPH volunteers 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.
In other spring semester activities, 15 PHSA representatives participated in the April 17-18 Kent State Relay for Life, held at the University Field House to benefit the American Cancer Society. Almost 60 teams with more than 1,700 participants raised some $64,000 to date.