The School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) will
recognize National Public Health Week April 3-12 with a series of
events that highlight and celebrate public health efforts locally
All events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise
indicated, all take place on UB’s South Campus.
“We have a number of exciting events taking place that
highlight various areas of public health and the breadth of our
school,” says Jean Wactawski-Wende, dean of the SPHHP.
National Public Health Week at UB kicks off on April 3 with the
annual Saxon Graham Lecture by world-renowned cancer epidemiologist
Tim Byers, a former collaborator of Graham’s. He will give
his talk, “Nutrition and Cancer: Personal Reflections on 40
Years of Slow Progress,” at 11:30 a.m. in 144 Farber Hall.
For those unable to attend, the lecture will be live streamed.
Byers is professor of epidemiology at the University of
Colorado, Denver; associate director for cancer prevention and
control at the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center;
and associate dean for public health practice and director of the
Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public
Health. His research interests include epidemiologic and clinical
studies of nutrients as protective factors in certain cancers;
treatment decision-making by patients and physicians; cancer
genetics; and programs to promote early cancer detection.
Other events planned for Public Health Week:
- Community health promotion health assessments. UB students and
staff from community and county organizations will assess risks
from falls and cardiovascular risk, as well as provide educational
information about nutrition, fire prevention, caregiver assistance
and other topics. The assessments will take place at the Community
Health Center of Buffalo, 34 Benwood Ave., Buffalo. Specific
dates and times can be accessed online.
- Public health leadership workshop. This workshop on public
health leadership skills led by Timothy Maynes, assistant professor
of management, organization and human resources, will take place
from noon to 1 p.m. April 7 in 182 Farber Hall.
- “Person-centered care: From practice to theory to
practice.” This brown bag seminar, sponsored by the
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, will be led by
Davina Porock, associate dean for research and scholarship in the
School of Nursing. It will take place from noon to 1 p.m. April 9
in 111 Kimball Tower.
- Second Annual Refugee Health Summit. Sponsored by the Office of
Global Health Initiatives, the summit’s mission is to
continue building pathways toward culturally engaged health care
for refugees in Western New York. The summit will be held from
12:30-5 p.m. April 9 at UB’s Educational Opportunity Center,
555 Ellicott St. A
full schedule and registration
information are available online.
- “Alive Inside,” screening of the Sundance Film
Festival Audience Award-winning documentary by director and writer
Michael Rossato-Bennett. It will begin at 9 a.m. April 10 at the
North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave. The film examines how music
can help combat memory loss. A panel discussion will follow the
- Fifth Annual Global Health Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 10,
Lippschultz Room, Biomedical Education Building. Topics to be
addressed include “Extinguishing the tobacco pandemic:
Considerations for public health policy, planning and
practice,” and “The challenge of improving global
health: Threats and opportunities in a changing world.” A full
schedule is available online.
- Jill Cameron, associate professor in the Department of
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation
Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto, will discuss
“Supporting Stroke Family Caregivers across the Care
Continuum,” at 2 p.m. April 10 in 111 Kimball Tower.
- Screening of the documentary “Fire in the Blood,” 2
p.m., April 10, 134 Farber. Unni Karunakara, past international
president of Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders, will
speak after the film.
In addition to these events, UB students from the Department of
Community Health and Health Behavior’s Graduate Student
Association will take part in renovating a home for Habitat for
More information about UB's celebration of
National Public Health Week is available online.
Additional sponsors include the Office of Global Health
Initiatives, Office of Interprofessional Education, Institute for
Person-Centered Care, Tau Chapter of the Pi Theta Epsilon honor
society, Student Occupational Therapy Association, School of Social
Work Graduate Student Association (GSA), Physical Therapy Club,
Nursing Student GSA and the UB GSA.