University at Buffalo Celebrates National Public Health Week 2015

Published April 2, 2015

The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) will recognize National Public Health Week April 3-12 with a series of over 10 events that highlight and celebrate public health efforts in communities across the nation and the world.

The activities will feature special guest speakers, seminars, documentary film screenings, and volunteer events. All events are free and open to the public.

“We have a number of exciting events taking place that highlight various areas of public health and the breadth of our school,” says SPHHP dean, Jean Wactawski-Wende.

SPHHP’s celebration of National Public Health Week will kick-off with the annual Saxon Graham Lecture titled, “Nutrition and Cancer: Personal Reflections on 40 Years of Slow Progress” on April 3.  A world renowned researcher on cancer epidemiology and prevention, speaker Tim Byers, PhD, has published more than 320 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and served on numerous committees to evaluate evidence and provide guidelines for practice. A former collaborator of Dr. Graham’s in the 1980′s, Byers has made significant contributions to the study of diet in cancer epidemiology. His current research includes epidemiologic and clinical studies of nutrients as protective factors in colon, breast, and lung cancer, studies of cancer treatment decision-making by patients and physicians, studies of cancer genetics, and studies and programs to promote the early detection of lung and colorectal cancer.  Tim Byers is a professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Colorado Denver; associate director, Cancer Prevention and Control, University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center; associate dean for Public Health Practice; and director, Center for Public Health Practice, Colorado School of Public Health. For those who are not able to attend, the lecture will be live streamed starting at 11:30 a.m. at http://bit.ly/1OdnuuC

Additional activities taking place during National Public Health Week include:

April 6 – 10 – Community Health Promotion
Location:  34 Benwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY

April 7 – Public Health Leadership Workshop
A workshop on public health leadership skills led by Timothy Maynes, PhD, UB School of Management
Time:  12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location:  182 Farber (UB South Campus)

April 8 – UB Global Health Club
“Non-Communicable Diseases in Global Health.”
Time:  8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
Location:  180 Farber (UB South Campus)

April 9 – Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Event
Organized by the Epidemiology and Environmental Health Graduate Student Association (GSA)
Time:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location:  Specific location to be emailed to volunteers

April 9 – Community Health and Health Behavior Brown Bag Seminar
“Person-Centered Care:  From Practice to Theory to Practice” by guest speaker Davina Porock, PhD, RN,
Time:  12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location:  111 Kimball Tower

April 9 – 2 Annual Refugee Health Summit
Building pathways toward culturally-engaged health care for refugees in Western New York
Time:  12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location:  Educational Opportunity Center, 555 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY

April 10 – 5 Annual Global Health Day
Time:  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location:  Lippschultz Room (Biomedical Education Building, South Campus)

April 10 – “Fire in the Blood” Documentary Screening
Special guest speaker, Unni Karunakara, PhD, MPH, ex international president of Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders
Time:  1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:  134 Farber (UB South Campus)

April 10 – Department of Rehabilitation Science Seminar Series: Caregiving and Stroke Seminar
Special guest speaker, Jill Cameron, PhD
Time:  2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location:  111 Kimball Tower

The series of events will conclude on Friday, April 10 with an Interprofessional Education event screening and panel discussion of the film “Alive Inside.” Director and writer Michael Rossato-Bennett takes viewers into a heartwarming experience through music and memory.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner documentary is described as, “Founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.”  The film will be shown at the North Park Theatre on 1428 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo on Friday, April 10 at 9 a.m. with a panel discussion to follow.

For more details about SPHHP’s National Public Health Week events, please visit sphhp.buffalo.edu/nphw .

The UB School of Public Health and Health Professions offers undergraduate and graduate degree level programs, and is home to five departments; Biostatistics, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Community Health and Health Behavior, Rehabilitation Science and Epidemiology and Environmental Health. It is one of only a few schools across the country that includes health-related professions as an integral component of the public health educational and research system, and is the only accredited public health program in Western New York. SPHHP is located on the South Campus of University at Buffalo in Kimball Tower.  For more information about the school, visit www.sphhp.buffalo.edu .