Celebrating National Public Health Week 2017
April 3 - 9, 2017
Join GVSU Public Health as we celebrate National Public Health Week! NPHW is an initiative of the American Public Health Association and is part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. The GVSU community is invited to participate in NPHW in a number of ways, including several on-campus events, to celebrate, learn about, and advocate for public health. Use the information below to get involved in NPHW 2017!
Get Involved in NPHW!
Move with APHA's 1 Billion Steps Challenge
NPHW 2017 Daily Events
Below is a list of highlighted NPHW events happening here and nationwide.
Events held on a GVSU campus are in bold.
Many thanks to our GVSU NPHW Event planning committee:
Dr. Ranelle Brew, Rajvir Kaur, Samantha Radecki, Hannah Napolillo, Ashley Fife, and Liliana Morrison!
- Menstrual Hygiene Product Donation Drive - donations accepted at the GVSU Department of Public Health and at drop off locations around the GVSU campus, until April 10. The Public Health Society is collecting donations of menstrual hygiene products from now until the end of NPHW. Boxes are set up in several campus locations, including the PH Office, for the donation of tampons, pads, menstrual cups and other menstrual care products. Donated items will be given to the Grand Rapids Red Project and will be distributed to disadvantaged women seeking health and hygiene services in the Grand Rapids area. For more information, contact Samantha Radecki. Print the flyer and spread the word!
Monday, April 3
- MPH on WGVU - 9:45am. Samantha Radecki and Brian Hartl will be on The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin, answering the question, "What is public health?" Listen to a recording of the broadcast here.
- NPHW Forum: "Working Across Sectors to Create the Healthiest Nation", moderated by APHA President Tom Quade. Get a link to the recording of the event here.
- Yoga at GVSU - 5:00 - 6:00pm, KC 2263 (Allendale campus). The Public Health Society invites people of all skill levels to join them for a yoga class--there is no cost to participate, but donations of menstrual hygiene products are encouraged. These items will be distributed to women in need through the GR Red Project.
Tuesday, April 4
- See a listing of events happening around the country.
- Webinar: "Advancing Physical Activity through Innovative Approaches" - 1:00-2:00pm EDT. This webinar will discuss innovative, collaborative approaches to promoting physical activity and preventing chronic diseases. Register here.
Wednesday, April 5
- GVSU NPHW Podcast Release - "Careers in Public Health" with MPH student Aaron Murdoch and Bryan Buckley, of the MHA Keystone Center. Listen here.
- National Public Health Week Twitter Chat - #NPHWchat. 2:00-3:00pm. RSVP online. You can also follow NPHW on Twitter.
- PIPES Meeting: Mental Wellness/Be Nice Initiative. 5:00-6:00pm, CHS 119. The PHS is collaborating with MIPERC for April's PIPES (Promoting Interprofessional Education for Students) meeting. Kandice Sloop, LLMSW, from the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan will conduct an interactive session to introduce you to the signs and symptoms of mental illness and the be nice. initiative. The event is free and open to any area undergrad or graduate students, but registration is required. More details here.
Thursday, April 6
- Yoga at GVSU - 1:00 - 2:00pm, CHS 440 (downtown campus). The Public Health Society invites people of all skill levels to join them for a yoga class--there is no cost to participate, but donations of menstrual hygiene products are encouraged. These items will be distributed to women in need through the GR Red Project.
- "A Day's Work" Film Screening & Panel Discussion - 1:30-3:30pm, Loosemore Auditorium (DEV 122E). GVSU Public Health, Occupational Safety and Health Program, and MIOSHA are sponsoring a screening of this award winning film. A discussion panel featuring the film's executive producer, David DeSario, as well as experts in the field of occupational safety, will follow. Learn more about the film here.
Join APHA's 1 Billion Steps Challenge - #1BillionSteps
Chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer are the leading cause of death in the U.S., and conditions such as diabetes and obesity are major contributors to disability. Fortunately, we know that regular physical activity like walking can greatly reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve quality of life, mental health and healthy aging. So, let's get walking together--it's one of the easiest thing you can do to improve your health. Join APHA's 1 Billion Steps Challenge today! Together with friends, family, colleagues, and other public health proponents we can attempt to log 1 Billion steps by the end of NPHW 2017.