Public health - a good return on investment

by Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations | March 29, 2013

Image with caption: Shawn Gibbs, Ph.D., will discuss the zombie apocalypse as part of UNMC's observance of National Public Health Week.

Shawn Gibbs, Ph.D., will discuss the zombie apocalypse as part of UNMC's observance of National Public Health Week.

There are few investments that reap results as far-reaching and life-changing as an investment in public health.

"Return on Investment: Save Lives, Save Money" is the theme for National Public Health Week, April 1 to 7. This is the third year the UNMC College of Public Health Student Association will coordinate campus and community events designed to raise awareness about issues that can improve our health and celebrate public health in different contexts.

Jones to speak on health equity

On Friday, April 12, Minority Health Month will sponsor grand rounds featuring Camara Jones, M.D., Ph.D., research director on social determinants of health and equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her lecture, "Achieving Health Equity: Addressing the Impacts of Racism on Health," will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Maurer Center for Public Health, Room 3013. Lunch provided to first 80 participants.

The schedule:

Monday:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Maurer Center for Public Health, Room 3013 This is Public Health Scavenger Hunt: Teams, limited to four people, may include faculty, staff and or students from UNMC.

  • 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., Maurer Center, Room 3013 Opening ceremonies: Ayman El-Mohandes, M.B.B.Ch., M.D., M.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health, and Claudine McCarthy, student association president, will kick off the week with an overview of events. Lunch for first 50 participants.

Tuesday:

  • 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., Sorrell Center Student Atrium. Breakfast Breakdown: Meet the College of Public Health. The student association will serve fresh fruit and coffee to publicize public health week and upcoming events at the college.

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Maurer Center, Room 3013. Grand Rounds: Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program - Goals and Statistics: Jim Beavers, Kathy Northrop and MeLissa Butler of the Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Lunch for first 50 participants. To live stream, register here.

Wednesday:

  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Maurer Center, Room 3013. "Zombie Apocalypse or Other Events Slightly More Likely." Shawn Gibbs, Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs, College of Public Health, will address issues that have captured the imagination of millions. Lunch for first 50 participants. To live stream, register here.

Thursday:

  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Maurer Center, Room 3001. "Taken for a Ride," a documentary about the Great American Streetcar Scandal. Jim Stimpson, Ph.D., associate professor of health services research and administration, will introduce the documentary. A panel discussion will follow. Co-sponsored by ModeShift Omaha.

Friday:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maurer Center, Room 3013. PHamily PHeud: Public health-themed Family Feud. Each of the four teams must have at least one COPH student and have members from at least two colleges on campus. RSVP your teams to claudine.martin@unmc.edu. Lunch for first 50 participants.

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