National Public Health Week

April 7-13, 2014


Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week (NPHW), communities across the United States have observed NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.

This year, NPHW will focus on guiding communities through the evolving public health system with the theme "Public Health: Start Here." Learn more about this year’s daily themes here.

NPHW is organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Search #NPHW on Twitter for all NPHW events and information. Follow the College of Public Health on Facebook and Twitter for updates on campus NPHW activities. Join us in promoting public health this week by using #NPHW and #NPHWOSU on Twitter and Instagram! We'll be adding photos to Flickr daily. Below is a list of NPHW activities at Ohio State for 2014. 


Monday, April 7

Be Healthy from the Start: Exercise and Nutrition are Essential! 

Members of Centering Community Health Council will have two cycling machines in the Cunz Hall lobby for students, staff and faculty to ride. They will be handing out NPHW materials and recruiting students to sign up for a community service opportunity called "Centering Family Health." 3-5 p.m., Cunz Hall, 1st floor lobby

Tuesday, April 8

Thompson Public Health Award

The College of Public Health presents its first Thompson Public Health Award to CVS Caremark Corporation for its national public health efforts. The company recently announced a decision to pull tobacco from its 7,600 stores by October 1, 2014, costing an estimated $2 billion in lost revenue. CVS has set a powerful example in promoting good health. The Thompson Public Health Award is presented in honor of Ohio State President William Oxley Thompson for his decision in 1900 to ban tobacco use in University buildings on the OSU campus. This award is given annually to an individual or organization in recognition of their contributions to advance the nation’s health.  

Movie Screening: The Raising of America

The College of Public Health hosts a sneak preview screening of PBS’s The Raising of America, scheduled for release in Fall of 2014. Amy Acton, assistant professor of health services management and policy in the College of Public Health, actually won the contest to name the movie. Created by the producers of Unnatural Causes, this film explores how a strong start for the children of America leads not only to better individual life course outcomes, but also to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America. A panel of experts on child health will lead a discussion following the one-hour screening. RSVP requiredClick here for poster. 6-8 p.m., Gateway Film Center

Wednesday, April 9

*NEW* Public Health through the Lens of an iPad

Learn how foundations are embracing new technology to increase health literacy and change behaviors. Dr. Robert Gillio, executive director and co-founder of the Force for Health Foundation, provides a short seminar and demonstrations of the interactive Force for Health posters and health literacy videos. Cunz Hall Room 255, 9-10 a.m., informal discussion 10-11 a.m.  

*NEW* Child Legacy International Presentation

Umoyo Pa Tsogolo (Health for the future) is a community-based health research program established in 2012 by Alison Norris, assistant professor of epidemiology and medicine at Ohio State. Umoyo Pa Tsogolo is based at Child Legacy International, a health facility in rural, central Malawi that uses only renewable energy and serves a catchment area of 20,000 people.Representatives from Child Legacy International are visiting Ohio State to explore collaboration opportunities, and will be presenting on their workCunz Hall Room 160, Noon-1 p.m.

APHA National Public Health Week Twitter Chat

Interested in getting in on the NPHW conversation? Join the #NPHWchat from 2-3 p.m. EST for APHA’s fourth annual NPHW Twitter Chat! This is an opportunity to engage with other public health advocates and discuss important issues related to public health system transformation. Follow @NPHW to learn more about the 2014 Twitter Chat and other NPHW events!

Get out Ahead: Resume and Mock Interview Workshop

The Public Health Mentorship Program through the Multicultural Public Health Student Association will hold a resume and interview workshop for mentees of the program. Cunz Hall Room 180, 6:30-8 p.m. 

Thursday, April 10

Farm to Table: A closer look at where our food comes from

This luncheon will feature educational food stations from local vendors, as well as an info session on the Farm to Table study program with veterinary public health professor Armando Hoet, and past participants. RSVP requiredClick here for flyerNoon-1:30 p.m., Barrister Club. 

Association of Future Healthcare Executives Leadership Development Symposium

AFHE hosts their annual leadership symposium featuring keynote speaker Gregory Pauly, chief operating officer of Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, and senior vice president of Massachusetts General Hospital. Registration form due by April 1. Crowne-Plaza-Columbus Downtown, Social hour at 5 p.m., dinner and keynote address at 6 p.m.

Friday, April 11 

*CANCELLED* NPHW Art Show: Healthiest Nation in One Generation

The NPHW Art Show featuring art submissions from across campus expressing the daily theme, “Healthiest Nation in One Generation.” Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, People’s Choice, and Embracing Diversity, and winning art will be displayed in Cunz Hall. Click here for submission form! 2-4 p.m., Cunz Hall

Campus Walk

Buckeyes 4 Public Health and Student Ambassadors for Public Health will lead an organized walk around campus, starting and ending at Cunz Hall. The walk should last 30-40 minutes. Noon, Cunz Hall, meet in 1st floor lobby

*FULL* Biometric Health Screenings in Cunz Hall (faculty and staff only)

Be sure to get your annual biometric health screening! Screenings will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 353 Cunz Hall. Register today! 1) Go to, and scroll to bottom of page. 2) On the left hand side of the footer under “YP4H Resources,"  click “Biometric Health Screening.” 3) After logging in, search for available screenings on 4/11/2014 under Cunz Hall.  

You will receive an e-mail reminder one week before and 2 days before your appointment. Remember, you can use these values to complete your Personal Health Assessment! Completing your PHA will allow you to receive your health care premium credit reduction as well as make you eligible for cash-back incentives when you participate in Your Plan 4 Health activities.



Questions? Contact Bri Loesch, College of Public Health communications coordinator. 


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