2018 National Public Health Week at UTHealth School of Public Health

HOUSTON – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health joins the American Public Health Association (APHA) in celebrating National Public Health Week 2018 (NPHW), April 2-8. This year’s celebration focuses on “the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.”

UTHealth School of Public Health has planned a variety of events for NPHW If you are located on the school’s Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso or San Antonio campus, please contact your ITV technician or administrator if you would like to receive the events via ITV transmission.

Apr. 6 UPDATE: See photos from the week's events here.

2018 National Public Health Week events include:

Umair Shah-sm2Harris County Public Health town hall meeting, April 2 
‘Hi-Tech, Hi-Touch: Building Healthy Communities Today and Tomorrow’
with Umair A. Shah, M.D., M.P.H.

Umair A. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., (pictured) executive director of Harris County Public Health (HCPH), will moderate a panel titled, "Hi-Tech, Hi-Touch: Building Healthy Communities Today and Tomorrow" at a town hall meeting on important public health issues affecting the global community. Panelists include regional directors and leadership from various HCPH departments. The town hall meeting will take place on April 2 from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT in the Reuel A. Stallones building auditorium, 1200 Pressler Street, Houston, Texas 77030 with ITV to other School of Public Health campuses.

Mary Ann Smith-square-cropEmery, Susan 4L3C6039-square-cropDeans Chat, April 3

Join us for the Dean’s Chat on Tuesday, April 3 from 9-10 a.m. CDT in RAS 102A in Houston with ITV available to all campuses by request. Susan Tortolero Emery, Ph.D. (pictured, left), senior associate dean for academic and research affairs and professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, and Mary Ann Smith, Ph.D., (pictured, right) assistant dean for students and assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, will chat with the School of Public Health community. Angela Frazier, School of Public Health Student Association president, will moderate the chat.

coffee-1918552_1280Coffee with faculty, April 3

Join us for coffee with faculty on Tuesday, April 3 from 10-11 a.m. CDT in the RAS building first floor lobby at the Houston campus. Stop by for coffee and conversation and meet with faculty representatives from each department to learn about courses, research, and opportunities.

“What I wish I knew before my practicum” student panel, April 3

2015-Janelle Rios-outside-crop-squareJanelle Rios, Ph.D., (pictured) director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Career Services, will host a workshop titled, “What I wish I knew before my practicum,” on Tuesday, April 3 from 1-2 p.m. CDT in RAS 102B at the Houston campus with ITV available to all campuses by request. The workshop will feature a student panel with panelists providing advice and tips on navigating the practicum process. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Health Practice and Career Services at Practicum@uth.tmc.edu.

Competency and learning objectives workshop, April 3

Janelle Rios, Ph.D., will host a workshop titled, “Competency and learning objectives,” on Tuesday, April 3 from 2-3 p.m. CDT in RAS 102B at the Houston campus with ITV available to all campuses by request. The workshop will assist students in connecting their learning objectives to public health competencies. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Health Practice and Career Services at Practicum@uth.tmc.edu.

Career development workshops, April 4 

Sarah Dauchez-squareCarol Galeener 2012-squareSarah Dauchez, (pictured, right) assistant director of career and alumni services, will host a variety of career development workshops on Wednesday, April 4 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. CDT in RAS 102A and 102B at the Houston campus with ITV available to all campuses by request. The workshops will include topics such as knowing yourself and exploring employment opportunities, preparing your career tools, networking and managing your online presence, and interview and job offer negotiations. Carol Galeener, Ph.D., (pictured, left) assistant professor in the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health, will co-present with Dauchez on the interview and job offer negotiations workshop. 

Immediately following the workshops, a complimentary headshot photograph session will be available to attendees that add that they attend or attended “The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health” to the education section on their LinkedIn profile.

research dayResearch Day 2018, April 5

Research Day provides UTHealth School of Public Health students with an opportunity to highlight ongoing projects in their respective degree programs. During the event, students will receive valuable feedback from a judging panel. A cash prize will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 9- 11:30 a.m. CDT in the RAS building first floor lobby at the Houston campus. Research Day winners will be announced at the 26th Annual James H. Steele Lecture series that immediately follows the poster presentation from 12- 1 p.m. CDT in the RAS building auditorium. For more information, please email the Student Association at sphresearchday@uth.tmc.edu.

26th Annual Steele Lecture, April 5
‘Conducting research that transforms healthcare policy

carlos del rioCarlos del Rio, M.D., F.I.D.S.A., will present the 26th Annual James H. Steele Lecture, titled “Conducting research that transforms healthcare policy,” on April 5 at noon CDT in the RAS building auditorium in Houston with ITV available to all campuses by request. del Rio is the interim executive associate dean for Grady Clinical Affairs at Emory University School of Medicine, Hubert Professor and chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, and principal investigator and co-director at the Emory Center for AIDS Research. For more information, please email Consuelo Kleemann at SteeleLecture@uth.tmc.edu. 

In April 1992, the James H. Steele Lecture was established at UTHealth School of Public Health by Herbert L. DuPont, M.D., director of the Center for Infectious Diseases, and R. Palmer Beasley, M.D., then dean of UTHealth School of Public Health. The lecture was created in recognition of a lifetime of work carried out by James H. Steele, D.V.M., M.P.H., “the father of veterinary public health,” in his bi-pronged efforts to establish the field of veterinary public health and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases from food-producing animals to humans through epidemiologic study and disease control measures.

James Steele photo with captionWith emerging infectious disease and bioterrorism threats becoming widespread throughout the world and the knowledge that a majority of these diseases have an animal origin, Steele’s work on zoonoses became even more important. His contributions were varied and dealt with public health control measures during his years with the U.S. Public Health Service and with training of countless veterinarians, physicians and public health students in infectious diseases, epidemiology and zoonoses.

Steele joined the faculty of the School of Public Health in 1971. He retired in 1983 and was appointed professor emeritus. He died on November 10, 2013 at the age of 100. The first Steele Lecture was held in April 1993 to coincide with Steele’s 80th birthday. Past Steele lecturers represent a “Who’s Who” of public health leaders, including a Nobel Prize Winner and past and current directors of major federal and international programs.

Admitted Students Day, April 6 

admitted students dayAdmitted Students Day on April 6 is an opportunity for newly admitted students to visit campus and create a customized experience to help them discover UTHealth School of Public Health. Members of the UTHealth School of Public Health community will be present to welcome new students to the school and to address questions or concerns they may have related to their upcoming enrollment. Students will also have the chance to learn more about the school and tour the Houston campus.

At the conclusion of the day’s activities, there will be a wine and cheese social from 5-6 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the RAS building. Faculty and staff are invited to join and give potential students an additional opportunity to learn more about the UTHealth School of Public Health community and its programs.