2017 National Public Health Week

The Public Health Student Association is commemorating National Public Health Week, April 3-9, with a full schedule of events open to the entire GW community. There will be professional lectures, film screenings, research displays, a gala, career panel hosted by the Delta Omega Honor Society, events put on by the winners of PHSA's mini-grant competition and more. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this national movement and engage in public health during a formative political time. 

Be sure to follow @gwphsa and @gwpublichealth on social media throughout the week, using the hashtag #GWNPHW. PHSA will be featuring the winners of its mini-grant competition on Instagram, and you can tag your photos with "gwpublichealth" for a chance to be featured on the school's page. Can't make it to an event? Tune into the PHSA and school's Facebook pages for live streams. 

Schedule of Events

MONDAY, April 3

Southby Lecture in Comparative Health Policy
12 - 1:30 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., 7th floor 

Opening Keynote with Dr. Camara Jones
4:30 - 6 pm |  950 New Hampshire Ave., Auditorium
***Live Stream Available through our Facebook Page*** 

Dr. Camara Jones, immediate past president of the American Public Health Association, will speak about racism and health equality. Registration is free.


The Affordable Care Act: What Comes Next?
9 am - 12 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., Auditorium

Even though the ACA is still intact, this symposium will include discussions of possible health care market reforms and what might happen next in terms of future repeal and replace efforts. Panelists will also discuss the impact that such changes would have on key sectors from consumers to public health and health systems to the broader economy.  Join Milken Institute SPH health policy experts and noted Washington insiders for what promises to be an enlightening discussion of health reform and the other proposals that are likely to be debated in the months ahead.
This event is part of the Milken Institute SPH's Health Policy Expert Series.
***Live Stream Available here.***

Meditation in Washington Circle
10:30 am | Washington Circle

Mental Health Panel*
12 - 1 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., 2nd Floor Conference Room

Panelists will discuss policy, promotion and prevention from a national and global perspective to encourage a better understanding of the burden of mental illness and how to take action as public health students and professionals. Panelists include Dr. Eliot Sorel from the Department of Global Health and Sarah Harte, Assistant Director of Outreach and Prevention at the Colonial Health Center.

Free HIV and Hepatitis B & C Testing
6 - 8 pm | Marvin Center, Rm. 309

Come out to a FREE health screening. There will be blood tests for you to find out your hepatitis B & C, and HIV status—a $700 value! Join us and become better educated about how hepatitis and HIV affects immigrant communities. This event is sponsored by the GWU Multicultural Association of Premed Students, Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, DC, Mayor's Office of Asian American & Pacific Islander Affairs, GW Public Health Student Association and the GW Colonial Health Center.

What It Takes to Run for Office and How to Support Others That Run
6:30 - 7:30 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., Rm. B100B
Have you ever thought about running for public office? Come learn what it takes to run for office and why YOU should run! As a public health professional, you have unique insights into how to make communities stronger by addressing the social determinants of health. Liz Jaff, who runs business development and campaigns at Crowdpac, will talk about how you can be a great asset to the legislative process, at every level of government. Come get inspired to get into public life! 


Research Day Keynote Address & Reception
4:30 - 6:30 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., First Floor Convening Room
Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, board-certified family physician and director of DC's Department of Health, will discuss "Transforming Health and Wellbeing in the District of Columbia: Role of the Public and Private Sectors in Achieving Health Equity."  
***Live Stream Available here***

Film Screening of A Day's Work & Panel
6:30 - 8:30 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., B100B

The 54-minute film will be followed by a discussion on workplace safety, public policy and workers' rights, connecting the film to local issues and action. Post-screening discussion will include:

  • Dr. David Michaels, former assistant secretary of labor, U.S. Department of Labor, and GWU Professor
  • Dr. Melissa Perry, interim dean of research and environmental and occupational health professor, GWU
  • Dave DeSario, executive producer of A Day's Work, Founding Member of TemporaryEmployees.org


#ClimateChangesHealth Panel
10 - 11 am | 950 New Hampshire Ave., Auditorium

Join the Milken Institute School of Public Health and the American Public Health Association (APHA) for a panel discussing the intersection of climate change and public health. Public health directly impacts the health of our environment. We know climate change is a global issue that affects all of us in different capacities. These changes in climate, largely caused by human activities and behaviors, threaten our health and our livelihoods. We as individuals can either contribute to the problem, or serve as an integral part of the solution. Explore these issues with us as we celebrate National Public Health Week and the APHA’s Year of Climate Change and Health initiative.
***Live Stream Available here***

Film Screening of Dying in Vein & Panel
6:30 - 9:30 pm 950 New Hampshire Ave., Auditorium


Closing Keynote & Brandt Memorial Lecturer
10:30 am - 1 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue
***Live stream available on our Facebook page.***

Period Portraits*
10:30 am - 1 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave.

Around the world women and girls are connected by a common thread: their menstruation cycle. However, basic access, misinformation and stigma still persist. Join us as we go on a journey of self-discovery and exploration through intimate self-portraits and interviews. Participants will share stories of their own experiences of body image and menstruation cycles and sit for a photographed portrait to capture this empowering experience. In addition, participants will create inspiring words of affirmation and learn about organizations supporting women’s health issues worldwide.

Portrait space is limited. Please arrive early to participate. Digital images of the portraits will be sent to participants after the event. 

Anti-Racism within Public Health*
5:30 - 7:30 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., B100

Join students and young professionals in a discussion about race, racism and anti-racism at school and work. During this session, participants will explore three major topics: 1) roots of public health in slavery and segregation, 2) use of data and language to perpetuate divisions among communities, and 3) framework for anti-racism advocacy within professional spaces. Participants will be able to hear from a panel of young professionals who do anti-racism work within public health. 


Spring Gala
7:30 - 11 pm | Newseum

There will be dancing, drinks, appetizers and more! Early bird tickets are $25, so remember to buy your tickets in advance to save. This event is for public health students and their invited guests.

*PHSA mini-grant event