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SPHHP has slate of events to celebrate National Public Health Week


Published March 31, 2017


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UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) will recognize National Public Health Week (NPHW) April 3-9 with a series of events that highlight and celebrate public health efforts important to improving the nation. Additional activities will also take place throughout the entire month of April to further expand the celebrations.

The 2017 Step Challenge is the featured event for the NPHW celebrations. Free and open to the public, registrants may sign up individually or as a team and will be asked to log their step count once a week throughout the month of April. All participants will work toward reaching the collective goal of taking 200 million steps as part of this year’s challenge.

Other event highlights include:

Public Health Seminars

Gail Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP, commissioner of the Erie County Department of Health, will speak during the first of four public health seminars scheduled in April.  The seminars are hosted by the Master of Public Health (MPH) program and take place each Monday in April from 12-12:50 p.m. on UB’s South Campus. For a full listing and locations of the seminars, visit SPHHP’s National Public Health Week website:

Wellness Wednesdays

Three Wellness Wednesday events will take place throughout the month of April to give the campus community an opportunity to get up and get active:

  • April 12: Spin the evening away at Revolution Buffalo for a one hour spin session, followed by a mix-and-mingle right at the studio. Registration:
  • April 19: Come and connect mind, body and spirit with an all levels yoga class inside the famous Asbury Hall. The one-hour class will be taught by Love in Motion Yoga instructors Kathleen Engelhardt and Kate Rogers. Following the class, mix and mingle with the company of fellow alumni and enjoy healthy snacks from Harbor Center’s newest addition, The Healthy Scratch, as well as a cash bar. Bring your own mat or towel. Registration:
  • April 26: A gardening seminar will be taught by Katherine Pfohl, Massachusetts Avenue Project farm manager. After the instructional session, participants will be able to get their hands dirty to plant some plants of their own. Registration:

Fourth Annual WNY Refugee Health Summit
Sponsored by the Office of Global Health Initiatives, the summit brings together practitioners, researchers, policy makers, resettlement and refugee communities to examine barriers, and explore solutions to culturally engaged health care provision for refugees. The summit will be take place on Friday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UB's Educational Opportunity Center in downtown Buffalo.

Seventh Annual Glenn E. Gresham Visiting Professor Lecture
Sponsored by the Department of Rehabilitation Science, this year’s lecture will be given by Karen Jacobs, clinical professor of occupational therapy and program director of the online post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) program at Boston University. Her lecture is titled “Cognitive Support Technology Approaches for Post-secondary Students with a Traumatic Brain Injury.” The lecture will take place on Friday, April 28, in 146 Diefendorf Hall on UB’s South Campus. 

Kimball Tower Climb
Join us in the lobby of Kimball Tower every Thursday in April at 9 a.m. to participate in the Kimball Tower Climb. Participants will walk up and down Kimball Tower’s staircases in a fun and informative environment hosted by the SPHHP Dietetic Internship program.

Movie Screening
“Cowspiracy: How Our Diet Affects the Environment,” will take place on Monday, April 3, from 5-8 p.m. in 150 Farber Hall on UB’s South Campus. A panel discussion will immediately ensue the film screening.  This event is hosted by the Community Health and Health Behavior Graduate Student Association.

For a complete listing and further details on all events happenign as part of SPHHP's month-long celebration, visit