Magazine article The Nation's Health

Students, Faculty Promote Public Health at University of Alaska

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Students, Faculty Promote Public Health at University of Alaska

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National Public Health Week at the University of Alaska-Anchorage included an online video, mayoral proclamation, public health open house and wide variety of student-led activities, from a workplace session on office ergonomics to a talk to preschoolers on positive emotions.

The school's Department of Health Sciences in Anchorage, Alaska, worked to promote public health throughout the week's activities.

To kick off events, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan signed a proclamation formally recognizing National Public Health Week 2012 in the city. Also, a video featuring the university's College of Health's interim dean, Bill Hogan, MSW, described each day's events and was placed on the Department of Health Sciences website. The video also was posted on the Master of Public Health Program's Facebook site, with daily Facebook and Twitter messages sent throughout the week.

A public health open house was followed by a voluntary tobacco-free day. That day's events included a panel discussion on campus tobacco policies. Representatives from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Section of Epidemiology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Quarantine Station led a panel discussion on vac- cine-preventable diseases, zoonotic infections, travelers' health and prevention.

Faculty, staff and students were invited to a suicide awareness and prevention workshop. Other interactive events included a lunchtime MPH Program Community Input Forum, an Anchorage Health Literacy Collaborative meeting and the annual Arctic Health Science Seminar. …

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