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Dornsife Celebrates National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week collage of students
Join us again this year as we celebrate National Public Health Week. 

Each year, National Public Health Week (NPHW), created by the American Public Health Association (APHA), celebrates public health’s successes and highlights new approaches to solving our most pressing challenges from organizations across the country. 

Now more than ever, the importance of public health is being demonstrated throughout the country and our world.

The Dornsife community came together to celebrate NPHW from Monday, April 5 - Friday, April 9, 2021.

The 2021 theme was "Building Bridges to Better Health" with these daily themes:

  • Monday, April 5: Rebuilding
  • Tuesday, April 6: Advancing Racial Equity
  • Wednesday, April 7: Strengthening Community
  • Thursday, April 8: Galvanizing Climate Justice
  • Friday, April 9: Constructing COVID-19 Resilience
  • Saturday, April 10: Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness
  • Sunday, April 11: Elevating the Essential and Health Workforce

A Recap of National Public Health Week 2021 at Dornsife

Throughout the seven days, students participated in a series of events hosted by Dornsife’s Office of Alumni and Student Affairs, the Peer Health Educators Graduate Student Organization, the Health Management and Policy (HMP) Club, and the Dornsife Student Government Organization (SGO)/Dornsife Undergraduate Student Government Organization (USGO), that explored a wide range of public health topics.

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April 6: Racial Equity in Food & Nutrition

This was a virtual conversation with Tambra Raye Stevenson, who serves as the visionary leader of WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture.

Through education, advocacy, and innovative approaches, WANDA is on a mission in creating a pipeline and digital platform for women and girls of color to lead in building healthy sustainable communities from farm to health.


April 6: Peer Health Educators General Body Meeting & Training

The Peer Health Educators (PHE) graduate student organization seeks to improve minority maternal and child health outcomes through pre-conception peer health education. The event included both a general body meeting and part 1 of the Level 1 Peer Health Educator training.


April 7: Strengthening Latino/x Communities

This was a virtual conversation with Adonis Banegas about strengthening Latino/x communities.

Banegas serves as the Executive Director of The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia (Concilio), the oldest Latino non-profit in Philadelphia.


April 7: Sketch and Chat on Health Equity

This was an informal discussion about health equity, followed by participants illustrating their ideas through sketchpad. Hosted by the Health Management and Policy Club at Dornsife.


April 7 - April 8: Population Health Symposium on Racism and Health

The Dornsife School of Public Health hosted the 2021 Population Health Symposium on Wed., April 7 and Thurs., April 8, 2021.

This year’s inaugural symposium brought together researchers, health practitioners, students, and the public at large to learn about the intersection of racism and health and discuss how we can collectively propose sustainable solutions towards health equity. The symposium included two keynote speakers and three sessions on research, interventions, and public engagement.


National Public Health Week 2021 at Dornsife

A Recap of National Public Health Week 2020 at Dornsife

Monday, April 6, 2020:

NPHW Webcast: The Global Impact of Pandemics

National Public Health Week kicked off with a webinar on pandemics.

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health, and experts from Dornsife discussed the global impact of pandemics like COVID-19, drew from research and practice, and reflected on the implications and challenges ahead, including future implications.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020: 

Webinar on Maternal and Child Health

The Delta Omega Chapters at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health and Rutger’s School of Public Health hosted a webinar about maternal and child health. 

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Thursday, April 9, 2020: 

Can We Expect a Vaccine Any Time Soon?

Experts discussed what we know, what we don’t know, the latest news, and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for all of us.

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