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Dornsife Celebrates National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week 2024 at Dornsife

National Public Health Week 2024

Drexel Dornsife events during 2024 National Public Health Week
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Each year, National Public Health Week (NPHW), created by the American Public Health Association (APHA), celebrates public health’s successes, highlights new approaches to solving our most pressing challenges, and involves organizations across the country.

The 2024 NPHW theme was "Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: We Are All Public Health."

To see how the Dornsife School of Public Health celebrated National Public Health Week during the week of April 1, 2024, read a roundup of our events.

APHA selected the following daily themes for NPHW 2024:

  • Civic Engagement (Monday)
  • Healthy Neighborhoods (Tuesday)
  • Climate Change (Wednesday)
  • New Tools and Innovations (Thursday)
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health (Friday)
  • Emergency Preparedness (Saturday)
  • Future of Public Health (Sunday)

We'll see you in 2025 for the next NPHW from April 7-13, 2025.

A Recap of National Public Health Week 2023

National Public Health Week took place during the week of April 3, 2023. The 2023 theme was "Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health."

Dornsife's student organizations hosted a line-up of activities, including a screening of the film Aftershock, which touches on the issues of Black maternal health and maternal mortality in the United States. 

Read a complete recap of the week

A Recap of National Public Health Week 2022

The 2022 theme was “Public Health Is Where You Are” and focused on making our communities stronger, healthier, and safer.

Throughout week, Dornsife events planned in celebration of NPHW included:

  • Student-led organizations including the Community Health and Prevention (CHP) Club, Public Health Doctoral Student Advisory Group (PHSAG), and Student Government Organization (SGO) at Dornsife sold DSPH merch to raise funds for the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia.
  • Students brought coffee or tea and connected with Rachael Oyewole, Zohaib Ishaq, MPH, MLS(ASCP), and Domenic D’Alessandro, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, CDCES from the U.S. FDA HHS.
  • The Drexel Maternal and Child Health Student Organization & Peer Health Educators presented a screening of the film "Trapped," which follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.
  • Students stopped Nesbitt conference room 140 to destress with the Undergraduate Student Government Organization (USGO).
  • The Health Management & Policy Club presented an informative talk on opioid prevention and free Narcan training.
  • SGO/PHDSAG/CHP Clubs presented National Public Health Week Game Night. Students took a wellness break with food, games, and friends.

Read a complete recap of the week

A Recap of National Public Health Week 2021

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."

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 including:

  • Racial Equity in Food & Nutrition: A virtual conversation with Tambra Raye Stevenson, who serves as the visionary leader of WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture.
  • Peer Health Educator Training: The Peer Health Educators (PHE) graduate student organization, which seeks to improve minority maternal and child health outcomes through pre-conception peer health education, sponsored Level 1 Peer Health Educator training.
  • Strengthening Latino/x Communities: 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.
  • Sketch and Chat on Health Equity: An informal discussion about health equity, followed by participants illustrating their ideas through sketchpad. Hosted by the Health Management and Policy Club at Dornsife.
  • Population Health Symposium on Racism and Health: Dornsife hosted an inaugural 2021 Population Health Symposium, which 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.

Read a complete recap of the week

A Recap of National Public Health Week 2020

National Public Health Week kicked off with a webinar on "The Global Impact of 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.

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. 

Finally, a panel of 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 in the webinar, "Can We Expect a Vaccine Any Time Soon?"