Celebrating National Public Health Week, April 5 to 11, 2021

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW).

The School of Public Health and Health Professions celebrates NPHW this April 5 to 11 with a schedule of virtual activities. Join us for any of the week’s happenings to learn about public health issues and about how to keep yourself and others healthy.  

The American Public Health Association features a different area of public-health focus each day of National Public Health Week:

April 1-30

SPHHP Step Challenge Kickoff

Go from blah to hurrah! Join the sixth annual School of Public Health and Health Professions Step Challenge, April 1 to 30. Anyone in the greater UB community can take part in this month-long mood booster. Lace-up your shoes, take a deep breath, and step.

April 1-2

The 3rd Annual Mobile Market Summit


Join the third annual Mobile Market Summit! This two-day event features sessions addressing the current needs of mobile market operators, information for funders and those seeking funding, current mobile market research, and information on the larger food policy environment that informs the work of those running mobile markets.

Monday, April 5

UB Alumni Webinar

Small Steps You Can Take for Big Health Benefits

Kick off National Public Health Week right with this special Monday edition featuring Heather Kearns, Program Director for the UB undergraduate Exercise Science program and Danielle Meyer, Clinical Director of the UB Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Internship Program, to learn small steps that will have a big impact on your health.


Wednesday, April 7

Public Health Careers Panel

Join a public health careers panel for those interested in learning about how to start or advance their public health career goals. UB public health alumni and employers will participate in a panel discussion and host a Q & A after. In addition, data on type of public health careers will be presented.

Moderator: Kim Krytus, assistant dean and director of graduate public health programs, SPHHP

  • Ki Chung, MPH '20, associate biostatistician, ERT Clinical Solutions
  • Brendan Heavey, MPH '11, actuarial analysis, Independent Health
  • Christine Kemp, MPH '12, director of population health, Evergreen Health
  • Beth Machnica, MS nutrition '17, MPH '17, director of community wellbeing, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
  • Danielle C. Vazquez, MPH '19, Rush University Medical Center

UB Alumni Webinar

Rising to the Challenge: Innovative ways to teach, train and engage the next generation of students

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many challenges for methods of teaching in higher education. Faculty in the School of Public Health and Health Professions’ Department of Community Health and Health Behavior are rising to these challenges. Pre-pandemic, the department offered online, distant learning opportunities for students beyond the Western New York region. The existing online individualized MPH program, coupled with the pandemic and the need for grander virtual learning opportunities, has faculty teaching, training and engaging with the future of public health professionals in innovative ways. Join a discussion of how to deliver a world-class, experiential learning journey to today's students.


Thursday, April 8

Webinar: The Equal Justice Initiative: Incarceration in America is a Public Health Issue

Founded in 1989, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment; they are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. Join us for a lecture and discussion with EJI Staff Attorney, Alison Mollman, as she discusses incarceration as a public health challenge in the United States. (Offered in conjunction with PUB450 Incarceration and Public Health.)


Ashley Adams, EJI Staff Attorney, earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 2008 and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2011. Prior to joining EJI in 2017, she was Assistant Public Defender and District Court Supervisor for the Tuscaloosa County Office of Public Defender, represented indigent clients as a trial attorney with Jefferson County Public Defender’s Community Law Office in Birmingham, Alabama, and conducted civil litigation as an associate attorney at Gaines Gault Hendrix, P.C., in Birmingham.

School of Public Health and Health Professions Alumni Panel

This panel provides an opportunity for current SPHHP students to hear from alumni about their career journey including their experiences and challenges as a student and public health leader of color.

Faculty Moderator

Student Moderators

Ebehitale Imobhio and Rose Thomas


  • Marcelo W.B. Araujo, PhD epidemiology '03, chief science officer, American Dental Association
  • Autum A Carter, MPH '08, health and housing advocate, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc.
  • Christine Murekeyisoni, MPH '20, project manager, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Naloxone (Narcan) Training

Erie County Department of Health will hold a no-cost virtual training in the use of naloxone (Narcan), opioid overdose recognition and use of naloxone for reversal.

Participants will leave the training able to:

  • recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose
  • properly administer naloxone
  • know the necessary follow-up steps

Dependent upon naloxone availability, participants who successfully complete the training will receive a kit containing two doses of naloxone at no charge. Participants must be 16 years or older.

Friday, April 9

10th Annual Global Health Symposium

Raising a Healthy Generation

Join a symposium on global health organized by the School of Public Health and Health Professions Office of Global Health Initiatives. Presenters include keynoter Martine Vrijheid​, research professor, Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Spain, on “The Early Life Exposome—from Concept to Implementation.” The symposium features a variety of speakers addressing how different exposures in early life could affect child health and development. The issues range from the introduction of the new concept of the “exposome” and the COVID-19 pandemic, to environmental exposure, climate change, lifestyle and social determinants of health — and how all of these concerns might affect birth outcomes, newborns, child development and adolescents.

Saturday, April 10

SPHHP Instagram Take-over: Krista Muscarella, UB alumna

Sunday, April 11

SPHHP Instagram Take-over: Megan Breen, master of public health student

Stay Safe and Healthy

Stretching your neck

Proper glove removal

Epidemiology: epi curves

Flattening the curve