Celebrating National Public Health Week and Occupational Therapy Month

UB Step Challenge April 1 to 30

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National Public Health Week, April 3 to 9

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

This year’s theme, Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health, celebrates how our cultures have always shaped our health. We’re looking at the intersections of our lives that affect our health and well-being. And we’re encouraging everyone—public health professionals, students, elected leaders and the public—to step in and do what they can to make our world a more equitable, safe, healthy and just place. For more about this national movement check out nphw.org.

Daily Themes

Occupational Therapy Month

The American Occupational Therapy Association celebrates OT Month in April and the more than 213,000 occupational therapists, OT assistants and students who help create fuller lives for clients and their families.
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Wednesday, March 29 (Preview events!)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Informational Event
By joining a CSA, consumers can buy local, seasonally fresh produce directly from a farmer and support the entire community, including the farmer. Come and learn how you can become a member, whether you're a student, faculty member or staff.

6 p.m. | Student Union | UB North Campus

🎥 Free Film Screening: "Aftershock"
Following the preventable deaths of loved ones due to childbirth complications, two families galvanize activists, birth-workers and physicians to reckon with one of the most pressing American crises of our time–the U.S. maternal health crisis. 2022 Sundance Film Festival documentary winner.


6:45 p.m. | Dipson Amherst Theater, 3500 Main St., Buffalo

Friday, March 31 (Preview events!)

The 16th Annual Saxon Graham Lecture:  "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Tobacco Product Regulation: Promise and Peril in an Increasingly Complex Landscape"
Presented by Brian King, PhD ‘10, MPH ‘06. Director, U.S Food and Drug Administration, Center for Tobacco Products. Box lunch provided.

Registration required

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Hayes Hall 403 | UB South Campus

20th Anniversary Celebration for SPHHP's MPH Program

1:30 p.m. | Hayes Hall 403 | UB South Campus

Monday, April 3

APHA Forum: Centering & Celebrating Cultures in Health
A conversation about the intersections of public health and how public health can collaborate with and learn from community leaders to build trust and a strong foundation for health equity. The forum includes a keynote address, panel discussion and audience Q&A. 

Register to recieve access to this kickoff event

2 to 3:30 p.m. | Via Youtube

🐕 Pet Therapy
Pet-facilitated therapy is a guided interaction between a person and trained animal with the purpose of improving physical and mental health. All students, faculty and staff are invited to beat the stress of the semester as we partner with the dogs and handlers from the Paws of Love program through the Erie County SPCA!

3 to 5 p.m. | Biomedical Education Building atrium | UB South Campus

Hands-only CPR Demonstrations (non-certificate event)

Our hands can do so many things, the most important of which may be saving someone’s life. When seconds matter most, CPR can be the difference in whether a friend or loved one survives. But not everyone knows how to perform CPR. That’s why the American Heart Association is challenging every household or family to have at least one person who knows Hands-only CPR. Demonstrations will run every 30 minutes.


4 to 5 p.m. | Farber Hall G26 | UB South Campus

Community Health Virtual Trivia Night
Willing to put your community health knowledge to the test? Join us for Community Health Virtual Trivia Night to show off your community health knowledge, and get a chance to win some cool prizes!


5 to 6:30 p.m. | Via Zoom

Tuesday, April 4

Graduate Public Health Programs Webinar
Envision your future in public health through UB’s MPH program! Attend this webinar to learn more about our graduate public health programs and meet current students.


11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Via Zoom

APHA Student Day Speed Networking  
Are you a student or early career professional looking for advice on graduate school, opportunities for professional development or a way to network? Join us for a 20-minute speed mentoring session on a topic of your choosing!


1 to 4 p.m. 

APHA Student Day: Early-Career Professionals Panel 
How'd you get that job? For public health students and early-career professionals to learn from a panel of early-career professionals as they discuss their start in the public health field. Q&A to follow! This is a free event but space is limited. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend live.

Save a spot

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

💉 Opioid Overdose Naloxone (NARCAN) Training
Class is limited to students in PUB 420. However, if you are interested in participating, email serobins@ buffalo.edu

6 to 7:30 p.m. | Diefendorf Hall 205 | UB South Campus

🥚 Sex Ed Egg Hunt
Join the UB Public Health Club for the Annual Sexual Education Egg Hunt! Questions? Contact ubpubclub@gmail.com

6 p.m. | Student Union | UB North Campus

🧘🏽‍♀️ Feeling Your Yoga: Tuesdays with Cory
This class consists of yoga postures/movements, meditation and breath awareness to maintain balance and overall wellness through the challenges of the semester. No experience necessary. All levels welcome, and all body types and sizes honored.

6:15 to 7:15 p.m. | Talbert Hall 11 | UB North Campus

Wednesday, April 5

New York State Public Health Corps (NYSPHC) Fellowship Program Webinar
Join the NYS Public Health work force! Register to learn more about New York State Public Health Corps (NYSPHC) Fellowship Program and positions currently available throughout New York State. At these informational webinars, you will learn about this exciting  
paid  public health Fellowship opportunity, gain insight into regional placements, and have an opportunity to ask questions of Senior Fellows and Fellowship Placement Coordinators.

Webinars will also take place on  April 18 and April 27.

9 a.m. | Via Zoom

HIV and PrEP Education
Representatives from Evergreen Health will be available to educate students about HIV prevention. Come say hello and check out the fun giveaways while learning how to protect yourself and your community.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Student Union Lobby | UB North Campus

UB Alumni Webinar--"Rethinking Addiction and Abstinence: Exploring Harm Reduction Strategies to Reduce Risk"
Nicholas J. Felicione, PhD, from the UB Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, discusses the principles of harm reduction, his research in tobacco harm reduction and how this way of thinking is improving quality of life for people who use drugs.


12 to 1 p.m. | Via Zoom

Hiring Summit
The hiring summit, hosted by UB’s Career Design Center, is designed to connect students looking for full-time jobs and internship opportunities with recruiters who are looking to hire a diverse slate of candidates. Attend this career fair to connect with more than 40 employers, including some from public health, and find your next job or field training site!

Register: Via Handshake with UBIT name and password

12 to 3 p.m. | Center for the Arts atrium | UB North Campus

NPHW Twitter Chat
It's the biggest public health conversation of the year! Join us for an hour of collaboration and conversation with hundreds of public health organizations and leaders. Follow us at #NPHWchat. Anyone can join but register in advance to receive the questions.


2 to 3 p.m.

The Fifteenth Glen E. Gresham Lecture--“Pediatric Spinal Cord Injuries"
This year’s Gresham lecturer is Dr. Mary Jane Mulcahey, renowned occupational therapist and expert in pediatric spinal cord injury, and chair of the American Occupational Therapy foundation, the AOTA branch responsible for research and scholarship to build the body of knowledge of the profession.

5:00 p.m. | Diefendorf Hall 146 or via Zoom | UB South Campus

Thursday, April 6

APHA webinar--HIV Prevention: NPHW and beyond
Learn about HIV prevention tools and programs from community and public health leaders. Participants can earn 1 continuing education credit in CHES, MCHES, CME, CNE, CPH and OP (other professional). This is a free event but space is limited. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend live.

Learn how to claim your CE certificate.  

Save a spot

1 to 2 p.m. 

APHA webinar--Cultural Humility (CEU available)
A conversation and Q&A about cultural humility: what it is and why it’s vital for public health leaders to incorporate it into their work. Participants can earn 1 continuing education credit in CHES, MCHES, CME, CNE, CPH and OP (other professional). This is a free event but space is limited. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend live.

Learn how to claim your CE certificate

Save a spot

3 to 4 p.m. 

💉 Opioid Overdose Naloxone (NARCAN) Training

Class is limited to students in PUB 101. However, if you are interested in participating, email serobins@ buffalo.edu

11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. | NSC 225 | UB North Campus

HIV and PrEP Education
Representatives from Evergreen Health will be available to educate students about HIV prevention. Come say hello and check out the fun giveaways while learning how to protect yourself and your community.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Student Union lobby | UB North Campus

Resume and LinkedIn Webinar
Jump start your public health career! Join us for a workshop tailored to public health students where you’ll learn how to create a stand-out resume that highlights skills important to employers and develop your professional online profile. Learn tips and best practices from managers who hire public health graduates for work in health departments, hospital and provider networks, and community-based organizations to name a few.

1 to 2 p.m. | Via Zoom

Mental Health Virtual Trivia
How much do you know about common mental health practices? Put your knowledge to the test and get a chance to win some prizes while maybe learning some mental health tips!


12 to 1 p.m. | Via Zoom

Friday, April 7

🚴 Revolution Cycle/SPHHP Cycling Class
Join us for a beginner to intermediate rhythm-based cycling experience as SPHHP partners with Revolution Buffalo, a female-founded and owned cycling studio. Registration is $18 and required for all participants. All fitness levels are welcome. Sneakers or cycling shoes are both acceptable footwear.

Reserve your spot!

5:30 p.m. | 1716 Main St., Buffalo

APHA Read Aloud ECO Bookworms: "We Are Water Protectors"
Follow along as APHA's Evelyn Maldonado reads the April 2022 #ECOBookworms book pick, "We Are Water Protectors," written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated Michaela Goade. We want to inspire the next generation! This book is being read with permission from Roaring Book Press.

For more information about ECOBookworms.


On-demand | Virtual

Saturday, April 8

💉 Opioid Overdose Naloxone (NARCAN) Training-- Virtual
Erie County Department of Health offers a no-cost virtual training in opioid overdose recognition and use of Naloxone (NARCAN) for reversal. You will leave the training able to recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, properly administer naloxone and know the necessary follow-up steps. Dependent upon availability, participants who complete the training will receive a kit with two doses of naloxone at no charge and a certificate of completion. Participants must be 16 years and older.


9 to 11 a.m. | Via Zoom

Tuesday, April 11

Brown Bag Lecture Series--"The Role of Food Insecurity in the HIV Care Continuum: A mixed methods approach to a complex public health phenomenon"
This presentation is the dissertation defense for Community Health and Health Behavior PhD candidate Jacob Bleasdale.


11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Via Zoom or Biomedical Education Building 125 | UB South Campus

SUNY Graduate Research Conference--Virtual
The Graduate and Research Committee of the University Faculty Senate, in collaboration with the SUNY Center for Professional Development, hosts the second edition of the SUNY Graduate Research Conference.

Learn more

Friday, April 14

Rehabilitation Science Seminar Series-- "Neuroplasticity After Spinal Cord Injury"
Join Assistant Professor Hang Jin Jo, PT, PhD, whose research employs biomechanical techniques, non-invasive brain stimulation, electrophysiology, and neuroimaging to study how the brain controls movements in healthy people, as well as individuals with neurological impairments such as spinal cord injury and stroke.

2 to 3 p.m. | 114 Wende Hall | UB South Campus

🌍 Global Health Day Symposium: Women's Health
Join scholars from different disciplines to discuss this vital global health topic. Keynote--“Air Pollution and Women’s health: Exposure Vulnerability and Biological Susceptibility” with Junfeng (Jim) Zhang, professor, Global and Environmental Health. Chair, Environmental Science and Policy Division, Duke University.


12 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Farber Hall G26 | UB South Campus

Wednesday, April 19

Presentation--"Fentanyl: The Changing Face of the Opioid Crisis"
Joshua Lynch, DO, is a national leader in addiction medicine who pioneered a novel statewide electronic referral network providing medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder patients in emergency departments and gets them into treatment within 24 to 48 hours. He is an associate professor of addiction and emergency medicine at UB. Presented in partnership with Erie/Niagara Area Health Education Center.


1 to 2:30 p.m. | Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 2220 | UB Downtown Campus

Wednesday, April 26

J. Warren Perry Poster Day
This annual event allows students and their faculty mentors to showcase posters depicting research, integrative/ cumulative projects, and service projects. Each department will select winning poster(s), presented by students. Each departmental winner(s) receive a prize.

12 to 2 p.m., | Harriman Hall 105 | UB South Campus

Friday, April 28

Presentation--"Environmental Neuroepidemiology: Risk Across the Life Course"
Offered by Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Aisha Dickerson, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

12 to 12:30 p.m. | Farber Hall 135 or via Zoom