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National Public Health Week offers a variety of in-person and virtual events

The USF College of Public Health (COPH) is part of a national effort to create the healthiest nation in one generation. USF Bulls and members of the local community are invited to join the movement and get involved today!

Each year National Public Health Week (NPHW) is held during the first full week of April and is organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA), a government-based professional organization for public health professionals that prides itself on influencing federal policy and bringing together members from all fields of public health. The week is observed to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight important health issues.

This year’s observance falls on April 1-7 centering on the theme, “Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: We Are All Public Health.”

According to, “Our focus is not just the ways public health serves our communities — protecting our access to clean water and air, to nutritious and safe foods, to the right and ability to access essential health services — but the ways our communities flourish when they have their needs met. We’re covering everything from the basics of safe and healthy schools to the tools that connect us, even when we’re miles apart.”

Check out the college’s offerings, bring a friend along and join the movement. There’s something for everyone!

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The 2023 Student Engagement Celebration and Showcase. (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

Kicking off the celebrations on March 27, the Office of Student Success and Well Being will be hosting the Annual Student Engagement Celebration and Showcase. Come celebrate and learn about the college’s student organizations with some sweet treats in the lobby. Student leadership will then be presented with COPH leadership cords.

Want to learn more about Latino health topics? Join Salud Latina faculty on March 28 as they focus on the theme, “Let’s Talk About Latino Health, Sana Sana Colita de Rana.”

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Last year’s Florida Outstanding Woman in Public Health Ana Scuteri
with her team at the 2023 Public Health Awards Ceremony.
(Photo by Caitlin Keough)

On April 3, the COPH will be hosting its annual Public Health Awards Ceremony. Celebrate academic achievements, excellence in teaching, alumni leaders and meet the Florida Outstanding Woman in Public Health.

The Annual COPH Picnic at USF Riverfront Park will be on April 5. Join faculty, staff, students, families and four legged friends for some food, fun and an opportunity to enjoy conversation in person.

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Graduate students at the Annual COPH Picnic at Riverfront Park. (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

The celebration continues with the Chiles Center Synergy on April 10. Visit the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies to learn about the current research and practice initiatives of faculty, staff and students.

Later in the day, a ceremony will be health to induct the 2024 Delta Omega nominees. The new inductees, faculty, staff and students will then celebrate their achievement with a reception.

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Delta Omega inductees at the inaugural Delta Omega Ceremony in 2023. (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

The COPH will also be celebrating Black Maternal Health Week, a campaign to raise awareness and improve the disparate birth outcomes among Black mothers and babies, from April 11-17. The celebration includes a community block party, 5K fun run and various forums throughout the week. Hillsborough County Commissioner Gwen Myers will be kicking off the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week of Tampa Bay at the college on April 12.

There are many more events, including a student internship/career fair, a wellness fair, service opportunities and a host of other activities and collection drives.

For more information on NPHW, contact Ellen Kent,  

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