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GW Celebrates National Public Health Week

The Public Health Student Association is commemorating National Public Health Week, April 3-9, with a week of events open to the entire GW community.


MONDAY, April 3

Southby Lecture in Comparative Health Policy
12 – 1 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., 7th floor

Opening Keynote with Dr. Camara Jones
4:30 – 6 pm |  950 New Hampshire Ave., Auditorium
***Live Stream Available through our Facebook Page***
Dr. Camara Jones, immediate past president of the American Public Health Association, will speak about racism and health equality. Registration is free.


Meditation in Washington Circle
10:30 am | Washington Circle NW

The Affordable Care Act: What Comes Next?*
9 – 12 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., Auditorium
The symposium will include discussions of possible health care market reforms and what a repeal and replace process might look like. Panelists will also discuss the impact that such changes would have on key sectors from consumers to public health and health systems to the broader economy.  Join Milken Institute SPH health policy experts and noted Washington insiders for what promises to be an enlightening discussion of health reform and the proposals that are likely to be debated in the months ahead.
***Can’t make it to the event? Tune into a live webcast here***

Mental Health Panel*
12 – 1 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., 2nd Floor Conference Room
Panelists will discuss policy, promotion and prevention from a national and global perspective to encourage a better understanding of the burden of mental illness and how to take action as public health students and professionals.
***Live Stream Available through our Facebook Page***

Free HIV and Hepatitis B & C Testing
6 – 8 pm | Marvin Center, Rm. 309
There will be blood tests for you to find out your hepatitis B and C and HIV status.


Research Days Keynote Address & Reception
4:30 – 6:30 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., First Floor Convening Center
LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, board-certified family physician and director of DC’s Department of Health, will discuss “Transforming Health and Wellbeing in the District of Columbia: Role of the Public and Private Sectors in Achieving Health Equity.”  Current SPH students can earn one hour of SPH Professional Enhancement Activity credit for attending.
***Live Stream Available, check back for link***

Film Screening of A Day’s Work & Panel
6:30 – 8:30 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., B100B
The 54-minute film will be followed by a discussion on workplace safety, public policy and workers’ rights, connecting the film to local issues and action.


#ClimateChanges Health Panel
10 – 11 am | 950 New Hampshire Ave., Auditorium
Join GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the American Public Health Association (APHA) for a panel discussing the intersection of climate change and public health as we as we celebrate National Public Health Week and the APHA’s Year of Climate Change and Health initiative.

Film Screening of Dying in Vein & Panel
6:30 – 9:30 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., Auditorium
The screening will be followed immediately by a dynamic panel discussion featuring Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, together with other leaders in the field, who will discuss the exploding epidemic of opiate addiction and what policy makers, public health advocates, physicians and concerned individuals can do to help.


Closing Keynote & Brandt Memorial Lecturer with Cecile Richards
10:30 am – 1 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave.

Period Potraits*
10:30 am – 1 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave.
Join us as we go on a journey of self-discovery and exploration through intimate self-portraits and interviews.

Anti-Racism within Public Health*
5:30 – 7:30 pm | 950 New Hampshire Ave., B100
Join students and young professionals in a discussion about race, racism and anti-racism at school and work.


Spring Gala
7:30 – 11 pm | Newseum
There will be dancing, drinks, appetizers and more! Early bird tickets are $25, so remember to buy your tickets in advance to save. This event is for public health students and their invited guests.

You can check the SPH website for more details on all these events, and be sure to follow @gwphsa and @gwpublichealth on social media, using the hashtag #GWNPHW, throughout the week! PHSA will be featuring the winners of its mini-grant competition on Instagram, and you can tag your photos with “gwpublichealth” for a chance to be featured on the school’s page. Can’t make it to an event? Tune into the PHSA and school’s Facebook pages for live streams.