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National Public Health Week Event Series
April 2019

A collaborative initiative of the School of Health Professions and Human Services and Division of Student Affairs

American Publich Health Association - APHA
National Public Health Week- Hofstra
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March 27 - April 10, 2019

Steps Plus: Hofstra Fitness and Health Challenge 2019
Exercise is Medicine Month this year is in April, which coincides with National Public Health Week! In recognition of these events, the undergraduate Exercise Science and graduate Health Administration programs will be sponsoring the Steps Plus: Hofstra Fitness and Health Challenge - a two-week team competition (teams of 2-5 people including current undergraduate or graduate students, faculty and staff) from Wednesday, March 27th to Wednesday, April 10th, 2019.

The goal of the challenge is to accumulate as many steps as possible each day throughout the two weeks (a team average for each day will be recorded). In addition to steps acquired through walking, jogging, and other activities throughout the day, steps will be 'awarded' for time spent exercising at the Hofstra Fitness Center and for completing health challenges posted daily on a Blackboard page. Gift prizes of $300, $200, and $100 will be awarded to the teams finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd! To sign up, please go to: https://hofstra.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9LxuFIUNRFYQsU5 (all team members should sign up individually).  Please direct any questions to Dr. Katie Sell at Katie.Sell[at]hofstra.edu.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

9:30am: SOPHA 5K
Location: Events start at the Fitness Center

Description: For the couple of years SOPHA has undertaken this fundraising initiative, the 5K fun run/walk, to help the community around us address a pressing public health problem. A focus of the American Public Health Association, United Nations and many other nationally-recognized organizations has been to address the inhumane treatment of migrants into the United States of America. Just as we all need access to many necessary services, the burden of access is harder when you are undocumented and afraid. Surrounding Hofstra are many organizations that provide resources of all kinds to immigrant populations and SOPHA would like to help them in any way we can. Join us for our 5K fun run/walk on March 31, 2019 at 9:30AM at the Hofstra Fitness Center for this cause! The cost is $15 per person and ALL proceeds will go to a local immigrant organization.

To RSVP: https://raceroster.com/events/2019/21653/sopha-5k. Registration is $18 and includes a free t-shirt for the first 50 registered participants.

Monday, April 1, 2019

11am – 12:30pm: Breaking the Boundaries: "Other" Health Concerns for Young People with Disabilities
Location: Plaza Room West, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus

Description: This panel will be discussing the issues that often go overlooked for youth with disabilities such as emergency preparedness, oral health, and sexual health.
4 - 5:15pm: Exercise as Medicine: Clinical and Public Health Perspectives
Location: Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, South Campus

Speaker: Carol Ewing Garber, PhD


Carol Ewing Garber is Professor of Movement Sciences and Education and Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in Applied (Exercise) Physiology. She served as a Fulbright Specialist in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Balamand in Beirut, Lebanon, and she was previously on the faculty at Northeastern University and Brown University School of Medicine. Professor Garber is a past President of the American College of Sports Medicine and she is the 2019 Citation Awardee of that organization. She also has served in leadership roles in the American Heart Association and in several regional and statewide organizations. She received her BS, MA, and PhD from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Garber is a clinical exercise physiologist, and her research falls under the broad umbrella of the role of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. She has worked with diverse populations across the lifespan in clinical, community and laboratory settings. Her current work involves the development and testing of a theory- and scientific evidence based creative movement program in low-resourced urban toddlers and their parents and a home-based creative movement program for young children with congenital heart disease. Under her direction, her lab team has been developing new measurement tools for assessing physical activity and movement quality in young children and their parents. She is also the Director of the newly launched EXerT Clinic, in which she and her student team are providing fitness testing and exercise training advice to elite rowers and other athletes and to the public. In addition to being a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, she is a fellow of the American Heart Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine. She is the author of over 80 original peer-reviewed articles and numerous book chapters, including the ACSM Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. In her spare time, Dr. Garber sings with the Cecilia Chorus of NYC where she can be seen on stage at Carnegie Hall, and she is an avid Pilates practitioner, urban bicyclist and wilderness backpacker

Description: Scientific evidence supports the important role of exercise in contributing to health. This talk will provide an overview of the health benefits of exercise, present the current recommendations for exercise, and provide practical explanations of how these recommendations can be applied by health and fitness professionals from all disciplines to public health and clinical practice.
6:30 – 8:30pm: Launching A Business: Entrepreneurship in Health Professions and Human Services
Location: Hofstra ideaHUB, New School of Business Building, South Campus (next to CV Starr)

Panel: David Borkon, Partner, Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP
Dawn Plumitallo, Owner, Kids First Evaluation & Advocacy Center, Inc
Barbara Roberts, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Center for Entrepreneurship
Cindy Zabinski, LMHC, CRC, ACS, Certified EMDR Therapist in private practice

Description: Want to open your own practice or take your health professions career down a non-traditional path? This panel discussion will focus on the steps to opening your own business, whether it be a private practice or a new healthcare service/innovation. Hear directly from practitioners, business owners, entrepreneurs, and professional service providers talk about their experiences and offer advice. The session, which will take place in Hofstra’s brand new ideaHUB incubator and is open to the public, will also highlight business mentoring opportunities through the Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge, an entrepreneurship training program administered by Hofstra University.

To RSVP: Visit nyhealthchallenge.com/2019NPHW by March 27, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

3:15 - 4:30pm: Fail -> Succeed: Finding Your Path Over, Around, and Through Obstacles
Location: Room 143, Sondra and David S Mack Student Center, North Campus

Description: This event features faculty, staff, and students talking about episodes in their lives where they failed, sometimes spectacularly. Presenters discuss the tools they used and the resources available to them to figure out a way to overcome their failures. Attendees have the opportunity to ask the presenters about their failures, their careers, and the challenges they faced and are facing.
4:30 - 6:20pm: Aging Café
Location: Student Center Plaza Rooms, Sondra and David S Mack Student Center, North Campus

Description: Attendees will visit multiple stations where they will engage in conversations and interactive activities to expand their understanding about aging in a positive, supportive environment. Station topics will include: Aging Simulation; Creative Aging; Brain Fitness; Myths vs. Realities; Trend Trivia; Age-Friendly Communities; Rethinking Retirement. A dessert buffet will be available.
6:30 – 8pm: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Homer Venters, MD, MS
Location: Student Center Greenhouse, Sondra and David S Mack Student Center, North Campus

Description: Dr. Homer Venters presents the profound health risks associated with incarceration—from neglect and sexual abuse to blocked access to care and exposure to brutality. Pairing prisoner experiences with cutting-edge research into prison risk, Dr. Venters reveals the disproportionate extent to which the health risks of jail are meted out to those with behavioral health problems and people of color. Dr. Venters also presents alternative strategies that can reduce health risks and makes the case for closing Rikers Island and undoing mass incarceration around the nation.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

11:15am - 12:40pm: Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Student Film Competition: Busting Common Health Myths
Location: Student Center Theater, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus

Dr. Ellen Braunstein, Chair, Nassau County Board of Health
Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, Commissioner, Nassau County Department of Health
Lawrence Levy, Executive Dean, National Center for Suburban Studies, Hofstra University
Dr. Carolyn McCummings, Commissioner, Nassau County Department of Human Services
Dr. John Zaso, Nassau County Board of Health

Description: Teams of students from different programs across Hofstra University compete for best short video, addressing the following topics related to common health myths. A professional panel of judges will award cash prizes to the winning videos. A special award will be granted to the team that earns the “audience favorite film” vote.

A special thanks to Lawrence Levy, Executive Dean and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University for their very generous donation.
12:30 - 2:30pm: Seventh Annual Public Health Fair
Location: The Core, Netherlands Complex, North Campus

Description: The seventh annual Public Health Fair is a FREE EVENT that focuses on providing interactive alternatives to address and reduce health care disparities through prevention, education, and awareness of important health conditions. The specific goals of this event are to promote healthy lifestyles, provide crucial information and education about disease prevention, and increase awareness of local health care and social service resources.
3:30 – 5pm: Concussions: What You Need to Know
Location: Student Center Greenhouse, Sondra and David S Mack Student Center, North Campus

John Beneduce, Professional Mixed Martial Artist and Strength and Conditioning Coach
Julia D. Drattell, MEd, ATC, Program Coordinator, Athletic Trainer, NYU Langone Concussion Center

Description: This presentation will introduce the cause and effects of concussion. Additionally, we will cover each person's role and responsibilities in identifying and managing a concussion at home, in the classroom, at work, or in athletics.
4:30 – 6:20pm: GLOhBAL (Global Learning. Optimizing health. Building Alliances Locally) in collaboration with the Division of Global Health at Northwell Health present: Global Health Threats in the U.S. and Abroad: Improving Health Through Science and Action
Location: Multipurpose Room, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus

Dr. Stefan Hagmann, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist
Dr. Emmanuel d'Harcourt, Pediatrician and Public Health Physician

Description: To RSVP:https://www.ccmcglobalhealth.com/events.
6:30 – 8pm: Trans 101 and Beyond
Location: Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfield Conference and Exhibition Hall, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus

Description: Atticus Ranck and Sebastian Pelaez-Ranck are a married couple who both identify as transgender and have extensive experience presenting on issues related to the transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) community. Atticus has been working directly with the TGNC community as an advocate and educator for South Florida's, and now Pennsylvania's, transgender community. Sebastian serves as a Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.

In this talk, they will give brief introduction of transgender identity. Topics include transgender health (including mental health), common myths and stereotypes about the transgender and gender nonconforming community, best practices for allies and professionals working with the transgender community, and the complexities and joys of living as a transgender couple, in which both partners identify as transgender.
6:30 - 8:20pm: Careers in Public and Community Health: What They Don't Teach You in School
Location: Community Room, University Club, North Campus

Shirley Bejarano MPH, MS, CPH, Director of Education and Prevention, AIDS Center of Queens County
Pascale Fils-Aime, MPH, MBA, Community Health Coordinator, Long Island Health Collaborative
Kelly Johnson, PhD, MPH, Director of Outcomes Research (Vaccines), Merck & Co., Inc
Gabrielle Kersaint, MSPH, Executive Director, Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center
Lauren McCullagh, MPH, Assistant Vice President of Clinical Research, Northwell Health
Margaret Wayne, MPH '18, Health Liaison, Docs for Tots
Ellen Wiewel, DrPH, MHS Director of Research and Evaluation, Housing Services, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Description: Public health is a growing and diverse field that promises opportunities to work in a variety of settings. Although working in public health is an exciting concept, too many options can leave many students and graduates feeling overwhelmed about the job search process. This event allows attendees to listen, ask questions, and engage with public health professionals working across the core disciplines of public health. Our panel of distinguished public health practitioners will provide knowledge, advice, and tools that cannot be acquired through course work and textbooks. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

4 - 5:30pm: Confronting Your Job Search Anxiety
Location: Multipurpose Room, Sondra and David S Mack Student Center, North Campus

Description: Unsure of where to begin on the job search front? Overwhelmed by the thought of reformatting your resume and writing multiple cover letters? Intimidated by the thought of being interviewed? All of these concerns, and more, are addressed during this session hosted by Darlene Johnson, Director of External Relations, Hofstra University’s Career Center. Attendees will learn from Darlene's expertise and years of experiences on the art of promoting yourself and the organizations you hope to join, resulting in preparation for a health professions career fair coming to campus on Thursday, April 18, 2019!
4:30 - 6:20pm: The Grand Annual Audiology Debate
Location: Multipurpose Room East, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus

Description: The use of apps in audiology and other health disciplines has increased exponentially in recent years. People may use apps to better understand certain health conditions, thereby leading to greater awareness and hence identification/prevention of the condition (think music induced hearing loss, breast cancer, etc.). On the other hand, apps may also be used for self-assessment and self-management of health conditions, thereby leading to erroneous and sometimes serious outcomes (such as in tinnitus, infectious diseases, etc.). This student-led debate will explore both sides of this important and timely topic.
6 – 8pm: Black Families Matter: The Truth About Maternal Mortality in Nassau County
Location: Planned Parenthood, Hempstead Health Center, 540 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11550

Description: African American women are up to four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than their white counterparts. And it's happening right here, in Nassau County. Please join Birth Justice Warriors and Planned Parenthood of Nassau County for a special film screening and panel discussion that explores the biases and health care disparities that pregnant Black women face and how we can come together as a community to overcome them. This program will feature a screening of the short film, “Death By Delivery,” which examines why women today (and especially Black women) are dying during childbirth at higher rates than in 1987. After the film, guests will hear from a panel of experts in a guided discussion about improving maternal and infant health outcomes in Nassau County.

To RSVP:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-families-matter-the-truth-about-maternal-mortality-in-nassau-county-tickets-57035147662
6:30 – 8:20pm: Technology Innovation Changing the Face of Healthcare Delivery
Location: Student Center Theater, Sondra and David S Mack Student Center, North Campus

Description: With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there is a necessity to take stock of where the medical community stands on change and innovation, specifically regarding the use of technology. The demand for higher quality healthcare at a lower cost creates an imminent need for change and innovation in healthcare delivery. Healthcare has already seen innovations in the tools used to deliver care, including pharmacy products, medical devices, information technology, and biotechnology products. This innovation has changed and continues to change the way healthcare is delivered. This panel will discuss how health systems are using innovation in technology to improve the value of the healthcare they deliver. Examples may include using technology to improve connectivity, patient flow, provider efficiency, and/or quality measurement.

To RSVP:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/technology-innovation-changing-the-face-of-healthcare-delivery-tickets-56262665146

Friday, April 5, 2019

8am – 11:30am: Total Health for All: Addressing the Root Causes of Poor Outcomes
Location: Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfield Conference and Exhibition Hall, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus

Speaker: Ram Raju, MD, Senior Vice President and Community Health Investment Officer, Northwell Health

Description: From housing quality, to availability of food, to employment and economic security, social factors impact health in ways we don’t often consider. Join us to hear from Ram Raju, MD, about the impact of social determinants (SDH) on health, the importance of taking a multidisciplinary approach to addressing population health, and the need for innovation in addressing total health. Dr. Raju’s keynote will be followed by a panel presentation of local leaders in various SDH fields.

To RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/total-health-for-all-addressing-the-root-causes-of-poor-health-outcomes-tickets-58434476091
10am – 2pm: Injury Prevention Workshop: Injury Risk Reduction for the Club Sport Athlete
Location: Fitness Center, North Campus

Description: The Injury Prevention Workshop is designed to educate the club sports teams about injury prevention and recognition of life-threatening and common athletic injuries. Most club sports teams do not have an Athletic Trainer that work with the team directly, so Hofstra Athletic Training Society provides this informative workshop for them to attend. After the workshop a CPR/AED course is offered for $35.

To RSVP: Please email HATS President, Tyler McCarthy for more information and to register for the CPR/AED certification course. tmccarthy1[at]pride.hofstra.edu

Thursday, April 18, 2019

10am – 1pm: Hofstra Health Industry Career Information and Networking (for Hofstra students and alumni only)
Location: Multipurpose Rooms, Sondra and David S Mack Student Center, North Campus

Description: The School of Health Professions and Human Services, The School of Business, and The Career Center, in collaboration with the Nassau-Queens Performing Provider System will bring to Hofstra’s campus representatives from local health focused organizations who are seeking to meet with students, and alumni, who are interested in seeking careers in the varied and interdisciplinary fields the health industry has to offer.

For Hofstra students and alumni only.

To RSVP: https://hofstra.joinhandshake.com/events/282630

While attending a Hofstra National Public Health Week event, please be sure to use the hashtag #HofNPHW19


John Beneduce, Professional Mixed Martial Artist and Strength and Conditioning Coach

John Beneduce is a professional mixed martial arts fighter and strength and conditioning coach. John lost 120 pounds along the way to becoming a professional athlete and world class health and fitness coach. In addition to his athletic pedigree John holds advanced degrees in both History and forensic psychology.

Julia D. Drattell, MEd, ATC, Program Coordinator, Athletic Trainer, NYU Langone Concussion Center

Mrs. Drattell started her athletic training education in the bachelor’s athletic training program at the University of Delaware, immediately followed by a post-professional Master’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training at the University of Virginia. Julia covered both Division I and Division III collegiate athletics in the New York City area for 6 years before transitioning to the Hospital Administration setting. Julia is the Young Professional Committee’s representative for the state of New York, acting to increase engagement and provide opportunities to address the needs of Young Professionals in the state including networking events, volunteering opportunities, and job skills workshops. Julia also serves on the New York State Board of Professions for Athletic Training, assisting with administering professional regulation, advising on licensing requirements and providing community outreach.

Currently, Julia is the Athletic Trainer at NYU Langone Health’s Concussion Center where she is responsible for advancing clinical programming, supporting ongoing research, and developing educational programs for the community and healthcare professionals. She fosters relationships and acts as a liaison for local academic institutions, youth leagues and professional athletic leagues. Julia develops medical policies, including concussion management, at these schools and leagues. She has presented at conferences around the United States and has been published in multiple journals on projects related to developing sideline oculomotor concussion assessment tools and quantitative eye movements.

Dr. Homer Venters, MD, MS

Homer Venters is a physician and epidemiologist and a nationally recognized leader in health and human rights. As the Senior Health and Justice Fellow for COCHS, Dr. Venters directs several initiatives regarding health and justice, including reducing traumatic brain injury among detainees and correctional staff and promoting access to evidence based addiction treatment for persons with justice involvement. Prior to joining COCHS, Dr. Venters served as the Director of Programs for Physicians for Human Rights and the Chief Medical Officer for the NYC Jail system. In addition to being the author of Life and Death in Rikers Island, Dr. Venters has led over 50 peer reviewed scientific publications on the topics of health and justice involvement, work that has been cited by the US Supreme Court and led to testimony before Congress. Dr. Venters received his MD from the University of Illinois, Masters of Public Health Research from NYU and completed his residency in Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Venters is a Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU College of Global Public Health.

Dr. Stefan Hagmann

Dr. Stefan Hagmann, pediatric infectious disease specialist, Cohen Children's Medical Center. Dr. Hagmann also works in collaboration with the CDC Global TravEpiNet and GeoSentinel, the International Society for Travel Medicine.

Dr. Emmanuel d'Harcourt

Dr. Emmanuel d'Harcourt, pediatrician and public health physician (former senior health director), International Rescue Committee (IRC)