Master of Public Health

National Public Health Week 2021

In light of COVID-19 concerns, this year's NPHW events will be offered virtually. For more information about Hofstra University’s response to Coronavirus, visit hofstra.edu/coronavirus

Please click on an event to begin the registration process. All who RSVP will receive a Zoom access one day prior to the event.

National Public Health Week Event Series 2021

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National Public Health Week, www.nphw.org, an initiative of the American Public Health Association
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National Public Health Week, Hofstra University

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April 1st-15th

Steps Plus Fitness Challenge

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Exercise is Medicine Month this year is in April, which coincides with National Public Health Week! In recognition of these events, the Exercise is Medicine on Hofstra Campus pre-professional club and the Future Healthcare Leaders (undergraduate Exercise Science and graduate Health Administration program student clubs) 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 April 1-15, 2021.

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 participating in mental health promotion activities and for completing health challenges posted daily on the Steps Plus 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: hofstra.edu/stepsplus2021 (ALL team members must sign up individually). Please direct any questions to Dr. Katie Sell at Katie.Sell@hofstra.edu.

Note- Open to members of the Hofstra Community Only

Monday, April 5th

7th Annual Student Film Competition
1pm-2:30pm

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Judges:
Lawrence Levy, Associate Vice President and Executive Dean, National Center for Suburban Studies, Hofstra University
Dr. Carolyn McCummings, Commissioner, Nassau County Department of Human Services
Gladys Serano, LCSW, CEO, Hispanic Counseling Center

Description: Teams of students from across Hofstra University compete for best short video, addressing the following topics relateed to implicit bias in healthcare. A professional panel of judges will award prizes to the winning videos.

A special thanks to Lawrence Levy, Associate Vice President Executive Dean and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University for their very generous donation.

Keynote Address: Health Equity
7pm-8pm

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Join Andrea Ault-Brutus, PhD for Hofstra University’s National Public Health Week 2021 keynote address. Dr. Ault-Brutus currently serves as the Director of Health Equity with Nassau County’s Department of Health.

In this address, an overview and history of health equity will be provided followed by its connection to public health. Dr. Ault-Brutus will explore contemporary topics pertaining to health equity and speak to how COVID-19 has brought to light the need of the continued work of public health professionals.

This event will provide insight on the future of health equity and its impact on local communities.

Tuesday, April 6th

Communication and Swallowing during COVID-19
11am-12pm

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In this event, speech-language pathologists and audiologists discuss how COVID-19 has impacted hearing and swallowing. Dr. Laura Koenig (Adelphi University) will discuss how masks degrade the speech signal, making hearing more difficult. Dr. Barbara Weinstein (City University of New York) will discuss how the effect of masks on communication is particularly harmful to individuals with hearing loss. Dr. Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald (McMaster University) will discuss how the virus can pose difficulties for swallowing and dysphagia-related care. This event is part of the New York Communication Disorders Colloquium Series (NYCDCS). This event will be facilitated by Hofstra University Department of Speech Language Hearing Sciences Assistant Professor Scott Schroeder, PhD.

Careers in Healthcare Panel Event
3:30pm-4:30pm

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Come and meet some of the employers who are participating in our Get Hired in Healthcare Virtual Career Fair Event on 4/8! They will be discussing their programs and how you can stand out as a candidate for their leadership, internship and full-time opportunities in all areas of healthcare. All majors and class years are welcome. This event is co-sponsored by Hofstra University's Center for Career Design and Development.

NOTE: Open to Hofstra Students Only

Hofstra’s Public Health Community Heeds the Call: Lessons Learned in Pandemic Response
4:30pm-6:20pm

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Members of the Hofstra University public health community – students, faculty, alumni and community stakeholders – have been working all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic response. In honor of National Public Health Week, session panelists will reflect on their experiences with testing, contract tracing, infection control, community outreach, clinical care, vaccine equity and communication challenges. Facilitated Q&A will follow. Moderator: Corinne Kyriacou, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Professions

Featured speakers include:
Sarah El Bouzaidi, MPH Candidate ’21
Graduate Assistant, Hofstra’s Safe Start Testing

Isma H. Chaudhry, MD, MPH ’16
Community Advocate and Interim Director, Public Health Programs, Hofstra University 

Daniela I. Fraticelli Ortiz, MPH Candidate ’21
Research Assistant, Hofstra’s MPH Program 

Elaine Gross, President
ERASE Racism & Hofstra MPH Community Advisory Board Member

David Nemiroff, LCSW, President & CEO
Long Island FQHC, Inc. & Hofstra MPH Community Advisory Board Member

Barbara Otsyina, MPH Candidate ’21
COVID-19 Tester

Liana Rodriguez, MPH ’18
Infection Preventionist, NYU Langone Hospital-- Long Island

Shivali Vashisht, MPH ’20
Research Scientist II, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Wednesday, April 7th

The State of H.O.P.E. (Healthcare Opportunities and Policy Exchange) presents Reflections and Implications for Public Health
4pm-5:30pm

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Join Hon. Kemp Hannon for the latest installment of the State of H.O.P.E. (Healthcare Opportunities and Policy Exchange) signature event series at Hofstra University’s School of Health Professions and Human Services. Our expert panelists will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has had long lasting effects on our healthcare and public health systems as the virus continues to create shockwaves every day. The changes to how we view healthcare, and more specifically public health, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic will be carefully discussed as our panel of speakers offer reflections and direction on the future of the field.

Our featured panelists include:

Dr. Martine Hackett, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Health Professions
Hofstra University School of Health Professions and Human Services

Dr. Nicholas Mercado, DrPH, MPH, CHES, HEC-C
Medical Ethicist at Northwell Health
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Professions  
Hofstra University School of Health Professions and Human Services

Dr. Debbie Salas-Lopez, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President, Community and Population Health
Northwell Health

Careers in Public Health Panel Event
6pm-8pm

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Public health is a growing and diverse field that encompasses a variety of career paths. From traditionally medical and research-based, to community organizations. 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! This event is co-sponsored by the Hofstra's Delta Kappa Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society.

Aditya Bisoonath, MPH, MBA, CHES, PMP
Supervisor, Clinical Research
Adjunct Professor MPH Program
Northwell Health
Hofstra University

Arpita Hazra, MD, MPH
Clinical Patient Safety Data Analyst
Healthcare Risk Advisory Group

Joshua Moskovitz, MD, MPH, MBA, FACEP
Associate Director of Emergency Department Operations, Jacobi Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health, Hofstra University

Marisa Hiruma, MA
Project Manager
Health and Welfare Council of Long Island

Lawrence Eisenstein, MD, MPH, FACP
Commissioner
Nassau County Department of Health

Kerry Meyers, MPH, NASM-CPT
Clinical Researcher
Northwell Health

Thursday, April 8th

Healthcare Career Fair
2:30pm-5pm

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Co-sponsored by Hofstra University's Center for Career Development and Design, representatives from local health focused organizations will be available in a virtual format for Hofstra students who are interested in seeking careers in the varied and interdisciplinary fields the health industry has to offer.

NOTE: Open to Hofstra Students Only

Scope of Practice of the SLP and Audiologist during COVID-19 Pandemic
4pm-5:30pm

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This interactive presentation, co-sponsored by Hofstra's National Student Speech Language Hearing Assocation, includes speech-language pathologists and audiologists discussing service delivery and long-term effects regarding speech, language, and hearing disorders related to COVID-19 illnesses. This event will be facilitated by Hofstra Assistant Professor Susan DeMetropolis, PhD and Clinical Director Wendy Silverman, M.S. CCC-SLP.

Featured Panelists:

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Steven M. Asofsky, MA, CCC-SLP, TSHH

Steven M. Asofsky, MA, CCC-SLP, TSHH
Speech Language Pathologist
Director
South Shore Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders, PLLC

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Melissa Jensen, MA, CCC-SLP

Melissa Jensen, MA, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech Language Pathologist
Northwell Health
Transitions of Long Island

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Lisa Mener, AuD CCC-A

Lisa Mener, AuD CCC-A
Audiologist
Northwell Health
LIJ Hearing and Speech Center

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Agnieszka Zimny, MA, CCC-SLP

Agnieszka Zimny, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Northwell Health
Transitions of Long Island

Burnout & Resilience at every level for Healthcare Leaders
6pm-8pm

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This event is sponsored by The Master of Health Administration Alumni Association. You are invited to join us for a virtual panel in conjunction with Hofstra University’s National Public Health Week celebration.

Featured Panelists Include:

Joy D. Calloway, MBA, MHSA
Interim CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

Nadine A. Chang '02, '08, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Gracie Square Hospital
Assistant Attending Psychologist, NY-Presbyterian Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry (Courtesy), Weill Cornell Medicine

Steve Forti
Chief Wellness and Resiliency Officer
Hospital for Special Surgery

Friday, April 9th

Maternal Health: Professions, Problems and Possibilities
11am-12pm

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Interested in learning more about career options and opportunities in maternal health? This session will feature professionals practicing in different areas of maternal health. Participants will share their experiences and identify key steps along their career path. Special focus will be on how to address health equity and racial justice as a health professional.

Panel presenters:

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Keisha Goode

Keisha Goode
Ph.D. Special Assistant Professor SUNY Old Westbury

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Britney Nathan

Britney Nathan
Medical Student Zucker/Hofstra School of Medicine

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Leticia Rios

Leticia Rios
MSN, RN, IBCLC, Neonatal Clinical Nurse Educator, NYU Langone Hospital

Moderator: Martine Hackett, associate professor Hofstra University

Co-sponsored by: Birth Justice Warriors, SUNY Old Westbury Health Disparities Institute

Understanding Suicide Causes & Prevention: Overview (Central Nassau Guidance Training)
1pm-2:30pm

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This overview session will provide attendees with further details on two seperate mental health related trainings that are offered through Central Nassau Guidance. Attendees will be provided with dates and times for follow-up larger scale sessions through which official trainings will be provided. Titles and descriptions of follow-up training sessions are: Mental Health First Aid (Adult) – Participants learn how to use the ALGEE acronym (Assess/Approach, Listen non-judgmentally, Give reassurance, Encourage appropriate professional help, Encourage self-help and other support strategies). When participants are completed with the 2hr pre-work and 6hr full-day virtual live training they are Mental Health First Aiders and will know how to recognize a mental health crisis (i.e. overdose, psychosis, depression, suicide, panic attack). They will also have the tools to support and refer someone experiencing said crisis.

QPR for Suicide Prevention – QPR was developed by Dr. Paul Quinnett and stands for Question Persuade Refer. In addition to learning how to recognize a crisis, this training focuses on the participants learning how to question someone effectively regarding potential thoughts of suicide, how to persuade someone to receive the most effective help for their current state and how to refer someone to the next step for further, ongoing assistance. This training can be completed between 1.5-2hrs. Participants are given statistical information, as well as information about risk factors, warning signs and protective factors in order to be effective, “Gatekeepers.” Although this training focuses on suicide the QPR strategies learned can be used to support any mental health crisis.

This event will be facilitated by Diana Rizzo, MPA
Project Coordinator for Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services
COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention Grant

Wednesday, April 14th

In Conversation About Disability Justice
1pm-2:30pm

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In Conversation … at the Center for “Race” Series will host a conversation about Disability Justice and be facilitated by Andrea Nerlich (Rehabilitation Counseling Program) and Craig Rustici (Department of English and Disability Studies Program).

This event is Co-Sponsored by the Cultural Center.

In Conversation … at the Center for “Race” Series
In Conversation … at the Center for “Race” is a featured program of roundtable discussions around everyday issues that involve race and social justice, and that directly impact the Hofstra community. The aim is to create a space for conversation --and to bridge the gap--between staff, students, faculty and administrators of all ranks, giving an equal voice to everyone. In Conversation … at the Center for “Race” will take place three times per semester, during common hour, on the second Wednesday of the month: https://www.hofstra.edu/race-culture-social-justice/in-conversation.html.

The Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, established at Hofstra University in January 2017, works to promote diversity, inclusiveness and cultural awareness on campus, and features several distinctive research and scholarly programs throughout the academic year.

While attending a Hofstra National Public Health event, please be sure to use the hashtag #HofNPHW21