PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A basic tenet of public health holds that health crises require leaders to think creatively and adapt quickly. So it’s apt that Brown’s celebration of National Public Health Week for 2021 will feature an array of events and educational opportunities that can be accessed remotely while allowing participants to adhere to recommended COVID-19 pandemic health protocols.
The American Public Health Association convenes the weeklong celebration of public health annually to highlight new research and promote health and well-being — Brown’s School of Public Health typically hosts in-person events that spark discussion and showcase the work of student and faculty scholars.
It’s a highly anticipated event among the Brown community, said Jennifer Tidey, associate dean for research at the School of Public Health.
“National Public Health Week is the school's opportunity to raise awareness at the University of our work on a diverse array of public health issues,” Tidey said, “and our opportunity to recognize our faculty, staff, students, trainees and partners working to enhance public health practices locally, nationally and internationally.”
During this year’s all-virtual event, which will take place April 5 to 11, the school will launch a short-term podcast series titled “Humans in Public Health.” Each day, a downloadable, 10- to 15-minute episode will feature interviews with Brown scholars on relevant public health issues. Megan Hall, a multimedia journalist and health policy expert who earned her master of public health degree from Brown in 2015, will host.
“Because of the pandemic, people are paying attention to public health in a way they never have before,” Hall said. “But the field is incredibly diverse, and being a practitioner of public health can mean so many different things. In creating this podcast series, I’ve had some amazing conversations with Brown researchers doing fascinating work in the public health realm. I look forward to sharing those stories.”
In addition to the daily podcast episodes, attendees from across the globe can tune in on Thursday, April 8, to a conversation between Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the School of Public Health, and medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, an international nonprofit that provides health care services and leads research and advocacy on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. An interactive audience Q&A will follow the discussion.
For members of the Brown community, a virtual Public Health Research Day hosted via Zoom will showcase new findings and scholarly achievements by students, trainees and partners. Many of the event’s presentations will be live with opportunities for interaction.
“Research Day is always an opportunity for us to congratulate our students, trainees, partners, and their mentors and collaborators for successfully completing a significant research project,” Tidey said. “That’s particularly notable this year in light of the difficult circumstances under which they've been working.”
A full schedule of National Public Health Week events at Brown is available on the School of Public Health website. Some events require advance registration, a few are available only to attendees with Brown login credentials.
***Health District Expands Vaccination Elibility to Phase 1c Workers***
Beginning, Friday, April 2, the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include persons in Phase 1c. Essential workers eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1c include: water, wastewater, and waste/recycling removal; energy; housing and construction; food service; transportation and logistics; institutions of higher education (faculty and staff); finance; information technology & communication; media; legal services; public safety (including engineers); other public health workers; and barbers, stylists/hairdressers. For more information about who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1c,
CSHD urges all essential workers in Phase 1c to pre-register as soon as possible for the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting the vaccinate.virginia.gov website or calling 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682). Anyone who has not already pre-registered for the COVID-19 vaccine and is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1a and Phase 1b should also do so.
According to the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, approximately 141,300 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the CSHD, and approximately 57,200 people have been fully vaccinated. On Tuesday, March 30, the health district celebrated more than 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered through health district vaccine efforts.
The decision to move to Phase 1c comes as Virginia continues to see vaccine supplies increase week over week. “While we are seeing vaccine supplies increase, we recognize that many in our community are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine but experience barriers to pre-registering and/or registering for a clinic appointment,” said CSHD Health District Director Dr. Laura Kornegay. “The health district is committed to working with healthcare partners, local government, and community organizations to find creative ways to address these barriers and make sure that the COVID-19 vaccine is accessible to all.” CSHD will continue to prioritize vaccinations for communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and those who are most vulnerable to severe illness or death in Phase 1a and Phase 1b.
In the meantime, it is important to remain vigilant in COVID-19 prevention. Continue to protect yourself and others by using all of the tools in our public health toolbox: wear a mask, social distance, practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and follow quarantine and isolation protocols if exposed to COVID-19
At Georgetown, we don't just care about your academic wellness; we also care about your physical and mental wellness. Take a break from studying and get in a workout at the George W. Bush Center for Fitness. You can run, lift weights, play a pick-up game of basketball, or participate in intramural sports. Your GCard is required for entry.
Feeling under the weather? Schedule an appointment with Health Services. Our campus PA sees students by appointment Monday-Friday between 9 AM and 4 PM. Appointments with our PA are completely free and don't require health insurance. Students can schedule an appointment by calling (502) 863-8201. Family members cannot make appointments for students unless the student is under the age of 18.
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