By Heather Reifsnyder
LLU’s public health students focused on campus education as they celebrated National Public Health Week, April 2–8.
The School of Public Health’s student association leaders planned the week’s events. Their hope was to show examples of public health works within the global and local communities, according to Claudine Kabera, student association vice president of finance.
“We wanted to show the Loma Linda University community what is being done on international, national, and local levels and give them ideas of how they can contribute to the improvement of public health,” she says.
The week’s activities included setting up an information booth after the daily chapels of Week of Devotion, which fell during the same week. Each day, the booth had information about a different topic; these included home safety, environmental sanitation, and nutrition.
The student association also made information available in the Nichol Hall rotunda during appointed times of the week. This focused on organizations such as the Peace Corps that work to improve public health.
There was also a research symposium, during which public health students learned about the various research projects going on in their School.
David Dyjack, DrPH, dean of the School, attended the symposium and expressed how the students impressed him with the week they planned.
The Public Health Week activities also included Red Cross CPR and first aid training, a hike in the hills of Loma Linda, and—in conjunction with Students for International Mission Service—a movie and barbecue on the lawn.
Furthermore, the student association sponsored a poster contest, the theme of which was “what public health means to you.” Student John Nisperos won.
Ian Hudson, student association religious vice president, said Public Health Week provided a venue for acting out their values.
“We hoped to build on what we do all year: try to equip people to live healthier lives,” he says.