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U of M Will Promote Better Health During National Public Health Week

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
901-678-2843
gmaxey@memphis.edu

March 31, 2014 - The University of Memphis' School of Public Health (SPH) is celebrating National Public Health Week March 31-April 7.

The SPH will hold its awards luncheon Wednesday, April 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Center River Room. The School will recognize four individuals with the Public Health Champion Award: Doug McGowen, director of the Memphis Innovation Delivery Team; Ed Rafalski, senior vice president, Strategic Planning and Marketing, for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; William Tuttle, vice president, Planning Memphis Metro Market, for Baptist Memorial Health Care; and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

Also at the luncheon, the SPH will honor the winners of its annual interdisciplinary case competition that engages faculty and students in a collaborative educational process designed to develop innovative, integrative solutions to local real‐world problems. Graduate students from across the University were invited to participate in a case designed to address pressing public health issues in Shelby County. This year's case was based on the theme "Health in All Policies."

Other events planned for the week include:

March 31 – "Tobacco Education," 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Center lobby
April 1 – Midday Moves: "Soccer Drills," 12:30 a.m., Alumni Mall
April 2 – "What is Public Health: Spin the Model for Healthy Living," 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., UC room 300 foyer
April 3 – Midday Moves: "Kan Jam Ultimate Disc Frisbee," 12:30 p.m., Alumni Mall
April 4 – Dr. Paige Powell, along with colleagues from Christ Community Health Services, will answer questions about the Affordable Care Act, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., UC lobby.

Themes for the week include maternal health and school nutrition; disaster preparedness; disease prevention; eating well; and best practices for community health from around the globe.

For more information about how the School of Public Health embraces the spirit of the week all year long, visit the website, www.memphis.edu/sph.

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