Release Date: April 1, 2015
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) will recognize National Public Health Week April 3-12 with a series of events that highlight and celebrate public health efforts locally and globally.
All events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, all take place on UB’s South Campus.
“We have a number of exciting events taking place that highlight various areas of public health and the breadth of our school,” says Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD, dean of the SPHHP.
National Public Health Week at UB kicks off on April 3 with the annual Saxon Graham Lecture by world-renowned cancer epidemiologist Tim Byers, MD, a former collaborator of Graham’s. Byers will give his talk, “Nutrition and Cancer: Personal Reflections on 40 Years of Slow Progress,” at 11:30 a.m. in 144 Farber Hall. For those unable to attend, the lecture will be live streamed at http://bit.ly/1OdnuuC.
Byers is professor of epidemiology at the University of Colorado, Denver; associate director for cancer prevention and control at the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center; and associate dean for public health practice and director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health. His research interests include epidemiologic and clinical studies of nutrients as protective factors in certain cancers; treatment decision-making by patients and physicians; cancer genetics; and programs to promote early cancer detection.
Other events planned for Public Health Week:
In addition to these events, UB students from the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior’s Graduate Student Association will take part in renovating a home for Habitat for Humanity.
More information about UB’s celebration of National Public Health Week is available at sphhp.buffalo.edu/nphw.
Additional sponsors include the Office of Global Health Initiatives, Office of Interprofessional Education, Institute for Person-Centered Care, Pi Theta Epsilon, Tau Chapter Student Occupational Therapy Association, School of Social Work Graduate Student Association (GSA), Physical Therapy Club, Nursing Student GSA and the UB GSA.
The UB School of Public Health and Health Professions offers undergraduate and graduate degree level programs, and is home to five departments; Biostatistics, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Community Health and Health Behavior, Rehabilitation Science and Epidemiology and Environmental Health. It is one of only a few schools across the country that includes health-related professions as an integral component of the public health educational and research system, and is the only accredited public health program in Western New York. SPHHP is located on the South Campus of University at Buffalo in Kimball Tower. For more information about the school, visit www.sphhp.buffalo.edu.