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D’Youville Celebrates National Public Health Week

D’Youville Celebrates National Public Health Week

Every April, organizations highlight issues that are important to improving our nation's health, as well as, recognize those who have made significant contributions to public health for National Public Health Week (NPHW). 

D’Youville is hosting events the entire first week of April to help educate the campus and the surrounding community on health-related issues to help improve the well-being of others. Renee Cadzow PhD, chair and associate professor of Health Services Administration, says D’Youville’s participation in National Public Health Week allows the College to extend out into the community to local and regional areas which leads to a ripple effect in the overall health of the nation. 

“Participating in National Public Health Week allows us to experience a sense of comradery and community with institutions and agencies across the country who also offer events and information similar to D’Youville,” she said. “We also recognize that these ‘little cells of decency’ that we create in our local environment, combined with all of those other cells across the nation, will be what heals us on a population level.” 

The events that D’Youville will host are designed to increase the awareness of health disparities, especially here in Western New York, as well as provide an opportunity for people to learn about ways to ensure they are treating their friends, colleagues, and neighbors with respect and understanding.  

Cadzow says the week can help those in any profession, not just in the healthcare fields. “The events provide an understanding of the history of some of the health-related issues that affect us today and how we can be part of what the future of those issues looks like through our work, not only in health professions, but in any profession or career upon which students embark,” she added. 

National Public Health Week Events

On Monday, April 1, a screening of the documentary Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and in Wealth will be shown from 5-7:30 PM in the Madonna Lounge. The film explores racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health and suggests there is much more to our health than bad habits, health care, or unlucky genes. Those interested in attending must RSVP using the Eventbrite page. 

On Tuesday, April 2, a screening of the movie How to Survive a Plague will be held from 5-7 PM in the D’Youville Academic Center (DAC) Room 512. The film follows a group of activists, many of them HIV-positive, and tells the story of how creative activism turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. 

On Thursday, April 4, sociologist and author Lisa Wade PhD, will discuss the research that sparked her newest book, American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus. Wade’s discussion will be held at 7:30 PM in the Blue Lounge, located on the first floor of the College Center. 

On Friday, April 5 a LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training will be held in the DAC, Room 411 from 1-3 PM. The event looks to define and discuss LGBTQ terminology, recognize the difference between sex and gender, and create an understanding of how beliefs perpetuate oppression. 


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