February 12th, 2016 - In This Issue:
  
February is Black History Month 
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month, PHPD would like to bring focus people who have made important contributions to the Public Health field and events that are relevant to our diverse community. If know of people you would like featured, or related events, please email Diane Hennan to have the information included in next week's newsletter.
  
This Week's Highlights
 
Alice Ball was the first African American and first woman to graduate with a Masters of Science in chemistry from the University of Hawaii and the first woman to teach chemistry at the university. Her research centered on the effect of chaulmoogra oil on patients with Hansen disease. In 1918 an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 78 patients were able to go home after being treated by Ball's chaulmoogra injections.
  
Sara Winifred Brown, born in 1868 in Winchester, Virginia, was a teacher and a physician who spent her lifetime helping others to help themselves. From working as a Red Cross relief worker during a series of floods to becoming the first female trustee of Howard University, Brown devoted much of her life to the public service of others. Dr. Brown also gave extensively of herself, helping many local and national organizations such as the Women's War Council, which appointed her one of 50 female physicians in its "Flying Squadron." The American Red Cross drafted her as a relief worker in Mississippi and Louisiana following severe flooding in 1927. In 1930, Dr. Brown was named as a physician to accompany a Gold Star Mothers pilgrimage to France.
  
 
EVENTS
 
Conversation with Mark Brimhall-Vargas - February 12
All are cordially invited to gather for an informal interview with Tufts Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost, Mark Brimhall-Vargas, hosted by Provost, Davis Harris. The event will be held on the Medford campus in the Coolidge Room of Ballou Hall from 4-6PM. Please RSVP to Provost@tufts.edu.
  
Racial & Ethnic Health & Health Care Disparities & Dysfunction Seminar - February  16
The Looking Back seminar reviews a key historical topic in racial and ethnic disparities and highlights its impact on present-day configurations of disparities. The information presented in this seminar will be indispensable for participants interested in applying lessons learned from the past to correct the contemporary crisis we face in our health care system today. This event is free and open to the public, and members of local health care organizations are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to reserve your spot, and visit the DSC website for more information. A light lunch will be served.
  
SNMA's Annual Multicultural Performing Arts Gala - February 19
Tufts Student National Medical Association cordially invites you to our Annual Multicultural Performing Arts Gala. We are happy to announce that TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE! Come out & watch your classmates show that school isn't the only thing they are good at! Guest performers will also be present! Doors open @6:45PM. All proceeds benefit the Colleen Romain Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to high school students applying to college.  Tickets $10 until February 18th, and $12 the day of the event. Purchase tickets here. If you have questions, please contact tufts@snma.org
 
MOON Study Poster Contest- Deadline March 31
 A BU study, entitled Maximizing OpiOd safety with Naloxone (MOON) has announced the start of a Study Poster Contest.  The contest is now open to the public and the deadline to submit an entry is Thursday, March 31, 2016.  Four prizes (two -$1000 prizes and two- $500 prizes) will be awarded to the top two posters in each category. This is a chance to put your health promotion, social marketing, and artistic skills in action!  Please click here for more information.
 
  
GOOD TO KNOW
  
Social Medicine Course -  Deadline February 15
Attention medical, nursing, public health, and other allied health students: One month remains to apply for the summer 2016 Social Medicine Course in Haiti! All health profession students with an interest in global health and social justice and proficiency in French are invited to apply. The course will take place from July 10-30 in Cange, Haiti. See here for course and application information.
 
Schweitzer Fellowship for Continuing Students - Deadline February 15
This is a sponsored opportunity to create and implement your own community health project. Click here for more info.
  
H. Jack Geiger Public Health Advocacy Award Applications- Deadline February 26
This award is given to a graduating student from the Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Programs (PHPD) who has demonstrated a body of work contributing to advocacy for public health and social justice. By recognizing such work, the Tufts PHPD hopes to instill in all students a lifelong interest in and commitment to advancing social justice and the health of the public. For more information, please email Tony Schlaff.
 
Student Activity Fund Application - Deadline March 15
Applications can be emailed to the Olivia Zimra-Turley or dropped off in person. Please review the application  in detail for requirements before submitting.  Late submissions will not be accepted. 
 
Tufts Online Community
Graduating in February? Tufts online community is a great way to stay connected after you leave. Stay tuned for the updated online community platform. In the meantime, the current online community is a great place to start.  
 
PHPD Public Health Rounds Newsletter
The PHPD newsletter is now available online. Please click here to read about Tufts' role in studying opioid usage, a message from Dean Must and more.
  
Sign Up for Upcoming Eco-Ambassador Trainings
The Eco-Ambassador program is a network of employees across Tufts who serve as sustainability representatives in their offices and implement office sustainability projects. To join, interested staff and faculty attend trainings led by the Office of Sustainability on a range of sustainability topics. Registration is now open for two-day training programs on the Medford and Grafton campuses - learn more here.
  
PHPD Alumni Group
Be sure to stay connected with students, faculty and alumni though our LinkedIn group.
CAREER SERVICES
 
 PHPD Career Services Open House- February 22
Drop by the student lounge (3:30-5:30PM), grab some dinner, enter a raffle for prizes, and play our CC scavenger hunt for some Tufts' themed prizes. Get a 5 minute resume review and learn how Career Services can help you with your job search.
 
Career Steps to Success  (CSTS) 3: Writing the E-Cover Letter Webinar- February 25
Sending an e-cover letter? Learn the protocol for sending a letter that gets read!  In this webinar we'll focus on tips to ensure that your next job application gets maximum attention. Register through Career Connector. Registered students will receive the webinar link 24 hours before the event, which beings at noon.
 
Career Steps to Success (CSTS)
This webinar series is designed to help build your search skills. As you explore internships and interviews, it's essential you have the tools in your toolbox to access when you need them. All webinars are held on Thursdays from 12:00-12:30PM. Register through Career Connector.
For more information on how we can help you, please see our website.
GET TO WORK  
 
Social Media Coordinator Internship with GRACE Cares
Growth Resources Action Community Empowerment Cares is looking for a Social Media Coordinator. This position will focus on social media presence, campaigns, and community engagement for fund development and education. Internship can be performed remotely, with a preference for the Brattleboro, VT or Boston, MA. Current students are eligible to register for course credit. Information can be found here.
 
Communications Intern
Reporting to the Director of Community Health Operations and Projects, the Communications Intern at the The Center for Community Health and Health Equity (CCHHE) at Brigham and Women's Hospital will work with the team on the creation and development of messages and material that will advance the Center's communications goal and demonstrate its programs impact. Please log in to CC for details.
 
Tufts Nutrition/Infectious Disease Unit Database Assistant Opening - Due February 28
Design, program and implement new databases. Improve design, programming and functioning of existing databases. Program and implement new computerized survey instruments and changes to existing programs using specialized software programs. For more details and to apply, visit Career Connector.
 
Tufts Nutrition/Infectious Disease Unit Laboratory Assistant Opening - Due February 28
Working with a research team to provide support in the lab (blood processing, pulling samples, archiving samples, and updating the freezer database). For more details and to apply, visit Career Connector.
 
ASPPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship Program - Due March 10
ASPPH is pleased to offer recent graduates from ASPPH-member schools and programs of public health an exciting opportunity to gain experience in injury prevention and motor vehicle and highway safety issues with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, DC. Applications are currently being accepted for the ASPPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship Program.  The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM, Friday, March 10.
 
Outreach Manager, Maven Project
Alumna Lisa Schmerling is seeking a seeking a tech savvy outreach manager for this early-stage organization. This position is geared toward someone with strong social media and communication skills and knowledge of the US health care system. 2-3 years of experience in a corporate or nonprofit setting preferred. Please log in to CC for additional details.
  
Check-In with Career Connector
There are several great post-grad Fellowship programs currently accepting applications including:
  • ASPPH/CDC Global Health Fellows Program
  • ASPPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellows Program
  • Global Health Corps has 150 post-grad fellowships available
  • National Cancer Institute -National Health Communication Tobacco Fellow
  • CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship
  • James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
  • Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship
  • ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship Program
Visit Career Connector for more details!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
  
Performing Music at St. Francis Homeless Shelter
If you enjoy playing an instrument or singing, you are welcome at St. Francis House in the mornings and afternoons. St. Francis House is a five minute walk from Tufts, and it's a great way to take a study break and bring a little light to those in need. If you are interested, please email Jim Whitledge.
  
The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
Unless The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (a student-run shelter) finds 20 more volunteers, they will be unable be able to open and therefore unable to provide lifesaving services to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. If interested, email hshs.volunteer@gmail.com with your shift preference.
  
Cancer Resource Volunteers
The American Cancer Society  is seeking Cancer Resource VolunteersTraining is provided.  Please contact Michele Dilley directly at 508-270-4644.
STUDENT WELLNESS GROUPS
  
The Student Wellness Group
The Student Wellness Group at Tufts focuses on promoting student health and well-being holistically through education, awareness, and peer support. SWG is looking for members interested in joining efforts to foster a community that provides both personal and academic fulfillment and growth. Please contact Neil Parekh or Namrita George if you are interested.
  
Free Yoga for Students
The Student Advisory & Health Administration Office is sponsoring a beginner's level yoga & meditation class. Please register via email to  Jessica McLaughlin. Please include your program/school and email when registering.  Classes are FREE!
  
Grief Support Group
Are you mourning the death of a family member/friend while at school? Do you need help coping with the loss of a loved one? Or, if you have you experienced this, would you feel comfortable sharing your story with others?  Please RSVP to Sharon Snags  if you have any questions and for meeting information.
  
Support Group for Students Dealing with Family Illness
Are you struggling to care for a family member who is ill or disabled while balancing the demands of school? Join this support group, where you can meet with others dealing with this particular issue.  The kick-off meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3, from 12:00 - 1:00pm, in Sackler 220. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Sharon Snags  if you will be able to attend so we can have a headcount for lunch.
  
  
  
CONFERENCES 
 
The Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale - Apr 16-17
The Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend conference convenes leaders, change-makers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Register in January for a highly-reduced registration rate.
 
One epidemiology student will win roundtrip airfare, three nights at a hotel, and registration for the 2016 CSTE Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska-the largest epidemiology event in the United States. Students can apply by submitting three brief responses on this online form by March 28, 2016.
ECO-AMBASSADOR TIP
 
The Tufts Office of Sustainability (ENVS) Lunch and Learn Series
This site contains easy ways to help reduce waste that don't require huge changes. Things as simple as pouring in your creamer and sugar into your coffee mug FIRST, then your coffee and skipping the stir stick can make a small difference! Take the challenge to incorporate as many ideas as possible into your routine.
  
Tufts Freecycle E-List 
Got a cool new table and not sure what to do with the old one? Need some mugs or a set of pots and pans? Office supplies? The Tufts Freecycle Elist is your central source for free exchange. Eco-Ambassador Stacie Simon created the elist to facilitate reuse by students, staff, and faculty. Sign up and let people know what you're giving away and to see what's available from others.
IN THE BLOGOSPHERE

 

Read the latest post on the Public Health blog: Know Your Nose: Seasonal Allergies are in the Air

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