The student association at Loma Linda University School of Public Health celebrated National Public Health Week 2011 by reaching out to fellow students in the university’s other seven professional schools with the message of safety. The timing coincided with the university-wide Week of Renewal, which brings the campus together for daily inspirational meetings. After the sessions dismissed, public health students were available outside the venue, April 4–7, to teach their peers about a different aspect of safety each day. To do so, they collaborated with community groups.
On Monday, the students covered safety at home, featuring the fire department, the Community Emergency Response Teams program, United Way, and the School of Public Health’s office of public health practice. Tuesday focused on safety at work, featuring the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Safety at play was the topic Wednesday, with activities such as a rock climbing wall, yoga, and health assessments. Thursday was devoted to safety on the move, focusing on transportation. The day included traffic accident simulations.
“This has been an exciting Public Health Week that not only brought together the students but also the community,” said Ms. Sherie Lou Santos, president of the student association. “We were really excited to host these events.”
Loma Linda held a banquet Thursday night, April 7, timed to coincide with both National Public Health Week and World Health Day. The banquet was followed by a school retreat April 8 through 10 at a nearby camp in the mountains.
[Photo: Six students visually celebrate National Public Health Week. From left are Mr. Anthony Bui, Ms. Teresa Yacoub, Mr. Lesford Duncan, Ms. Demetria Safaee, Ms. Tifa Kazadi, and Mr. Collin Haynes.]