HAPPI 2014- Public Health Events

This summer, The UNC-CH Gillings School of Global Public Health has been very busy spreading the word about Public Health-a “hidden gem.” On June 2nd, the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health hosted a town hall style conversation about the School-to-Prison Pipeline. After watching a 15 minute clip, by the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, about the local impact of the School-to-Prison Pipeline there was an hour long conversation with professionals who work with people dealing with this issue. There was representation from juvenile centers, schools, and the judicial system who gave their perspective on how to fix the issue and alternative methods to punish students who misbehave. The following day, June 3rd, the 20th National Health Equity Research Webcast filmed live featured three key speakers: Anthony A. Peguero (Associate Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech), Melina Angelos Healey(Judicial Clerk and Lawyer), and Gary Flowers (CEO of Gary Flowers and Associates). The three speakers each gave a 20 minute presentation and answered questions from the in-studio and web audience. The NHERW webcast, The School-to-Prison Pipeline: From Perceptions to Solutions, was a great success and started a discussion that will affect our future and . Hopefully the discussion will not end here. The following link leads to a video of the webcast: http://sph.unc.edu/webcast/sph-webcasts/?webcast_id=2014-06-03_wc2000sp2014

Later in the summer, GSGPH hosted the 3rd Annual Summer Public Health Symposium for High School Students. There were three sessions of the Symposium that lasted from Sunday-Tuesday. During the three days, the students went to sessions (including What is Public Health? Understanding Health Disparities, and Public Health Messages), went on a campus tour, and gave group presentations on the final day. The students were separated into groups of 3-4 and gave a 10-12 minute presentation to their peers, family, and Public Health faculty on a Public Health topic of their choice. This program, spear-headed by Trinnete Cooper and Charletta Sims-Evans, aims to target students early and expose them to options they may not have heard about previously. Once students know about Public Health, they can be recruited once they come to college. Feedback from the students show that they really enjoy and appreciate the Symposium and actually wish it lasted longer. Gillings School of Global Public Health will continue to host the program annually so look for it next year if you or someone you know may be interested. Visit sph.unc.edu for more information.

Explaining Health Care!

Last Summer, the partners of the HAPPI project put on a skit to provide a short explanation of the many aspects of the health field. Representatives from Public Health, Allied Health, Nursing, Medicine, and Social Work provide a quick look of what their job entails  in this situation where a spring break trip goes terribly wrong. Please follow the link and take a look at the skit by playwright Nilan Johnson.

Spring Break Gone Wrong–HAPPI Skit

 

 

HAPPI Diversity Recruitment Events 2013

On July 16th and 17th , in the UNC School of Social Work, Sharon Thomas led HAPPI’s Diversity Recruitment Events for two groups of students.  The McNair Scholars and Carolina Advising Corp Students got a chance to hear about the different health schools at UNC. Representatives from Allied Health, Social Work, Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, and NC-HCAP presented vital information to the students about their respective programs and the many opportunities within their studies. The “working lunch” (provided by Jason’s Deli) provided a relaxed atmosphere where students were receptive to the information and appreciative for the presentation.

Program for HAPI Diversity Recruitment Event

Program for HAPPI Diversity Recruitment Event

Sharon Thomas speaking about School of Social Work with Carolina Advising Corp

Sharon Thomas speaking about School of Social Work with Carolina Advising Corp

Paula Borden speaking on NC-HCAP

Paula Borden speaking on NC-HCAP

Zakiyah Williams representing School of Public Health

Zakiyah Williams representing School of Public Health

Brenda Mitchell representing Department of Allied Health Sciences

Brenda Mitchell representing Department of Allied Health Sciences

McNair Scholars in attendance

McNair Scholars in attendance

Lunch provided for students and representatives

Lunch provided for students and representatives

HAPPI Book Award!!

books_stackedThe UNC Health Affairs Pipeline Partnership Initiative (HAPPI) is pleased to announce the availability of Fall 2013 Book Awards. In order to receive full consideration for a book award, you must:
-be an enrolled UNC Chapel Hill student for the Fall 2013 semester
-in good academic standing
- have participated in a HAPPI program/event between September 2012 – August 2013.
Graduate and undergraduate students may apply, however preference will be given to those that are newly admitted or currently enrolled in a Health Affairs Program, or on a trajectory for a health affairs discipline at UNC Chapel Hill. The minimum award will be $250.
 
Email Brenda Mitchell (brenda_mitchell@med.unc.edu) or Sharon Thomas (sharon_thomas@unc.edu) for an application. Students must complete the application and submit it by August 2, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered. This application is not associated with federal financial aid. Please send your completed application to Brenda MitchellE-mail delivery is preferred, but you may deliver your application to Ms. Mitchell at Bondurant Hall 1023, C.B. # 7120.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

Hole in the Head: A Life Revealed

On Friday, June 21st, the S.E.P. and M.E.D. scholars at UNC had an opportunity to watch a documentary entitled Hole in the Head: A Life Revealed. The filmmaker, and author of the book with the same title, Dr. Wilbert Smith, attended the viewing as well. He spoke about his journey, which started in 2006, with Vertus Hardiman and how he was inspired to make the film and book. Hardiman was one of ten students who were irradiated in 1927, receiving over 35,000 times the amount of radiation recommended, at a Sanatorium in Lyles Station, Indiana. At the age of 85, he chose to share his story with Dr. Smith and share a painful secret. Smith and Hardiman documented the last two years of Mr. Vertus Hardiman’s life as the effects of radiation continued to haunt him. The radiation caused the deterioration of Hardiman’s head and skull. Cancer, caused by the radiation, was the ultimate cause of his death, but the radiation triggered burning and constant pain for Hardiman. The encouraging story of forgiveness and love shines through the documentary.

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Filmmaker Dr. Wilbert Smith speaking to students about the documentary

For more information or to order the story visit : http://www.holeinthehead.com 

June 7th-9th…What a Weekend!

During the weekend of Friday June 7th through Sunday June 9th, the partners of HAPI were busy spreading the word about Heath Careers! Throughout the entire weekend, a Public Heath Symposium for High School Students was headed by Trinnette Cooper. Twenty students from all over North Carolina stayed on the campus of UNC to learn about Public Health through lectures and activities. The event culminated with the students presenting what they learned from their research on specific topics. The Symposium is an annual event we hope to continue to provide for years to come!

Students interview people on Franklin St. about their views on bullying.

Students interview people on Franklin St. about their views on bullying.

Students Present on Cancer, Bullying, and Health Disparities

Students Present on Cancer, Bullying, and Health Disparities

Also on Saturday, June 8th, S.E.P students and Public Health Scholars volunteered at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The participants’ transitioned to their pre-assigned race locations.  Truly the event was an eye opening experience for the students and they took away a lot with regard to learning about Breast Cancer, celebrating the women/men that are in remission and remembering those that we have lost. Trinnette Cooper, Paula Borden, Brenda Mitchell, and Chanel Blaylock are partners of HAPI who aided in the events’ success.

Ms. Paula Borden and mascot

Ms. Paula Borden and mascot

Students participating in an activity

Students participating in an activity

S.E.P. students at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

S.E.P. students at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

S.E.P. students at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

S.E.P. students at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

SEP Students Learn About Allied Health!

SEP Students Learning About Allied Health

SEP Students Learning About Allied Health

photo 1On May 29th, 2013 students in the Science Enrichment Preparation Program (SEP) at UNC participated in a workshop where they learned about disciplines in Allied Health. Representatives from the Department of Allied Health Services came to speak to the students about their respective fields. The divisions of Allied Heath at UNC are: Clinical Laboratory Science, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Radiologic Science, Speech and Hearing Science, and Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology. SEP students actively listened to the presentations and answered questions about them to win prizes.  Shadowing opportunities will be available for students to observe the careers in which they are interested. The afternoon was great and the Health Careers Partnership Initiative plans to provide more opportunities resembling this workshop.