National Public Health Week

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Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. Where we live, learn, work, worship and play affects each of us and can determine our health and life expectancy. In the workplace, let’s partner across public and private sectors to make sure decisions are made with the public’s health in mind. Within our communities, let’s start new conversations with our neighbors and become advocates for positive change. Working together, we can build healthier communities and eventually, the healthiest nation. But we need your help to get there.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is committed to promoting a healthy campus and providing resources that promote the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff. In collaboration with UMB Student Affairs' Integrated Health Committee, National Public Health Week (NPHW) is designed to engage UMB community on key public health issues in Baltimore, Maryland, and around the world. During each day of NPHW, we focus on a particular public health topic. Then, we identify ways each of us can make a difference on that topic. These areas are critical to our future success in creating the healthiest nation, and everyone can do their part to help.

Signature Events

Mindfulness Trivia with MPH Students
Monday, April 5, 2021
Noon - 12:30 p.m.
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Burnout: Managing Wellbeing
Monday, April 5, 2021
Noon - 12:30 p.m.
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Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training
Monday, April 5, 2021
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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Wellness Fair
Tuesday, April 6 and 7, 2021
Noon - 1 p.m.
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Fireside Chat with the UMB Infection Prevention Team
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Noon - 12:30 p.m.
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Naloxone Training
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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Truth-Seeking in an Age of Tribalism
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Noon - 1 p.m.
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Journey Through Schizophrenia
Thursday, April 8, 2021
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
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Raffle Alert

We are raffling off prizes each day of National Public Health week. You can be entered into the daily raffle by attending an event for at least 45 minutes. You can earn multiple entries each day. Prizes include 3 Amazon Echo Dots, an Air Fryer, a Smart Water Bottle. At the end of the week, we will be raffling off a GRAND PRIZE, a single-use coffee maker. All entries throughout the week will be entered for the GRAND PRIZE. Daily winners will not be excluded. Additional entries will be provided during our social media takeover. Follow @UMBStudentAffairs for more opportunities. Only UMB students are eligible to win a raffle item.

2021 Live Webinars

Recap of Previous Years

Recap of 2019

UMB's Scholars for Recovery and School of Medicine's Community Health Addictions Team (CHAT) hosted the first Naloxone training for the entire UMB community and surrounding area. Since 2011, drug overdoses have claimed more lives than car crashes, gun violence, suicides, or homicides. The staggering numbers resulted in a declaration of a public health emergency in 2017, and a community "call to action" to stem the mounting tide of opiate-related deaths. Our student leaders empowered the community on how and when to administer Naloxone, a lifesaving medication that reverses opiate overdoses and strategies to engage actively using patients about healthy behaviors. The Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition (BHRC) provided Naloxone kits and training for the student-organized event held on March 30 as our kick-off event for National Public Health Week. The event sold out with over 130 participants! Looking to get a Naloxone kit? Those who did not get a kit or prefer a nasal inhaler are directed to two branches of the University Pharmacy, which will fill a standing order that in some circumstances costs the recipient as little as $1.

Read more about the event on University of Maryland, Baltimore's Facebook page.

A big thank you to all the student organizations that have supported and are participating in our first “National Public Health Week” at UMB, including SOM's Community Health Addictions Team (CHAT), Family Medicine Interest Group, Emergency Medicine Interest Group, and Occupational Medicine Interest Group; UMB's Scholars for Recovery and Indian Association; and School of Nursing's Students United for Policy, Education, and Research (SUPER). And thank you to all our student services for your support including UMB's MPowering the State, The Grid, School of Medicine's Public Health program, School of Nursing's Sustainability Team, and URecFit.

NPHW Events 2019

  • Prevention and Reversal of Opioid Overdose
  • Drunk and Distracted Driving
  • Dancing into a Healthier UMB
  • Wellness Fair
  • Public Health Research Day at Maryland
  • Beta Tau Chapter of Delta Omega: Advances in Public Health 
  • #NPHW Twitter Chat
  • Public Health Networking Event
  • Decrease Your Carbon Footprint

The initiative resulted in over 1,100 UMB faculty, staff and students participating throughout the week.