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WPHA Projects Recognized Nationally

Thursday, May 26, 2016  
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Two Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) projects were recently highlighted in national news.  The Campus Connector Network and Diversity Matters Project were featured in APHA's The Nation's Health for projects held during National Public Health Week (week of April 4-8).

The Wisconsin Public Health Association supported a number of National Public Health Week events at universities across the state. At the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, Wisconsin, community members, students, faculty and career service representatives set up shop at a Public Health Expo to raise awareness about public health and careers in the field. At the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, organizers of a Public Health Expo highlighted the many ways organizations are working to create the healthiest nation in one generation. And at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, students kicked off NPHW by planting their own herb seeds to take home and grow. Geared toward graduate public health students, the event was designed to highlight healthy food access and encouraged participants to eventually use the herbs in nutritious dishes. To help reduce garbage waste, students reused old milk cartons from a local elementary school to plant their seeds.

Also in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Diversity Matters: Recruiting Wisconsin’s Future Public Health Workforce project hosted its first Public Health Career and Internship Fair during National Public Health Week. Organized to reach high school and early college-age students and their parents, the fair took place at the University of Wisconsin Zilber School of Public Health and had a superhero theme. During the event, designated public health superheroes working in various sectors across Wisconsin offered internship and career advice and discussed how students can make a difference in their communities by choosing a career in public health. Diversity Matters: Recruiting Wisconsin’s Future Public Health Workforce is a five-year project funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.

See the full news release (link)


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