Organize on (or off) campus

Students are the backbone of National Public Health Week. Student leaders can help raise awareness on or off your local campus about the value of public health and our collective work to create a healthier nation.

There are countless ways to get involved and take action. By participating in NPHW and celebrating Student Day on April 8, you’re helping your generation serve as a model of public health!

You can plan a rally or partner with another campus organization to host a seminar on prevention and active living, organize a research symposium for students to present scholarly and creative work or invite local public health officials to campus to promote their campaigns and services. See additional examples below that can be adapted whether you are on, or off, campus this semester:

  1. Host a movie night. Choose a movie highlighting a public health issue you and your fellow students are passionate about and hold a group discussion afterward. Some examples could include "Contagion" or "Dallas Buyers Club."
  2. Lead a physically distanced exercise class. Host an exercise class with your classmates to encourage health habits in a fun setting. Spread out on the quad for a socially distanced Pilates class, relax at home with virtual yoga or recruit local exercise instructors to host a Zoom session for your group.
  3. Engage alumni for a professional development and networking panel. Coordinate with your university alumni association to invite public health professionals to present to your student organization about their pathways to leadership.
  4. Start a book club. Pick a different book each month related to a public health topic and participate in group discussions about what you learned. To make meetings even more engaging, coordinate with professors and teaching assistants for guest speakers. The author may even be interested in participating in a virtual session if you reach out! ASPPH’s This Is Public Health Book Club can provide structure and suggest books, too.
  5. Plan a topic-based webinar. Collaborate with your school and local organizations to host a panel discussion on a topic you are passionate about, such as sustainability, racial justice and equality or climate change. Invite professors or researchers well versed in the topic to share their insight.
  6. Host a "speed-dating" public health meet-up. Plan a physically distanced or virtual event for young public health professionals and students. This could include breakout groups, ice breakers or a game night.
  7. Hold a fundraiser supporting a cause you are passionate about. NPHW is a great time to give back to your local community! You could host events like a menstrual product drive by teaming up with local women’s organizations, or hold a food drive across campus where students donate non perishable food to the local food pantry.
  8. Host an outreach event. Is there a public health concern that is particularly important to your classmates or your local community? Consider hosting an event to address this public health need. Previous student groups have hosted educational events featuring local health professionals on various topics like breastfeeding, mental health and skin cancer prevention.
  9. Promote APHA Student Day events at your school. This year, NPHW Student Day is Thursday, April 8. Share APHA’s events, including a panel and Q&A on how to make the jump from public health student to professional, and a special session just for APHA Student Assembly members!

Find full details and other events on the NPHW calendar

APHA's Student Assembly is the nation’s largest student-led organization dedicated to furthering the development of education and opportunities for students, the next generation of professionals in public health and health-related disciplines. The Student Assembly represents and serves students of public health and other health-related disciplines by connecting individuals who are interested in working together on public health and student-related issues. The Student Assembly is available to all current APHA Student Members.

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