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PHSA Plans Full Schedule for Spring

Posted Jan. 31, 2013

The Kent State Public Health Student Alliance (PHSA) has an outstanding schedule of community outreach activities planned for Spring Semester 2013, according to executive board member and doctoral student Lorriane Odhiambo, MPH’ 12.  They’ll be having fun, doing good and promoting health.
 
January 31-February 2  Zumba Marathon to benefit Medwish International.  Medwish is a not-for-profit organization that repurposes medical supplies and equipment discarded by the health care industry with the objective of providing humanitarian aid in developing countries to save lives, as well as to reduce waste in the environment.  Fees for participating in the Zumba Marathon are $5 for one day; $8 for two days; and $12 for three days.  The event will be held in Room 204 of the Kent Student Center.  Sometime during the semester, students will also assist Medwish in sorting incoming medical supply donations, checking to ensure they are operational and not contaminated or expired before sending to countries in need.
 
February 7  Students will help promote National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, working with the university’s Office of Health Promotion.
 
March 17  The American Heart Association’s HeartChase™.  Students will promote participation in this event, which is a community-wide competition to uncover clues, solve puzzles and complete challenges.
 
March 19  PHSA members will help University Health Services’ Office of Health Promotion with its Spring Break Kickoff, staffing outreach tables to educate students about practicing healthy behaviors while on spring break, such as monitoring alcohol consumption and using sunscreen.

April 1-7  National Public Health Week.  Multiple activities will take place:
 
·      April 2  The PSHA’s third-annual Public Health Fair, which brings together students and the community.  Local and national health organizations are invited to exhibit to educate about their missions and to promote internships and careers.  In addition, the PHSA will again co-sponsor its successful LifeShare blood drive with the Office of Health Promotion.
 
·      April 4  National Alcohol Screening Day.  Students will staff this annual outreach, education and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and refers individuals with alcohol problems for further treatment.  Thousands of colleges, community-based organizations and military installations provide the program to the public each year.
 
·      April 5  The second-annual Art for Cancer silent auction to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  An elegant dinner and silent auction featuring fine art and crafts donated by faculty, staff and students, demonstrating their hidden talents.  Last year, $3,500 was raised total for Relay for Life, thanks to the support and generosity of the college and its students.
 
April 27  The Kent State University Relay for Life, to be held at the University Field House at 10:00 a.m.