2014 marked the fourth year the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health Student Association celebrated National Public Health Week. On Monday, April 7, 2014, the College of Public Health Student Association kicked of National Public Health Week 2014 with a Cooking Matters healthy cooking demonstration. Folks from Cooking Matters Omaha were on hand to teach some cooking tips and tricks and demonstrate how to make black bean quesadillas and rainbow fruit salad.
On Wednesday, April 9, the celebration continued with a screening of “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.” Attendees viewed the documentary discussing the American healthcare system. A panel discussion followed the film. Panelists included two primary care physicians and an MD/MPH student who discussed the film and local issues with the health/disease care system that they see in their practice in our community.
Thursday, April 10, brought beautiful spring weather and made for a perfect opportunity for students to get outside, get active, and relieve stress. College of Public Health students took to the grass to play a rousing game of whiffle ball – there’s nothing like a little friendly competition between students to foster community. In the stressful last few weeks of the semester, students were able to spend some time together, be active, and enjoy the outdoors all in celebration of public health!
The week’s festivities closed on Friday, April 11, with a National Public Health Week presentation by Dr. Joseph Acierno, Nebraska Chief Medical Officer and Director, Division of Public Health for Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. With the day’s theme of “Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation,” Dr. Acierno discussed the importance of building trusting and lasting relationships and partnerships between Colleges of Public Health and public health practitioners to build collaboration across the entire public health system, as well as the priorities for the Division of Public Health in Nebraska.