September 2013 – Dr. Regina Benjamin, 18th United States Surgeon General, was announced at a press conference on September 13, 2013
Dr. Regina Benjamin, 18th United States Surgeon General, was announced at a press conference on September 13, 2013 as the nola.com/The Times-Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health. Photos are of the students and staff of the Department of Public Health Sciences with Dr. Benjamin at the conference. Also is a photo of Ms. Raven Holmes, a Public Health Sciences major, introducing Dr. Benjamin at the conference. Dr. Kenneth Boutte, Department Head, and Dr. Norman Francis, University President, welcome Dr. Benjamin to Xavier.
August 2013 – Xavier Starts a GlobeMed Chapter in Public Health Sciences
Recently, Xavier University of Louisiana became part of the 2013 GlobeMed chapter class. Xavier University of Louisiana joins three other HBCUs in becoming one of the first HBCUs to have a GlobeMed chapter on their campus.
The purpose of GlobeMed is to educate and train student advocates for global health equity by building a movement of people who believe in health and justice for all. GlobeMed accomplishes this by partnering university chapters with a Global Partner. Over 1,500 students at 50 universities are working with partner organizations across 4 continents. From Lima, Peru to Siem Reap, Cambodia, we are improving the health of 50 communities around the world. GlobeMed at Xavier University of Louisiana is partnered with the Food and Rural Development Foundation (FORUDEF). This organization is dedicated to promoting the wise use of natural resources, the improvement of rural living standards and the building of local capacities through partnership, training, advocacy and the sharing of information in the Southwest region of Cameroon. In addition to working with a global partner to improve their health, members of GlobeMed also have an opportunity to travel to the partner organization and assist with health improvements. Next summer, members of GlobeMed at Xavier will have the opportunity to travel to Cameroon to work on-site with FORUDEF.
GlobeMed Co-Presidents are Public Health Sciences majors Raven Holmes and Jamilla Emerson. GlobeMed will be holding an informational session for additional board members in September 2013. Dr. Krista D. Mincey serves as the faculty advisor of GlobeMed.
Summer 2013 – Dr. Kamrun Mustafa visits Bangladesh
Dr. Kamrun Mustafa attended a seminar on Public Health and Women’s Empowerment in Dhaka, Bangladesh during summer 2013. Organized by Bangladesh University of Health Sciences, Dr. Mustafa was the keynote speaker and was presided over by Prof. Liaquat Ali, Vice-Chancellor of the university. Members of the public health faculty, senior university officials, and students attended the seminar. In her address entitled, “Women’s Empowerment: An Essential Precondition”, Dr. Mustafa pointed out that any attempt to enhance the status of public health must include active participation of women as they are the ones who embed the habits of healthy lifestyle among our next generation. She also noted that women’s participation is often ignored in health sector.
Dr. Mustafa also visited the State University of Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh and attended a session of the university’s “Monthly Panel Discussion” as an invited guest. Here she presented a paper on “Using Media in Public Health Programs in Bangladesh”. The paper presentation was followed by a question-answer session from the audience. Dr. Mustafa pointed out that the government of Bangladesh (GOB) has been undertaking many programs aimed at improving the health status of the general population, especially the underserved populations, including women, but that scarcity of resources was often cited as a possible obstacle. Dr. Mustafa differed in this aspect and said that newer information technologies were cheaper and easy to access. In this connection she suggested that the public health programs in Bangladesh should aggressively use the mobile phone based Internet technology. With almost 100 million users, Bangladesh is the 12th leading user of cell phones in the world.
July 2013 – Xavier Public Health Sciences Majors Featured in Nation’s Health
Xavier University of Louisiana Public Health majors were featured in Nation’s Health, the official newspaper of the American Public Health Association in the newspaper’s section on National Public Health Week (April 1-April7, 2013). For national public health week, students developed programs for fellow university students. On April 4, students in PHLT 2002: Health Promotion Program Planning class implemented programs such as distribution of information on substance abuse, activity bags with healthy snacks, a quick guide on how students can improve their health, and brochures on healthy ways to cope with stress. The brochures on stress were placed in the campus Counseling and Wellness Center.
April 2013 – Dr. Krista Mincey Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society
Dr. Krista D. Mincey was inducted into the Gamma Theta chapter of Delta Omega on April 26, 2013 at her alma mater Georgia Southern University in The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (Statesboro, Georgia). Delta Omega was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University in their school of public health as a national honor society to encourage research and scholarship among graduate students of public health and to recognize attainment and achievement in the field of public health. With over 50 active chapters, Delta Omega and its members are dedicated to ensuring the quality of the field of public health and to the protection and advancement of the health of all people. In addition to her induction, Dr. Mincey was also elected to the position of President-Elect for this chapter.
Our first class of Public Health Sciences Majors and Minors participated in the Student Orientation on September 26, 2012.
Our first class of Public Health Sciences Majors and Minors participated in the Student Orientation on September 26, 2012. (click to enlarge).