If you follow PHU on Facebook (which you should because I update our page there all the time), you know that I’ve been teaching a course of my own design to Hopkins undergrads on science communication. To finish up the semester, the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition Executive Director came to train our students in how to use Narcan and taught us about harm reduction.
Here we all are post-training with our Narcan kits.
One of my big goals is to bring public health and science education to adults in a relaxed and fun environment (like bars, clubs, coffee shops…). Adult education is basically non-existant which makes it even more difficult for parents, families, adults to make informed health decisions (and even decide who to vote for). I try to bring local health focused organizations to clubs so that adults can interact with these professionals that they probably would never had the opportunity to interact with before.
On April 29, Public Health United sponsored our second public health awareness and charity party, this time bringing education and training on Narcan, the life saving opioid overdose antidote. All proceeds of the evening are being donated to the Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coaltion–a local non-profit that provides free harm reduction education and training to the public. We were able to offer attendees free trainings and kits so they can now be qualified to help people who are overdosing and even save lives. We also had tables with reps and info from Dancesafe & the American Public Health Association.
It was an extremely positive night and attendees just absolutely loved being able to talk health and recieve the Narcan kits in such a relaxed and open environment. We head a nationally touring DJ, Gazzo, headline the event. Gazzo had a friend die from heroin overdose several months ago–he learned that if his friend had access to Narcan, his life could have been saved. Everyone should get training!
One of the most confusing and politically charged topics, climate science remains a mystery to most. National Academy of Sciences President Ralph Cicerone tells us about his interesting path to the NAS (including a congressional hearing) and the concepts he wishes everyone understood about climate science.
In order to make our upcoming STI Prevention Charity event a huge success, we need your help to defray some of the costs of the event like the DJ fee, videographer, service fee, etc. Please help PHU by checking out our GoFundMe page, donating, and sharing on facebook or other social media outlets.
All we need are 250 people to donate $10 and we’ll reach our event fundraising goal! Any monies raised over that (and the proceeds of the cover charge and fundraising games) will be donated to Moveable Feast.
The Public Health Promotion Squad (the excellent group of volunteers organizing our Saints and Sinners STI Charity Event) has selected the community organization to benefit from our fundraiser: Moveable Feast. Moveable Feast has been serving Baltimore for over 25 years by providing AIDS patients with free meals and nutrition counseling. Check out their website here.
Over the next few days, I’ll be doing the annual remodeling of the website. Please be patient as things move around a little (and all of the “image not available” notices!). Hopefully it will be more aesthetically pleasing when it’s done.
Last Spring, I was voted into JHSPH Student Assembly as Vice President of Community Affairs & Public Health Promotion (excellent match for my interests!). One of the latest pushes is to get Student Assembly more involved in social media (check out our new accounts on Twitter and Instagram: @JHSPH_SA).
Through my VP role, I’ve already been able to participate in so many great activities at the school: yesterday I participated in a live Twitter session with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Deans Mike Klag and Josh Sharfstein along with other student leaders of the school. Head over to Twitter and search for #publichealthchat to read the conversation. It was a really great opportunity to engage with the public health community on twitter, learn fun Centennial facts about the School, and become more familiar with the opportunities available in the community. You can also head over to the blog here to read more about it.
I’d like to give a HUGE welcome to Kenny Shatzkes, our new PHU science analyst! He’s a PhD candidate over at Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and already has a first author paper at Nature (yes we are all super impressed)! Check out his publication here (open access). Kenny is a passionate science communicator and all around great guy to know. We are very pleased to have him on the PHU team!