LIU Brooklyn health talks, fairs, workshops, begin Sept. 19

September 17, 2012 LIU Brooklyn
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The School of Health Professions LIU Brooklyn will host  a series of free campus and community public education programs devoted to educating the public about public health, the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promoting healthy lifestyles and research.

“Brooklyn’s Health,” which kicks off Sept. 19 and culminates with a Nov. 12 event, promises to bring important and fascinating health issues to the forefront, said Dr. Karen Denard Goldman, associate professor of public health at LIU Brooklyn and chair of the university’s new Master of Public Health degree program.

“This exciting series is an excellent way for the community and campus to connect,” said Goldman, coordinator of the series. She created it from various course activities and School of Health Professions special events.

The first program is the eye-opening “Brooklyn’s Health: Past, Present and Future” panel discussion, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in LIU Brooklyn’s Zeckendorf Health Sciences Building, Room 121.

The panel will include distinguished Brooklyn historians and local public health leaders, including: Kimberly George, executive director at Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition; Julie Golia, public historian with the Brooklyn Historical Society; and Robin M. Katz, outreach and public services archivist for the Brooklyn Historical Society, will served on the panel. Also invited to participate are Colvin W. Grunnam, president of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and K. Aletha Maybank, assistant commissioner with the Brooklyn District Public Health Office, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Thomas W. Elwood,  executive director, Association of School of Allied Health Professions. Photo courtesy of LIU.The series continues with:

  • Oct. 2 — “Health Reform and the Nation’s Health Care Needs,” a timely and provocative analysis of the nation’s real health care needs and how far the Health Reform legislation actually goes in meeting them. In a down-to-earth, candid, no-holds-barred presentation targeted to the general public and health professionals, Thomas W. Elwood, DrPH, executive director of the Association of School of Allied Health Professions in Washington, D.C., discusses why health reform was necessary, how and to what degree it was really achieved, the impact it was intended to have and is likely to have in this country, and what we have to look forward to in the coming years. A question and answer period will follow Elwood’s presentation (Kumble Theater, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.). 

• Oct. 19 — “HIV: New Society Challenges — From Diagnosis to Aging,” the 4th Annual Selfhelp Special Family Home Care, Inc. HIV Outreach Conference in collaboration with the Brooklyn Aids Task Force and the LIU Brooklyn School of Health Professions  (8 a.m. to 4 p.m., LIU Brooklyn, Main Building).   • Oct. 23 — “How Policies that Influence Health are Made” will feature a panel of local legislators discussing the controversial role of policies in health promotion and protection, along with the strategies involved in influencing policies at the city, state and federal levels (6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the LIU Brooklyn Zeckendorf Health Sciences Building).

• Nov. 8 — “Food, Fitness and Fun: How Brooklyn Fights Diabetes,” is an all-day conference that will examine education, clinical care, support and supplies for diabetics; people at risk for diabetes; and people (peers, children, parents, friends and health professionals) who care for those who have or are at risk for diabetes (11a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Arnold & Marie Schwartz Athletic Center in Metcalfe Hall).

• Nov. 12 — “Give Peace a Chance: War as a Public Health Issue,” promises to be a stirring and respectful exploration of the impact of war on the soldiers and their families, as well as on communities, the countries involved and the entire world. Nobel Peace Prize Winner Victor Sidel, M.D., will participate in the event.    All programs are free and open to the public. For further information on this series, call (718) 488-1256. To find out about LIU Brooklyn’s M.P.H. graduate degree program, e-mail [email protected] or call the Admissions Office at (718) 488-1011 or e-mail [email protected].   LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy, and the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy.

A vibrant urban oasis in Downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

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