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Three area colleges to offer free events for Public Health Week

A campus-wide goal to reach 16 million steps, a talk by a leading national dietitian, and a guest lecture from the author of “The Emperor of All Maladies” – a book on cancer made into a PBS mini-series last fall – will be among the highlights this month as the University of Buffalo underlines the importance of public health locally and around the world.

Daemen and D’Youville colleges also among hundreds of institutions across the country that have special events planned for Public Health Week, the first full week of April.

UB decided to stretch its programs across the month.

“We’ve got quite a bit going on this year,” said Jean Wactawski-Wende, dean of the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions. “It keeps growing.”

As is the case with all the UB programs, the Daemen and D’Youville events are open to the public.

All the events also are free, save the UB Distinguished Lecture Series event Wednesday evening featuring Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” a bestselling book that traces the history, present and future of cancer treatment and research. Drs. Roswell Park and UB-trained Sidney Farber are among those whose work is noted in the book. UB students may attend free but tickets are needed for others.

“If you can think of three things to do in terms of healthy lifestyle, it’s increasing physical activity, control of diet and removal of tobacco,” Wactawski-Wende said. Most local events – including those below – fall in line with those priorities.


 “Building a Public Health Movement in Buffalo: Education, Community and Advocacy”. 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Wick Campus Center Social Room. Panelists will include Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County health commissioner; Dr. Al Dirschberger, Erie County social services commissioner; and Apple Domingo, new American director at Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County. Community agencies from throughout the Buffalo Niagara region will provide information on their efforts to promote good health in the community and ways residents can become involved in the public health movement.


“Super Size Me”: Film showing and discussion about Director Morgan Spurlock’s social experiment in high fast–food intake, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Madonna Hall, Porter and Fargo avenues.

“The Opioid Epidemic: Learn to use Naloxone and save a life”: Talk by Cheryll Moore, medical care coordinator for the Erie County “Health Disparities in Erie County.” Talk by Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein, 10 a.m. Wednesday,  Madonna Hall.

“Health Information Exchange: What is it and why is it important?”: Talk by Herb Glose, partner at law firm Barclay Damon and an attorney for HealtheLink, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Room 216 of the Academic Center.

“Buffalo’s Newest Immigrants: Refugee health in Buffalo”: Talk Jackie Andula from the Erie County Department of Health, 2 p.m. Thursday, Madonna Hall.

“Striving to Achieve a Healthy 1000 Days for WNY Mothers and Children”: Panel discussion facilitated by Briana Jegier, assistant professor of Health Services Administration, 9 a.m. Friday, D’Youville College Center, Porter and Fargo avenues.


(See a complete calendar of events here.)

16 million steps: Join the School of Public Health and Health Professions in taking 16 million steps on all UB campuses and buildings through April 30; so far, more than 600 UB students and staff have signed on. Climb the Kimball Tower staircases at 9 a.m. each Thursday as part of the challenge. Kimball Tower, on the South Campus, is home to the School of Public Health.

Volunteer opportunities: UB students can volunteer their time 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the Society of St. Vincent DePaul Food Kitchen, 1298 Main St.; RSVP by email to Raquel Velazquez-Kronen at

Refugee Health Summit: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Educational Opportunity Center, 555 Ellicott St. For more info, click here.

“So Your Teenager is Vaping E-Cigarettes – Should You Worry?”: Public health seminar noon to 12:50 p.m. Monday, 144 Farber Hall (South Campus), with Lynn Kozlowski, professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior and former dean of the School of Public Health.

UB Art Galleries Tour: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place. Registered nurse Ginny O’Brien, who also holds a master’s in fine art and is curator of education leads a tour of “Cravens World: The Human Aesthetic,” a donated collection of archaeological and ethnographic objects dating as far back as 4,500 BC. Also tour a new exhibit on view, “On the Front Lines” which opens Saturday evening with a reception and runs through Aug. 7.

UB Global Health Club meeting: Michael Lamonte, UB research associate professor department of epidemiology and environmental health, will give a talk entitled “Physical Inactivity: A Global Weapon of Mass Destruction,” 8 to 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, 180 Farber Hall (South Campus). For more info, see UB Global Health Club on Facebook.

Hatha Yoga class: Certified yoga instructor Mary Dedrick will lead a class from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Goodyear X 10th floor (South Campus). No prior yoga experience required. Please bring a yoga mat or towel and dress comfortably. Dietetic internship students will be on hand after class to give guidance on healthy snacking and hydration.

Collaborative Problem Solving: Workshop and lunch with speaker Timothy Maynes, assistant professor in the Department of Organization and Human Resources, UB School of Management, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, 150 Farber Hall (South Campus). RSVP by emailing Lunch and drinks will be provided.

UB Distinguished Speaker Series: Talk by cancer physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Alumni Arena, (North Campus). Buy tickets at

Community Health and Health Behavior Brown Bag Seminar: “Evolving More Nurturing Societies: Why it is Vital and How We Can Do It,” a talk by Anthony Biglan, senior scientist and co-director of Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium, Oregon Research Institute, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, 111 Kimball Tower (South Campus). Registration required by Wednesday at

Movie screening and expert panel: “Fed Up – It’s Time to Get Real About Food,” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 150 Farber Hall (South Campus).

Sixth Annual Global Health Day: Events from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 4th Floor Conference Room, Hayes Hall (South Campus), starting with 8 a.m. breakfast program, “Global Health as a Human Right,” including introductions by Drs. Pavani Ram and Kory Smith, UB Community for Global Health Equity, welcome by Wactawski-Wende and opening talk by Claude Welch, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, UB Department of Political Science. Programs include “Treating Neglected Infections: Discovery, Distribution, Equity, and Ethics,” 10 a.m. to noon; “Know Your Global Health Competition,” 12:30 to 1:45; “Air pollution across the lifespan: from pregnancy and birth outcomes to mental health,” 2 to 4 p.m. Register at

Public Health Seminar: “Public Health Stories from the Field,” talk by Dan Stapleton, Public Health director, Niagara County Department of Health, noon to 12:50 p.m. April 11, 144 Farber Hall (South Campus).

Office of Global Health Initiatives seminar: “Global Health Implications of COP21 in Paris,” talk by Jessica Owley, associate professor at UB Law School, 1 to 2 p.m. April 15, 180 Farber Hall (South Campus)

6th Annual Glen E. Gresham Lecture: “An Update on OPT-IN (the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Investigator Network) – Putting it Together and Early Results,” talk by Steven Z. George, director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Florida, 148 Diefendorf Hall (South Campus)

UB Global Health Club meeting: “Conducting research in Bangladesh: Challenges and Opportunities,” talk by Nadine (Shaanta) Murshid, assistant professor in the UB Department of Social Work, 8 to 8:50 a.m. April 19, 180 Farber Hall (South Campus).

Film review and workshop: “The Mask You Live In,” 6 to 9 p.m. April 20, Woldman Theater, Norton Hall (North Campus). Hosted by the UB offices of Student Engagement, and  Wellness Education Services.

Public health seminar: “HIV Surveillance Program,” talk by  Vernon Blue, HIV surveillance officer with the state health department, noon to 12:50 p.m. April 25, 144 Farber Hall (South Campus).

Public Health seminar: “Statistical Analysis on Quality-Adjusted Lifetime,” Hongkun Wang, associate professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at Georgetown University, 4 to 5 p.m. April 28, 125 Kimball Tower (South Campus)

10th Annual Saxon Graham Lecture: “Diet Data and Disease – Truth or Consequences?” Talk by registered dietitian Linda Van Horn, professor in the Division of Nutrition, Department of Preventive Medicine, and associate dean for faculty development, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 144 Farber Hall (South Campus).


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