Public Health Week at UWM April 7-12

The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) will celebrate National Public Health Week with a number of events.

On Monday, April 7, students from the school will be in the UWM Union Concourse, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. sharing information on public health topics from maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness.

On Wednesday, April 9, the Zilber School is co-sponsoring a film viewing organized by the College of Nursing. “Dark Forest, Black Fly,” a documentary on efforts to eliminate river blindness, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in room 151, Cunningham Hall, 1921 E. Hartford Ave. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Anne Dressel, director of the College of Nursing’s Center for Global Health Equity. More information on this event is available at:

On Thursday, April 10, the Zilber School will host a webinar, “Food Justice, Obesity and the Social Determinants of Health,” at 1 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Zilber School, 1240 N. 10th St. The American Public Health Association is offering the webinar. More information from APHA can be found here:

On Friday, April 11, Zilber school students will host a blood drive at the school, 1240 N. 10th Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Members of the campus and local community are welcome to donate.

On Saturday, April 12, members of the Public Health Graduate Student Association (PHGSA) will join with the UWM Women’s Resource Center to help out at a local homeless shelter as part of a university-wide Hunger Clean-up event.

Zilber school students Lori Ahrenhoerster and Chelsea Weirich and PHGSA members are organizing UWM’s Public Health week events.

“As emerging leaders for the public’s health, it is terrific to see our students taking the Zilber School’s lead for this year’s observance of APHA’s National Public Health Week through special events and community service,” says Magda Peck, founding dean of the Zilber School of Public Health.

The UWM events are tied to themes for this year’s National Public Health Week, according to Ahrenhoerster. National Public Health Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA). This year’s themes are:

  • Be healthy from the start. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home.
  • Don’t panic. Disaster preparedness starts with communitywide commitment and action.
  • Get out ahead. Prevention is now a nationwide priority. Let us show you where you fit in.
  • Eat well. The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex.
  • Be the healthiest nation in one generation. Best practices for community health come from around the globe.

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