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2nd Annual SHHS Celebration of National Public Health Week is a Community Success!

“Bridge the Gap in Health, No Matter What the Wealth”
SHHS Students help run the Health Fair open to the public [Photo credit to Phil Oels]
For the second year in a row, National University (NU) School of Health and Human Services (SHHS) recognized and celebrated National Public Health Week (NPHW). To assist in reaching the NPHW goal of “Healthiest Nation 2030”, the SHHS Center of Excellence Community Engagement Core launched a multicultural health and career fair. Understanding that bridging the gap in health will require efforts and collaboration from many sectors, NU faculties partnered with community health students, nursing students, the NU library, NU student services, NU career services, and key members from the community in order to deliver an event, which celebrated both diversity and health. The event included health promotion activities such as integrated health, focusing on equine therapy, providing instruction on “Hands Only CPR”, career services, kids zone providing education on “farm to table”, emotional wellness and mental health information. The event also featured distinguished guest speakers from the San Diego County Medical Association. Dr. Solomon Finkelstein and Dr. Sally Rafie, Dr. Joon Hwang, and Dr. Vick Kuo presented on Healthy Eating Habits and Immunization. This event was a success as it involved interprofessional, interdepartmental, and interagency collaboration. The event engaged NU students in service-learning activities through the development, planning, and implementation of the fair. This event would have not been possible if it was not for our community partners.  NU and the Community Engagement Core acknowledges The County of San Diego Department of Health and Human Services, The Family Justice Center, Nile Sisters Initiative Development, Health Education Advocacy Leadership (HEAL), San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, and Dr. Gherke and The Rolling Horse Ranch, San Marcos Vet Center, Save A Life Foundation, San Diego Food Bank and Feeding America, San Diego, and last but not least our student volunteers, staffs and faculty members.

The event was organized by Nursing faculty member Dr. Darling Richiez and Community Health faculty member Dr. Ritika Bhawal.  Both are members of the SHHS Center of Excellence Community Engagement Core. They wish to especially thank Mr. Oels and his team's incredible photography and camera work, as well as the Library Team!

Below are video and still shots of the public event held in the parking lot of the NU Library in San Diego, CA.  Video shot and produced by National University staff member Phil Oels:

Dr.Darling Richiez (at left) chats with vendors at the Health Fair [Photo credit to Phil Oels]

Dr.Ellen Kaye Gehrke poses with students (and Shilo) [Photo credit to Phil Oels]

[Photo credit to Phil Oels]

Community Health Department Chair Dr. Tyler Smith (top left) looks on at the entrance to the Health Fair [Photo credit to Phil Oels]

Dr. Ritika Bhawal and Dr. Tyler Smith are all smiles at the Health Fair [Photo credit to Phil Oels]

Rusty the horse gets some student attention at the Health Fair [Photo credit to Phil Oels]

Dr. Ritika Bhawal and Dr.Darling Richiez at the Health Fair [Photo credit to Phil Oels]

The day ended with a Health Themed Flash Mob! [Video credit to Phil Oels]


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