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FSPH students plan for National Public Health Week

The Students of Color for Public Health were featured in the Daily Bruin for their work on organizing National Public Health week at the Fielding School.
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Friday, April 4, 2014
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UCLA Students of Color for Public health leaders Stephania Olamendi, Francisco Espinoza and Eduardo Zamora. 

A public health student group organized a series of lectures and activities that will start Sunday to celebrate National Public Health Week.

The series of events will focus on how public health intersects with different disciplines. The events will be both active and discussion-based, and will last from Sunday through Friday.

Students of Color for Public Health, a student-led organization in the Fielding School of Public Health, aims to strengthen the social support and advocacy efforts for students of color.

Eduardo Zamora, an executive board member for Students of Color for Public Health and a graduate student in the Fielding School of Public Health, said they wanted to convey the idea that public health is fundamentally intertwined with other disciplines.

“Public health is not just in the school, but really it matters in your everyday life,” he said.

The group has been organizing the event for the past eight years to show students the work that students of color, and students in general, are doing toward health equity, said Francisco Espinoza, an executive board member for Students of Color for Public Health and a graduate student in the Fielding School of Public Health.

This year, they wanted to emphasize the many different facets of public health, such as campus bike access, disaster preparedness and how public health is connected to the law, social welfare, education and urban planning departments on campus, Espinoza said. 

“We wanted to loosely follow the national themes that were provided, but we definitely wanted to put our own spin on it … and to make sure we made them specifically relevant toward what we experience,” said Stephania Olamendi, an executive board member for Students of Color for Public Health and a graduate student in the Fielding School of Public Health.

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FSPH National Public Health Week Events