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Hopkins Nursing Promotes Safety for National Public Health Week

Posted: 4/1/2011

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHSON) gears up for an exciting week of activities focused on safety in celebration of National Public Health Week 2011, April 4-10. Since 1995 when the first full week of April was declared as National Public Health Week, communities and institutions across the country have celebrated by recognizing the contributions of public health and highlighting issues that are important to improving the public's health.

This year's celebration is co-sponsored by the JHSON department of Community Public Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), and SOURCE (Student Outreach Resources Center), which serves the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.

With the potential for injury all around us, this year's events emphasize "Safety is No Accident" and include public health trivia, awareness, and lectures throughout the week.

Monday, April 4
Kick Off Seminar, 12:15-1 pm, JHSPH Sommer Hall
. Speakers include Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association; Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Secretary of Health for the State of Maryland; and Dr. Andrea Gielen, Professor and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy.

CARES Mobile Safety Center Tours, 2-3 pm, JHSPH Sommer Hall. Join the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Baltimore City Fire Department for a tour of the CARES Mobile Safety Center.  RSVP.

Community Action Poverty Simulation, 3-5:30 pm, JHSPH Feinstone Hall. Student participants will role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self sufficiency on Social Security. RSVP.

Tuesday, April 5
Sleep Safely Baby, 12:30-1:30 pm, JHSON Room 10
.  Nursing faculty members Carolyn Fowler and Jodi Shaefer will present on the "Success in Changing Life-Threatening Sleep Environments." 

Wednesday, April 6
Senior Safety and Mobility at Home, 12:30-1:30 pm, JHSON Room 10
. Nursing faculty member Sarah Szanton shares insights from her CAPABLE study on better ways for seniors to age in place.

Monday-Wednesday, April 4-6
Tai Chi, 8:30-9 am, JHSON Courtyard and 1-2 pm, Room 215
. Fiona Newton, associate dean for Development and Alumni Relations will lead participants in an ancient Chinese exercise that uses gentle flowing movements to reduce stress and promote health.

The American Public Health Association serves as the organizer of National Public Health Week and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policy-makers and practitioners about issues related to that year's theme. The organization creates comprehensive planning, organizing, and outreach materials that can be used during and after the week to raise awareness.