Summer Activities: Intentional Action and Volunteer Opportunities
Keney Park Sustainability Project
Over the next several weeks, the Keney Park Sustainability Project will be hosting Health, Wellness and Safety events for Hartford’s residents and you can play an important role in their success. The first event will occur on Saturday June 25, 8am-2pm. Volunteers are needed to help with set up and take down before and after the event and join with residents in the many planned activities from trout fishing to a basketball clinic to joining the gratitude walk through Kenney Park’s new walking trail. You can learn about the amazing initiative that is the Kenney Park Sustainability Project at: https://www.keneyparksustainability.org/. See flyer for more details.
DominGO! Hartford will transform our city streets into car-free public spaces. The first event is scheduled for June 26th on Farmington Avenue, 9am-3pm for people to visit Hartford restaurants, shops and attractions in healthy, active ways, creating physical and mental health benefits for all ages and abilities. These events will connect our communities and encourage everyone to get active, get outside, and get moving! You can learn about DominGO! at: https://www.domingohartford.com/ and more information about volunteering can be found here: Volunteer (domingohartford.com/volunteer). Volunteers are needed to help with set up and take down before and after the event, help manage intersections to keep all participants safe, and to be part of the evaluation team collecting surveys and observational data during the event.
WHY CHOOSE UCONN?
Public health careers for the 21st century will require competence in the interprofessional coordination of skills relevant to systems-level approaches to health that focus on our environment and social structures. You can join students, alumni, faculty and community partners who are at work shaping our public health system and services. When thinking about public health around Connecticut, it’s hard to exaggerate our program’s influence. Our alumni and faculty are found in various positions across the university throughout the state and nation. Graduates hold positions as:
- health directors and staff in state, local, and federal health departments
- managers of community health, social service, and nonprofit organizations
- managers and scientists of pharmaceutical firms, health insurance companies, and hospital systems
- educators and researchers
- community-based physicians
- public policy advocates
An article posted to the US Naval Institute Proceedings website is co-authored by Alumni Dr. Zygmunt Dembek. It relates that keeping the U.S. military safe from the Coronavirus pandemic will require deliberate planning, prevention, and response
This has been another great year of generous donations by students, staff and faculty of the Department of Public Health Sciences during the holiday season!
- This year we contributed to Footwear With Care, an annual event that provides boots and other essentials to the homeless. Kirsten Carew, Linda Casey, Ruth Shefraw, Barb Case and their family and friends volunteered helping distribute new boots, socks, toiletries, hats and gloves to 600 homeless!
- We also collected toys for the Burgdorf Clinic.
- In addition, our department again donated to HPD Officer Jimmy Barrett of the City of Hartford for the homeless. Items included bus tickets, hand warmers and other warm clothing.
- Plus, clothes and toys were also delivered to the Open Door Soup Kitchen in Winsted, CT.
Thanks to all who donated!
An article published in the journal, Military Medicine, was authored by Alumni Zygmunt Dembek.
A recent article in CPO magazine, relates how the merger of CVS and Aetna has put CPO Alumni Tracey Scraba in position to set us all on a path to better health.
Another year that our public health students, department faculty and staff joined with University Health Professionals (UHP) as partners with End Hunger NE to package meals. 70 volunteers packaged more than 10,000 meals that have been distributed to local shelters and food pantries. Thanks to all who volunteered!
OUR DEPARTMENT IS GROWING . . .
We are recruiting several full-time tenured faculty positions. View the details
Check out our latest newsletter, Public Health Happenings, from the Program in Applied Public Health Sciences!
- Summer Health Department Aide - Town of Windsor Health Department
- Sanitarian/Environmental Health Specialist - Central CT Health District, Rocky Hill
- Health Promotion Facilitator Graduate Assistantship - UConn, Storrs
- Public Health Specialist - Torrington Area Health District
- Part-time SNAP Call Center - End Hunger Connecticut, Hartford
- Part-time Epidemiologist - Farmington Valley Health District, Canton
- Clinical Research Assistant I - Center on Aging, Farmington
- Clinical Research Assistant/Interviewer - Brown Alpert Medical School
- Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator - Amplify, Inc., Hartford