Archived Announcements

Community Service Opportunity – Project Makeover

Hello everyone! I hope your semester’s are going well. We would like to inform you all of a Community Service opportunity that PHSA would like to participate in. If you are interested in joining us please refer to the email sent by Tali Yohann, the Project Makeover volunteer coordinator:

If you are interested please email Tali Yohann as soon as possible so we can choose a day where we can volunteer as a group.

Thank you so much for your interest. We would love to have the Public Health Student Association volunteer with us this year!

This year’s project will take place at Idylwild Elementary from February 22nd to February 24. Here are the shifts we currently have


Friday, Feb 22: 6-9pm.

Saturday, Feb 23: 6-9pm.

Sunday, Feb 24: 9am-12pm, 3-6pm.

Volunteer duties are basically what you mentioned in your email. The earlier shifts are mainly set up, the middle shifts are painting and landscaping, and the last shifts are clean up.

If you’d like to sign up, just let me know which shift(s) you’d like and approximately how many people you think will be in your group.

Closer to the project, I’ll send out another email with directions and other useful information.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Tali Yohann

Project Makeover Director of Volunteers



Our next PHSA meeting will be Wednesday February 20, 2013 at 5:15pm in room G307.

-Your PHSA Eboard


Volunteer Opportunity for MPH students

Tobacco Free Alachua is seeking volunteers assist with data collection and analysis for a study measuring the impact of smoke-free signage in Gainesville parks. Volunteers will assist in an initial clean up and perform data collection in 1-2 hour shifts over five weeks at local parks. Data collection will begin in early November and end in early December. Data analysis will begin mid-December. Schedules will be made according to volunteer availability and transportation will be provided if needed.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain research skills, practice data analysis and learn more about Tobacco Free Alachua. If you are interested in participating please contact Jennifer LeLaurin at


Thanksgiving Potluck Social

This is a reminder that the PHSA Eboard would like to invite you to our Thanksgiving Potluck Social this Saturday 11/17/12 at 12:30PM. The location is The Enclave apt J104. We ask that you please provide a side dish for this potluck (ie. macaroni, dessert, beverages, salad, mashed potatoes). The Turkey has already been taken care of. We encourage you to bring any games that you might have as well. We will be watching tomorrow’s game as well. Please RSVP by clicking on the Facebook link below and let us know what side dish you may be contributing so we  can avoid having an abundance of one particular side dish.

The Enclave
3000 SW 35th PL
Gainesville, FL 32608


Alumni Reunion

Brigit Dermott is coordinating the College alumni reunion, which will take place on Saturday, November 10, starting three hours before game time. She is looking for two student volunteers to assist her with check-in for the alumni. Volunteers are invited to participate in the BBQ lunch (or breakfast if game time is noon!).

This is a great opportunity for students to meet alumni of our college and also to mingle with the faculty and department chairs who attend the event. We also honor our outstanding alumni of the year at this event.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Ideally, she would like to have volunteers lined up by November 5.


Brigit Dermott, (
Administrative Coordinator for Dean Michael Perri


Meeting Update

The PHSA meeting that is scheduled for November 5 at 5:15pm will be cancelled. We will resume November 19, 2012.

Reminder: If you have submitted an application for a chair position please do not forget to contact Blosmeli Leon to schedule an interview.  Please email

A special thank you to all those who supported the March of Dimes walk yesterday.

Have a great day!

-Your PHSA Eboard


HIV Testing Certification

If you are interested in becoming certified in HIV testing, you must attend 3 classes for a total of 24 hours. This is a great opportunity to proved help in December for World AIDS Day, also. In October, there will be classes available: October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th from 9AM until 4PM. If you have already received this certification, a one hour renewal class will also be available. If you are interested, please contact

If you were able to register for the certification classes, they cost $25 in exact change or check. The Friday dates for the class are 10/5, 10/12, 10/19 from 9AM to 4PM. The Saturday fates will be 10/6 and 10/7 from 8AM to 6PM. You must attend all hours to become certified and the classes will take place at the Alachua county health department.



140th Annual Meeting and Exposition: October 27-31, 2012

Annual Meeting’s Homepage:

Here are some reasons to attend APHA:

  • ·      Networking with other colleagues: Meet other students from different colleges and hear about their MPH experiences!
  • ·      Listen to insightful lectures: Hear other health professionals discuss the research  that they have conducted
  • ·      Talk to different organizations: The expo hall has an assortment of public health organizations ranging from federal agencies to non-profit organizations. This is a great opportunity to network and find out more information for possible internships and future jobs.
  • ·      Sightseeing. It’s California!: There is plenty to do and see during the times you are not visiting the expo halls or watching lectures. APHA has provided a website that lets you know about the different attractions in the area:

Registration Fees:

Student Member Fees: $250
Non-Student Member Fees: $310

It makes more sense to buy a student membership and then pay for the conference because while you will still be paying the same amount as the non-member, you will get added benefits such as

  • Free subscription to the Nation’s Health and American Journal of Public Health
  • Joining different interest groups
  • And more!

Preparation Tips:

  • ·      Have business cards and resumes to pass out to different recruiters. There were also some companies there that looked and critiqued resumes.
  • ·      Don’t show fake enthusiasm when meeting with different people. Show a general interest in what they are telling you
  • ·      There is an online scheduler that you will have access to once you register. That will help you plan your days out.

UF Booth:

UF has a booth set up at APHA where we pass out information about our different public health programs. Students are always need to lend a hand and also to talk about their experiences with the program

College of Public Health and Health Professions Mixer:

Each year, PHHP puts together a mixer at the conference that allows faculty, students and alumni to interact with one another. This is a great opportunity to find out what our fellow alumni have been up to and see what advice they may have

This year it will be at Monday night during the conference at 6:30PM. As the date gets closer, more information will be provided


So far plane tickets appear to be around the $330-$350 range (excluding bags). We will be looking into different alternatives (whether we fly out of Gainesville or another airport)

Travel discounts with American Airlines, and United Airlines

Hotels: Hotels costs vary, starting at $160 a night

Total estimate so far: Around $650

Pending cost: Hotel, carpool, food, souvenirs, public transport, and random expenses

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email our conference chair Vidhi at

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!

-Your PHSA Eboard


APHA 2012 is in San Francisco, CA!

(October 27- October 31, 2012)
The American Public Health Association has an annual meeting an exposition that is absolutely the place to be if you are interested in public health. It is the oldest and largest gathering of professionals from every field, including physicians, nurses, social scientists, administrators, epidemiologists, dieticians, and yes: students too. It is a great place to look for a job, internship, or just gain exposure and knowledge.

For more information about the annual meetings, click here:

We discuss much more information pertaining to APHA in our meetings.


CPH Exam Study Session

Saturday, October 27, 2012 7am – 6pm – at APHA

On Saturday, October 27, 2012 ASPH and the University of Kentucky will co-host an all-day study session in San Francisco, CA for CPH candidates to help them prepare for the CPH exam. This study session will include a pre-test assessment, an overview of each of the domain areas of the exam by expert faculty, and interactive consultation areas.

This session is recommended for CPH candidates who are planning on taking the exam in 2013 and are seeking a formal review to kick-start the process of studying for the CPH exam. The session will run from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. as follows:

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Breakfast and pre-test
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Biostatistics
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break and review results of pre-test
9:45 – 11:00 a.m. Environmental Health
11:00 -12:15 a.m. Social and Behavioral Sciences
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch break
1:15 – 3:15 p.m. Epidemiology
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Cross-Cutting Areas
4:45 – 6:00 p.m. Health Policy and Management

There is no call-in or webinar option for this event. The registration fee is $99.
Participants will also receive a subscription to the online ASPH CPH Study Guide as part of their registration fee.

Questions should be sent to


New eBoard

The new e-board is holding open applications for committee chair positions. Since not every student is able to come to the PHSA meetings we have attached a brief application to this announcement so that student who may be interested can access the information online.  APPLICATION

The committee chair positions are open for the following areas:

  •  Conference Chair
  • Fundraising Chair
  • Community Outreach Chair
  • Social Chair
  • Public Relations Chair

Applications need to be turned into the Vice president via email (or you may turn in a hard copy to a any board member directly) by October 29th and we will hold interviews through out the week announcing the chairs for the November 5th meeting.




There will be a PHSA meeting on Monday October 22,2012 at 5:15PM in HPNP 1101. This meeting will be organized by the 2012-2013 PHSA Eboard, so come out and see what we have in store for you.


Florida & South Carolina Game: Greater Gator and Gamecock Tailgater Saturday, October 20th

GatorWell along with various partners are putting on UF’s First Sober Tailgate

Location: Student Health Care Center Front Lawn ( 280 Fletcher Drive)

Time: 12-3pm

Free Food

Games and Activities

Free T-shirts for the first 500 people

Big Screen TV to watch pre-game screenings

Volunteers are needed to assist during the tailgate from 12:00pm-3:30pm

(you can leave early if needed or if you are going to the game)

This is a great opportunity for public health students to be involved in promoting healthy behaviors for game days and interact with other offices on campus!


Akbar Farheen

PHSA Presents Farheen Akbar in a Wonderful Life: “My life as an MPH-er”.  Come meet a former PHSA board member and graduate of the University of Florida MPH program as she share her success in the “real world” and how she achieved her stature at the National Institute on Aging.  Monday, October 15 at 5:15PM, in the HPNP Building, Room G316.


Football Social this Saturday

Come and meet PHSA’s new Executive Board at our football social this Saturday! This will be a great opportunity to meet old and new PHSA members, and to support the Gators ans they continue on their winning streak!

What: PHSA Football Social
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Where: Gator’s Dockside Restaurant
3842 Newberry Road Suite 1A
Gainesville, FL 32607
Phone: 352-338-4445
Time: 5:30PM


Health Fair

You are invited to participate in a health fair to be held on Saturday, October 13th from 10am-2pm at the Porters Community Center in downtown Gainesville!

This health fair is part of a larger project funded by a grant through the College of Public Health and Health Professions at UF. As Masters students in Public Health and Occupational Therapy, we have joined forces to conduct a needs assessment for rehabilitative services in Alachua County. It is our belief that the community has extensive needs that could be fulfilled by occupational, physical or speech therapy. Currently, there is a lack of resources available to meet those needs for patients who are unable to afford them. The goal of our project is to quantify those needs, as well as bring services to the community.

Occupational therapy is focused on allowing people to fully participate in the roles they undertake in their lives. We believe the College of Public Health and Health Profession’s mission also helps people  to fulfill those roles and participate fully in their lives. Please consider joining us on October 13th to provide information to the community about your organization and its services. With your help, we’ll be able to create a comprehensive health fair that will provide information on the rehab professions, related health issues and community resources. The event will feature activities for kids, home safety assessments, basic health screenings, child car seat fittings, free adaptive equipment and training, health education, free food and much more!

Please respond via e-mail to, or call Cori Ruktanonchai at 352-273-7920 to RSVP or for more information.

A confirmation e-mail with the event address, directions and additional details will be sent if you are able to attend.

We hope you’re able to make it!

Lindsey Dhans, MOT Student
Corrine W. Ruktanonchai, MPH, CPH


Health and Accessibility Fair

On October 13th, volunteers are needed at the Porters Community Center for a health fair. It will have activities for kids, screenings, education/preventive methods for cardiovascular disease and there will be other local organizations there such as HealthStreet and Noah’s Endeavor. More information will be provided at our next meeting.


2013 Cohort Picture

When: October 11, 12 pm
Where: HPNP Auditorium

Dr. Peoples-Sheps will be presenting a seminar that is required for all second-year students that day at 12:45 pm. Please come early, and dressed in business casual attire, for our cohort picture. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the PHSA Historian, Meera Bhakta, at


Elections will be Monday, October 8th.

Elections will take place at out October 8th meeting. The only positions that will be up for election will be: President, Vice President, Secretary, Historian, and Treasurer. If you would like to find out more information about the positions, feel free to contact the person that holds it. There will be a short information session after the next meeting. Elections are only for first year students or students.  See the OFFICERS tab on this website for descriptions of the officers’ duties.

If you decide to run, please contact Emily Jones at by Midnight Saturday October 6th with the position(s) you are interested in.


Football Social

This Saturday, September15th at 5:30PM, PHSA will be having a potluck social watching the Gators face Tennessee. The location will be at Oxford Manor Apartments. The address is 2777 SW Archer Rd Apartment A3. It will be the first apartment on the left before the guard gate and parking is unrestricted. Some possible tailgate food items to bring would be wings, fried chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, salad, fruit, sweet tea, lemonade or etc. If you need help finding the apartment or need a ride please contact Jackie Risco or Rose Marcelin at or or (352) 215-1397.

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PHSA Volunteers needed for a craft event!


  • PHSA and Hillel’s Tzedek Team present an event for community children of varying ages and ability for a fun and educational arts and crafts event!
  • Noah’s Endeavor is a community recreation program inviting kids with and without disabilities to participate in a variety of programs:

Where: UF Hiillel at 2020 W. University. Park at the O’Connel Center across the street.

When: TOMORROW Sunday, September 30. 1:30pm -4:00pm (any time you can come is GREAT!)

Please contact Emily Sasser at with any questions.

Facebook event:

UF vs. Tennessee Potluck

When: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Oxford Manor, 2777 SW Archer Road, Apartment A3

Please bring a dish to share!
If you need help finding the apartment or need a ride, please contact Jackie Risco or Rose Marcelin at or
For more information visit the PHSA Facebook page via the “Photo Gallery” tab on this website.



PHSA will be having a general body meeting today, Sept. 10th at 5:15 in room HPNP1101. Join us as we will discuss more upcoming events and elections!

-Your PHSA Eboard



Heroes is an umbrella organization that provides volunteer opportunities for those who are interested in helping their community. Some of the projects include the Sidney Lanier program, SHIP, the Mobile Outreach Clinic, and SWAG. These programs have a various range of focuses from providing health promotion and nutrition to lower income neighborhoods to providing medical screenings from a bus to reach a greater amount of people. They will be having an informational session on September 4th in the Reitz Union in room 284 starting at 7PM. For more information, please visit:


Cook Breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House!

Who: Public Health students meet and cater to families with critically ill children receiving care at Shands.

What: Provide, prepare, and serve breakfast for 45-50 guests

Where: 1600 SW 14th St., Gainesville

When: Sunday, Sept. 2 from 9:00am until noon

Please join UF Public Health Student Association on Facebook and RSVP via the Facebook event:


contact Outreach Chair Emily Sasser at for more information.

If you cannot attend, but would still like to donate food or a few dollars to go towards the food we prepare, please contact Emily.


Welcome back!

We hope that you have enjoyed your summer and are excited to tell you about the upcoming events that we have going on in the coming weeks!

Welcome Back Social

On Friday, August 24th at 7PM, We will be having our first welcome back social at Splitz Bowling alley. Join us for a great evening of bowling, karaoke, and awesome food and drink specials! Splitz is located at 1301 NW 76th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606. Also remember to bring cash! More information can be found on their website, If you have any other questions, feel free to email

First Meeting/APHA Info Session

Our first meeting will be revolved around APHA as it is approaching quickly. We will be providing information about this year’s national conference which will be located in San Francisco. This is a great opportunity to find out about different public health organizations out there and to network with companies and other individuals involved with public health. For those who are confirmed and will be attending the conference, there will be time set aside after the meeting to coordinate airline tickets and hotel information so just bring your credit cards and computers if you are interested in doing so.

The meeting will be in HPNP 1101 on August 27th at 5:15PM.

Ronald McDonald Community Service Event

On September 2nd from 9AM-12PM, PHSA will be cooking up a delicious breakfast for 40-50 people who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida creates a welcoming home environment for families of children who are enduring a long hospital stay due to illness. We will bringing our own food materials and creating a buffet style meal. The Ronald McDonald House is located at 1600 SW 14th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32608. If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can sign up at: For additional information, please email

Have a great first day back!

-Your PHSA E-board


National HIV Testing Day – Volunteers Wanted!

What: National HIV Testing Day

Who: YOU – the Public Health Student Association and the Alachua County Health Department

When: June 27, 10:00am – 3:00pm (2.5 hour volunteer shifts possible)

Where: Walgreens at the corner of University Ave. and Waldo Road

Please fill out this quick form if you are willing to volunteer:

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is coming up at the end of this month, Wednesday, June 27th, and PHSA will be volunteering with the Alachua County Health Department conducting free rapid HIV testing and STD testing in a mobile unit outside of Walgreens at the intersection of Waldo Rd. and University Ave. from 10am-3pm. PHSA Volunteers will hold signs along University Ave and Waldo Rd to encourage people to get tested! It will be an easy, fun way to make a difference in our community even if you have no prior HIV program experience. If you have questions, please email Emily Sasser at A follow-up email will be provided if you indicate your willingness to volunteer. Thank you!

Hello to all Public Health students! Thank you for checking out our page. If you have any ideas or questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing you at our events!


Meeting Information:

APHA Information Meeting

This Wednesday, 6/13/12 at 4PM, PHSA will be having a meeting to discuss the upcoming APHA conference in San Francisco, CA in October. Join us as we talk about what can be expected, the registration process, and also travel and lodging.

Car Wash

Next Sunday, 6/17/12, we will be having a car wash to raise money for PHSA at the Burger King on Archer Road by I-75 starting at 10AM. For regular sized cars the cost will be $3 and for larger size cars (trucks, mini-vans), the cost will be $5 so feel free to bring your vehicles to us to get sparkly clean! If you are interested in volunteering and helping out with the car wash, please email


APHA 2011 is in Washington DC!
(October 29- November 2, 2011)

The American Public Health Association has an annual meeting an exposition that is absolutely the place to be if you are interested in public health. It is the oldest and largest gathering of professionals from every field, including physicians, nurses, social scientists, administrators, epidemiologists, dieticians, and yes: students too. It is a great place to look for a job, internship, or just gain exposure and knowledge.

For more information about the annual meetings, click here:

We discuss much more information pertaining to APHA in our meetings