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Newsletter 04.01.20


April 1, 2020

Happy First Day of April!  


Dear fellow SPH Students,

As you get through this semester, we want to let you know that you are not alone. Although it’s a challenge not being on campus, we encourage you to connect with your classmates and support each other through virtual study groups. Free applications such as Zoom or Google Hangouts can help get your study groups together.

We are sharing the following opportunities and virtual events with you. Take a moment to fill out the 2020 Census, complete CUNY SPH Surveys, RSVP for the upcoming virtual Town Halls and learn more about the GSGA and FSC nominations.
As always let’s stay strong and connected. If you have any questions, please reach out to us!

Your Graduate Student Government Association  

CUNY SPH Surveys

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Student Survey
As we collectively learn to navigate the range of challenges presented by COVID-19, we seek to gain a better understanding of your current needs. Please complete the anonymous survey to assist us in doing so.

Strategic Planning Survey
The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is currently undertaking a strategic planning initiative that will set high-level direction for the school over the next 5+ years and identify more specific priorities to be achieved over the next 1 to 3 years. Your input is critical to the success of this effort. Please complete the anonymous survey today.


National Census Day

April 1st is National Census Day! You can complete the 2020 Census online , by phone (844-330-2020) or by mail today! Still not sure what the 2020 Census is? Join Gus and Priyanshi in taking their challenge to complete the census.  


Register to Vote

Register to vote now

Deadline: April 3

Presidential Primary Election *NEW DATE*: June 23  


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Watch this video with CUNY students encouraging you to vote, including our GSGA Vice President Zoe!  



CUNY SPH Town Hall on COVID-19
Friday, April 3  |  2:30pm – 4:30pm  |  Via Zoom  |  RSVP  |  Submit Questions
Join us as Professor Bruce Lee will be answering questions from the entire community about the pandemic, and administrators will be answering questions from students about their academic concerns during this time of distance-only education. The plan is to capture questions and concerns in advance of (as well as during) the meeting to ensure that presenters are prepared to answer as many of them as possible.  


Remaining Resilient During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Monday, April 6  |  2:30pm – 4pm  |  via WebEx  |  RSVP

Dr. Victoria Ngo, Community Health and Social Science Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Innovation in Mental Health, and Sherry Adams, LCSW, Student Wellness Counselor, will facilitate a discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental wellness.



Systems Science Workshop Series: Part II
Friday, April 3  |  2pm – 5pm  |  Virtual  |  RSVP

CUNY SPH’s Center for Systems and Community Design (CSCD) is offering the second of three in the Systems Science Workshop Series. This event is co-hosted by the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center. The workshops will focus on the basic concepts of systems thinking and system dynamics modeling, and participants will understand, evaluate, and improve upon problems that manifest themselves in complex systems.  



**This conference has been postponed to April 28-30, 2021** Are you passionate about public health issues? Do you have an interesting paper, project or research study to share? If you answered yes, then you should apply for the 2021 student poster competition! More info Accepting student poster abstracts for presentations on the following topic areas:

  • Air (tobacco, asthma, climate change.)
  • Water (drinking water, emerging contaminants, HABs, sugar-sweetened beverages)
  • Food (insecurity, breastfeeding, food safety and sourcing)
  • Housing/Built Environment (lead, walkable communities, complete streets)
  • Environmental Health- Innovations in Policy & Practice




Nominations for GSGA Elections

Submit your nominations today!

Learn about available positions by visiting the GSGA website.  


Insta Story Campaign | National Public Health Week April 6-12
Share how you are getting through social distancing whether it be reading a great book, watching an awesome movie or tv show, a new recipe you cooked or an amazing workout that you tried ! Use #NPHW2020 and #CUNYSPH so that our students can see your posts! Follow us on Instagram @GSGA_CUNYSPH to check out our National Public Health Week posts! Also, check out the National Public Health Week themes for the week of April 6, and join the NPHW Twitter Chat on Wednesday April 8 at 2pm!  




GSGA Spring Awards

**NEW DEADLINE: April 10, 2020**

Spring 2020 GSGA Awards are now open!

These awards are for all current SPH students! The awards offered through GSGA are meant to provide financial support to students seeking to attend public health related conferences, or pursue professional development opportunities, and also help those publishing research to journals. The various award types, details, and deadlines can be found by visiting the GSGA website.  


Delta Omega

CUNY SPH is now officially part of the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society as the Epsilon Chi Chapter.  Our official announcement and further details can be found on the GSGA website or by visiting the Delta Omega website.  


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Mark your calendars!

June 20-21  |  Austin, TX  |  Sign Up

Capsule is bringing together over 4,000 people to innovate solutions to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The ideas hacked over the event will relate to six challenge categories: Art, Education, Energy, Health, Food, and Cities. This is a truly exciting opportunity for students to be able to either propose a project, or work with colleagues from around the world to help move a project forward (submitted by others), or just volunteer to be a part of this record-breaking event.
Students can participate in three ways:
1) Submit a project to be hacked over the course of the weekend
2) Help move forward a proposal submitted by others
3) Volunteer to help this event be successful
If you have any questions about ASPPH’s partnership with Capsule, feel free to reach out to tseward@aspph.org.  


Student Wellness Counselor at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy
Sherry Adams is a licensed social worker available to provide virtual counseling to students at this time.  Sherry is also available to assist students in identifying and accessing their neighborhood specific resources.  Please email her to schedule an appointment: Sherry.adams@sph.cuny.edu
Provides online emergency support to students during COVID-19. Offers referrals available in your community related to health, food, housing, transportation, and childcare. 
NYC Human Resources Administration
Apply for Medicaid, cash assistance, SNAP, and childcare assistance at these HRA sites that also assist individuals in securing jobs.  

New York State Unemployment Insurance

Food Bank NYC
Operates food pantries and soup kitchens, and directs you to SNAP enrollment sites. Visit website for most up to date information:

Meals for public school students 
Beginning March 23, meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city. Visit schools.nyc.gov for most up to date information.

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