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Newsletter 04.08.20


April 8, 2020

We need more CUNY SPH leaders for the Graduate Student Government Association!


Hello SPH Fellow Students!

We are encouraging students to become CUNY SPH leaders and nominate themselves for the next Graduate Student Government Association 2020-2021. We are looking for students interested in serving in GSGA positions, Faculty Student Council and Committee positions.

This week is National Public Health Week from April 6 to April 12. GSGA is doing an Insta story campaign with Public Health posts. Every day you will see a different public health topic posted on our Instagram, Facebook and website! Today’s topic is Violence Prevention. You may share your public health messages, tag us @GSGA_CUNYSPH and we will share your story, too! See the topics below!

Also share with us what you have been doing during COVID-19 outbreak: whether you are at the front lines of the epidemic as an essential worker or if you are staying at home catching up on a book, recipe or exercise. Don’t forget to tag us using the hash tags #CUNYSPH and #NPHW2020.

Can’t wait to see your nominations and public health posts!


Your Graduate Student Government Association


We are looking for students interested in Senators and Faculty Student Committee positions. Nominate yourself today! Read more about the positions here.

National Public Health Week 2020

In recognition of National Public Health Week, the Fund for Public Health NYC and the NYC Health Department are sponsoring a series of webinars to share latest information on their response to COVID-19.

April 8 | 12:00pm | Register for Public Health Talk: Coronavirus in NYC


GSGA Promotes National Public Health Week on Social Media


April 8 Violence Prevention

A message from the CDC: “Violence is a serious public health problem. From infants to the elderly, it affects people in all stages of life. Many more survive violence and suffer physical, mental, and or emotional health problems throughout the rest of their lives. CDC is committed to stopping violence before it begins.”


April 7 Maternal & Child Health

April 6 Mental Health


GSGA Spring Awards

*New Deadline April 10, 2020*  

Spring 2020 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. Check here for the various award types, details and deadlines.

New CUNY Policies

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CUNY SPH is now officially part of the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society as the Epsilon Chi Chapter! Further details can be found here.

CUNY Food Resources Available during COVID Outbreak

Check out CUNY food pantries available for all CUNY students on different campuses throughout NYC. Please be sure to confirm hours of operation by calling or emailing before you visit any food pantry. Check here for food resources available to any CUNY student at specific campuses.

NYC Food Delivery Assistance

The City of New York is providing assistance to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 crisis by delivering meals to those who cannot access food themselves. Click here to see requirements and to sign up for food delivery. If you don’t meet all of the eligibility criteria above, you can still get help at your local food pantry. You can find the food pantry closest to you here.

 Adults can now take 3 meals to go at DOE feeding sites

Hours: 7:30am to 11:30am is reserved for families and students 11:30amto 1:30pm. adults welcome. Please let your neighbors or anyone whom you suspect may be in need know. Click here to find a site Or text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 to find the closest school to get food.


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.


You can complete the 2020 Census ONLINE, by the phone (844-330-2020) or by mail today!

New York State Elections Will Be Combined in June

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Presidential Primary Election New Date: **June 23, 2020**

CUNY has more than 500,000 students and CUNY SPH has more than 750 students…That’s a lot of votes! Watch this video about CUNY students encouraging you to vote, including our GSGA Vice President Zoe!


Housing Justice for All

Find your Senator | Find your Assembly Person



Fulbright Program

April 16 | 5pm-6pm | Virtual | Register

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Public Health Partnership Conference

**Postponed to April 28-30, 2021** | Register Here
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!

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


Capsule logo

June 20-21 | Online | 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. If you have any questions about ASPPH’s partnership with Capsule, feel free to reach out to tseward@aspph.org.

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



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 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

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