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GSGA Newsletter 04.14.2022

GSGA Newsletter

April 14, 2022

Hello SPH students,

Happy Thursday and welcome to this issue of the GSGA newsletter.

On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, the GSGA had a lively and successful trivia night. We welcomed CUNY SPH students from all concentrations to a night of fun, with all sorts of public health and quirky questions. Read more about the trivia night in this issue. We also share details about our upcoming GSGA event: Stressed? Give Mindfulness Meditation a Try, which will be led by Kell Julliard on Tuesday, May 3, at 5 p.m. ET via Zoom. Make sure to check out the details and reserve your spot!

Finally, we would like to draw your attention to the upcoming elections. The CUNY SPH and GSGA are seeking nominations for student representatives to serve on the GSGA, the CUNY SPH Governance Council (GC) and the CUNY SPH Faculty-Student Disciplinary Committee for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please check your SPH email for the Call for Nominations that was sent out earlier this week and be sure to submit all nominations by this Sunday, April 17 at midnight (11:59 pm EST). The GSGA will host a Candidates Forum on April 27. Stay tuned for more details in our next newsletter.

Wishing CUNY SPH students, professors, and staff a safe and happy spring break next week!

GSGA 2021-2022

GSGA Events

Stressed? Give Mindfulness Meditation a Try

Tuesday, May 3  |  5:00pm to 6:00pm  |  RSVP

Graduate school is hard, but there is an effective, enjoyable way to achieve calm: mindfulness meditation. Join the GSGA for an introduction to mindfulness meditation to discover how it works and perhaps set yourself on a path toward improved awareness, sharpened mental focus and concentration, and less stress. Mindfulness is shown to rewire the brain for the better, so join this special session to see what all the fuss is about.

The session will be led by Kell Julliard. Certified by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, Kell has taught mindfulness skills to health professionals and the public since 2010. The author of three peer-reviewed research studies on mindfulness in the healthcare workplace, he has taught in a variety of settings including the Garrison Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies as well as in New York City, Chicago, Montreal, Boston, and Philadelphia. In addition, he teaches mindfulness for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and is trained as a facilitator for the Eat Right Now mindful eating program. He holds a master’s degree in Expressive Therapy from the University of Louisville and served as a psychotherapist in the chemical dependency field. Formerly, he was director of clinical research at the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone in Brooklyn, where he also taught mindfulness skills to employees. For over two decades, he mentored medical and dental residents and faculty in research methods and evidence-based medicine.

GSGA Trivia Night held on March 30, 2022

The GSGA had a successful trivia night on March 30th, 2022. The event welcomed CUNY SPH students, from all concentration to a night of fun, with all sorts of public health and quirky questions. A total of 19 students attended the event. Each student answered 70 Kahoot questions! During the last few minutes of the trivia, the score was close between three students: Elizabeth Furth, Abigail Hintermeister, and Alexander Ahn. Congratulations to the three superstars! All participants received a gift card from Panera Bread.

If you are interested in any more events created by GSGA, be sure to follow us on our social media pages for updates. If you have any concerns or would like to pitch any ideas for future events, please email us at GSGA@sphmail.cuny.edu.

Upcoming SPH Events

For a complete listing of all SPH events for the semester, please visit the CUNY SPH Events page.

Can the Participant Speak Beyond Likert? Natural Language Processing in Public Health

Wednesday, April 20  |  4:00pm to 5:30pm  |  RSVP

Join us for Grand Rounds with Dr. Diana Thomas, Research Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Other Upcoming Events

Shifting the Paradigm to Advance Obesity Solutions

Tuesday, April 19  |  10:00am to 3:00pm  |  RSVP

Drawing from diverse examples across public health, this workshop will explore the connections between structural racism, health communication, biased mental models/social norms, and obesity, and their interactions with the evidence base and workforce, to uncover practical strategies for intervention. This will be the first workshop in a series on Translating Knowledge of Foundational Drivers of Obesity into Practice. Professor Bruce Y. Lee will moderate.

2022 Healthy New York Summit

Wednesday, April 20  |  9:00am to 3:30pm  |  RSVP


The Coronavirus Pandemic shook up New York like almost no other health crisis in recent history. City & State’s Healthy New York Summit will bring together health care decision makers and policy experts from all sectors to identify challenges and discuss solutions to improve our system. Attendees will gain new insights and perspectives on the most critical issues and priorities in New York health care during and post the pandemic.

Student Resources

Career Services and Events

To view the SPH Career Services live calendar, click here. To schedule a 1:1 Career Coaching appointment with the Office of Career Services, book an appointment online now!

The NYSPHC is mobilizing 1,000 Fellows across NYS, including upcoming graduates, from a broad range of experiences and backgrounds, including communications, education, social services, public health, and other health-related programs. This effort is to support local health departments, other community-based organizations, and the New York State Department of Health with COVID-19 response and recovery including community outbreak response, emergency preparedness, outreach and partnership development, communications support, and other public health priorities in their communities. These Fellowships are full time, paid positions and as an added benefit, Fellows will participate in Cornell University’s Public Health Essentials Certificate Program for free. To read more and apply, see the listing in this week’s Internship & Fellowship Postings.

Student Wellness Support Services and Events

CUNY SPH is hosting its inaugural Health and Wellness Week from April 25 to April 29, 2022. It will be a week of virtual events offering educational, interactive, and self-paced experiences rooted in promoting the optimal health and well-being of CUNY SPH students. A range of workshops, panels, and art will be offered that targets various dimensions of health (including emotional, intellectual, physical, environmental, social, and spiritual).

Check out and RSVP for the workshops and events herePlease complete this 2 question survey prior to the events.


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