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Newsletter 04.01.20

GSGA News

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!

Sincerely,
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.  

 


Cancel Rent

 

 


Mark your calendars!

Capsule
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.  

 


MENTAL WELLNESS RESOURCES  
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
 
FINANCIAL RESOURCES
Edquity
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
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.

Newsletter 03.25.20

GSGA News

March 25, 2020

We hope you are well!

 


Letter from the GSGA President

Dear SPH Students,

We hope you are doing well during these trying times of a pandemic. Many of us are now experiencing graduate school rapidly transition from a classroom to an online setting. GSGA wants you to know that student safety is our number one priority. If you are experiencing any hardships or have concerns due to this outbreak, please reach out. We are here to support you through this difficult time. Please take appropriate precautions and follow CDC Guidelines to protect yourself from the coronavirus.

Additionally, I wanted to provide an update on the Fall 2019 GSGA Town Hall. We requested students to submit feedback so that the GSGA members can better understand what student needs are being met and what we still have to work on. A brief highlight of the feedback showed students supporting and appreciating the GSGA’s efforts in building a more inclusive campus environment, increasing social events, advocating for student issues to CUNY administrators and elected officials, and increasing transparency and opportunities across our student government. There was also critical feedback regarding the GSGA awards and the process students go through. We are working to continually improve and better serve the students of SPH.

As the Spring semester continues, we are working on creating more student opportunities, community engagement, campus development, improving GSGA processes, and much more.  While the GSGA had planned a busy Spring agenda, unfortunately due to the COVID-19 outbreak and campus closure, some of our planned projects and events, had to be postponed until further notice. Nonetheless, the GSGA is fully equipped to work virtually on other projects and initiatives that are important to our students and university. In the coming weeks, the GSGA will host another Town Hall where we will discuss our efforts throughout this semester, especially in response to the outbreak. We encourage all students to please join us!

Thank you for supporting your GSGA and its members.  We are very thankful to serve as your student leaders. On behalf of the entire GSGA, have a wonderful virtual Spring semester.

Sincerely,
Pavan Lohia
GSGA President

 


Nominations for GSGA Elections

Submit your nominations today!

 


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.

 


Distance Learning

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Blackboard After Hours Support

To help provide students and faculty with Blackboard support when the campus Help Desks are closed and Blackboard administrators are unavailable, CUNY has contracted with Blackboard for overnight and weekend telephone support during the current remote teaching requirement. Click here for more information.

 

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Updates About Online Classes

As of March 19, 2020 CUNY courses are now conducted remotely. Stay updated by visiting the CUNY Continuity for Students page and the CUNY SPH Info for Students page.

 


University Student Senate

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University Student Senate Announcements

The Higher Learning Advocates has pulled together this sign-on letter to urge Congress to prioritize specific proposals to support students who’ve been impacted by COVID-19. Specifically, we recommend:

  • Allowing for direct emergency funds to cover basic needs;
  • Allowing for flexibility with the Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Usage; and
  • Ensuring no penalty to Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Here’s a link to a campaign to tell Members of Congress to support today’s students through college closures and restrictions. Please share widely with your networks, including students– the goal is to have as many people contacting Congress as possible to make sure this is included in the final package.

USS Townhall Next Sunday March 29, 2020
University Student Senate is planning a Town Hall, where students can ask questions to the Chancellor and members of the Chancellery. We would love to get your participation in this, but we first would like to know what time works for you! Please VOTE HERE for a time and we will be following up with more details as we progress through the week.

USS Plan for Unresponsive Professors
Many students have informed the University Student Senate that they are dealing with unresponsive professors, that have not been helpful in the transition to distance learning. If you’re experiencing any difficulties with contacting your professors, please do the following:

  1. Reach out to some of your other classmates and see if the professor has been unresponsive to them too.
  2. Send an email to your campus Department Chair, Campus provost, and CC studentaffairs@cuny.edu
  3. Encourage your other peers to do the same!

 


Virtual Events

Free APHA Webinar: The Science of Social Distancing Part 1
Wednesday, March 25  |  3pm – 4:30pm  |  Sign up!

The first COVID-19 Conversations webinar will review how COVID-19 is transmitted, historical lessons from past pandemics, the state of the science on social distancing, and the targeted and layered nature of how social distancing practices are enacted.

PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Information Session
Friday, March 27  |  5pm – 6pm  |  Online via Zoom  |  RSVP

Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/464086275
Meeting ID: 464 086 275
+1646-558-8656 (New York)

 


Things to do while stuck at home

Pink Chris Martin John Legend Musicians

Watch couch concerts! Check out Pink, Chris Martin from ColdPlay, and John Legend perform on YouTube! #TOGETHERATHOME

More things to do!

  • Yoga
  • Watch a movie
  • Catch up on series!
  • Exercise at home
  • Do a scavenger hunt at home!
  • Play board games
  • Read a book you haven’t picked up for a while

 


Wellness Resources graphic

MENTAL WELLNESS RESOURCES  

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

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Edquity
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

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
The week of March 15th there will be grab-and-go meals for students at every New York City Public School. The meals will be available at the schools’ start time. Visit schools.nyc.gov for most up to date information.

 


Commencement graphic

 

“In light of the current public health crisis, we recognize that our planned commencement ceremony at the Apollo Theater may or may not occur on schedule. Be assured that CUNY SPH will never take away [graduating students’] opportunity to celebrate this momentous achievement – if commencement doesn’t happen as planned on June 2, we will find another date when it’s safe and feasible for [graduating students] and their loved ones to take part. We will of course keep our [graduating students] updated on this developing situation. At this point, we are hoping for the best.” – Dean Ayman El-Mohandes

 


Census 2020

Census video cover

The Census 2020 is now live! Watch a short video here from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez teaching CUNY students what is the Census and how easy it is to fill it out. If you haven’t yet, complete the census today by clicking here.

 


Register to Vote

Register to Vote

Register to vote now

Deadline: April 3
Early Voting: April 18-26
Presidential Primary Election: April 28

 


Opportunities

**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

 

 

Capsule logo

Capsule
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.

 

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.

 

CUNY SPH GSGA Inaugural Town Hall

Inaugural Town Hall by President Pavan Lohia of the Graduate Student Government Association at the City University of New York, Graduate School of Public Health & Healthy Policy. This is to report on GSGA activities during Fall 2019 and seek SPH student feedback.

Please take a short survey about the GSGA: https://bit.ly/37xyhy5

Connect with us:

Instagram: https://bit.ly/2TX8I5Q

Facebook: https://bit.ly/2GpJq8u

 

CUNY Board of Trustees Meeting

On December 16th the board of trustees will be voting on their budget request that will be submitted to the Governor. In the proposed request, we have seen the inclusion of yet another tuition hike at our senior colleges. However, this budget proposal also includes a  tuition hike at our community colleges where tuition has been frozen for 4 years, and an additional  health and wellness $60 per semester fee. Health education is important if not imperative to our college communities, and school safety. However, our state should be paying for health support services, and not our students.

 

On December 9th at Lehman College  the CUNY Board of Trustees had a hearing on a proposed budget that will go to the governor’s office.

 

 

Climate Strike

Photo courtesy of Zoe Schacht-Levine

Earlier in the Fall 2019 term, GSGA VP Zoe, attended the Climate Strike at Foley Square in Manhattan, NY. Zoe estimated that at least 60,000 people crowded the streets of Foley Square on September 20th. Students from all five boroughs and beyond came together to demand action be taken to address climate change.

 

Photo courtesy of Zoe Schacht-Levine

 

Youngest strikers were heard chanting ““What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? NOW!” on September 20th

Photo courtesy of Zoe Schacht-Levine

Photo courtesy of Zoe Schacht-Levine

Photo courtesy of Zoe Schacht-Levine

Photo courtesy of Zoe Schacht-Levine

Have you attended any recent strikes, events, or conferences? We would like to share this in future posts! Contact us and let us know about it!

 

Written by Kellie Joseph, Communications Officer (19-20)

GSGA Represents CUNY SPH At The USS Gala

USS held its annual event on September 19th at the CUNY Graduate Center where they celebrated 47 years of advocacy. GSGA’s Senator Carly, Treasurer Tamara, Vice President Zoe, and President Pavan were in attendance.

                         (From left to right: Vice President Zoe, President Pavan, Senator Carly, & Treasurer Tamara at the USS Gala)

While the word gala brings to mind extravagant dresses, hors d’oeuvres & trying to get the best selfie, the USS Gala was focused on bringing more support to CUNY students. The gala afforded GSGA the opportunity to connect with other CUNY student governments, share ideas for making campuses more inclusive & collaborative  and encouraging all CUNY students to be active on their respective campuses.

What are some pressing issues on the SPH campus? How can GSGA help you? Feel free to contact us and let us know!

Written by: Kellie Joseph, Communications Officer (19-20)

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