Friday, November 27, 2009

BPSHN Wednesday Late Edition November 27, 2009

Event: BPHSN Unwind 2009
Date: Friday, December 4, 2009
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Ross Hall Room
Sponsor: The Black Public Health Student Network and Student Association (SA)
Please join The Black Public Health Student Network for our end of the semester party. We will be celebrating our accomplishments this semester and relaxing before finals.

Contact: If you have any question, comments, concerns, please contact Omotunde Sowole at

Event: World AIDS Day March
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Time: 12PM-2PM
Location: Lafayette Park to Freedom Plaza
Sponsor: DC Fights Back

Celebrate World AIDS Day with a march and rally being organized by DC Fights Back.

The march will begin at Lafayette Park and end at Freedom Plaza in front of city hall. The emphasis is on systems failure (mismanagement of resources, broken promises, and lack of vision) within the District, and we will be rallying for specific demands related to improving the health of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)- i.e. stable housing, harm reduction services and mental health services.

This is a great event to join your colleagues, local advocates and activists, and service providers to show your support for a continued and improved commitment to fighting the epidemic here in DC and internationally.

BPHSN plans to attend this event and if you would like to march with us please contact Katrina Byrd at by 10AM on Dec. 1

Contact: If you are able to attend, please send an email with your name and phone number to hivmwpha@gmail.comhousing

Event: Public Health Grand Rounds
Second Annual Edward N. Brandt Jr.,
Memorial Lecture in Women’s Health
Time: Noon
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Location: GW Hospital Auditorium (basement level)

Please join us for Public Health Grand Rounds, featuring Dr. Vivian Pinn, Director, Office of Research on Women's Health, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pinn will present "Women's Health: Where do We Go From Here?"

Dr. Vivian W. Pinn is the first full-time Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an appointment she has held since November 1991. Dr. Pinn has long been active in efforts to improve the health and career opportunities for women and minorities.

Contact: If you have any question, comments, concerns, please contact Jacqueline Arnold at

Internship: Premier Advocacy Internship
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sponsor: The Black Public Health Student Network and Student Association (SA)
Internships with the Premier advocacy office in Washington, DC provide students with a great opportunity to learn about the public policy side of Premier's work to improve quality of care while safely reducing costs. Interns have opportunities to attend hearings and briefings and learn about specific healthcare issues as well as the legislative and regulatory processes as they relate to health policy Responsibilities include: 

• Working with Premier's grassroots team on outreach to
members of our Federal Affairs Network and building
our database of contacts

• Assisting our communications team with planning events and publications

Providing support for our advocacy work on specific issues within health reform, including: health information technology,
value-based purchasing, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement

• Special projects for members of the Advocacy staff


• Undergraduate or graduate student, preferably in the areas of business administration, health, health care administration, law, communications and/or political science
• Excellent communication skills

• Strong interest in healthcare issues and the legislative process

For more information about Premier Advocacy please visit

Apply: If interested, please forward a cover letter and resume by December 3, 2009 to

Contact: If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Sarah Wachtel at or 202.879.8015

Event: Housing, Health and HIV- A free workshop
Date: Friday, December 11, 2009
Time: 1-4PM
Location: 777 N. Capitol St. NE, (Board Room, 3rd Floor) Washington, DC 20002
Sponsor: The Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA)

Participants will be able to:
• Explain how housing stability is fundamental to good health
• Analyze why the market is unable to assure good, affordable housing for all
• Identify the inequities in federal housing subsidies
• Identify 3 ways in which housing serves as both a health care & prevention intervention for HIV
• Identify 3 strategies to advocate for safe, affordable decent housing for people living with HIV/AIDS

The following individuals will present the workshop:
• Sheila Crowley, PhD, National Low Income Housing Coalition
• Nancy Bernstine, Esq., National AIDS Housing Coalition
• Christine Campbell, MSOD, Housing Works


*First timers need to register AND choose the program**
Contact: For question about the workshop, write to
For questions about registration, write to or call (443) 287-7833.

• There is no charge for this conference except for individuals who wish to receive CHES, Nursing, or Social Work credit
• Checks will be the only form of payment accepted for CEUs
• National Capital Area SOPHE has awarded 3 Category I CHES CHECH for this activity.

Event: The Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) Open House
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: APHA Headquarters 800 I Street NW

Come and meet other MWPHA members, friends and partners. At this event you can learn about the current work of MWPHA. We will be presenting our new program committees and overall vision. Mix, mingle and see what’s new!

Food and Drink will be provided

Event: NAACP Young Adults Meeting
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Time: 6:30PM
Location: 441 4th Steet, NW
Conference Room 1112
Washington, DC 20036
(Walking distance from the Judiciary Square Metro Station)
Discussion Topic:
What is the relevaence of the NAACP to young professionals?


This will be a strategic planning meeting to develop a plan to implement a national movement of young professionals within the NAACP. Invite a friend, because we want YOUR thoughts and the input from non-NAACP young professionals too.

This will be an HONEST, OPEN discussion about the relevance of the NAACP to young professionals?

The current objectives of the Young Adults Committee is to develop a new generation of effective young professional leadership within the NAACP through recruiting young professional members and encourage their active participation within the DC Branch.

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Akosua Tyus, Young Adults Chair at (202) 498-5853 or via e-mail at

Friday, November 13, 2009

Announcements-November 13, 2009

Event: Book Swap Mid-Year Inspection

If you participated in the BPHSN-Book Swap we ask that you bring your books in for a mid-year inspection. The inspection was originally scheduled during the general body meeting that was Nov. 13 but has changed due to the postponement on the meeting.

Edelmira Timmons ( will contact you individually to reschedule the inspection.

Event: Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunity

Date: November 20, 2009

Time: 9AM-12:00PM

Location: Food and Friends

219 Riggs Road, NE

Washington, DC 20011

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, BPHSN and The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) would like to invite you to a Thanksgiving Volunteer Extranveganza at Food and Friends.

Food and Friends is a wonderful and very innovative organization that provides meals and other support services to patients with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

Please take the time to fill out the volunteer waiver form that was attached to the e-mail concerning the cancelled meeting.

Contact: If you have any question, comments, concerns, please contact Molly Greenberg @

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Event: Getting Out and Giving Back Date: November 13, 2009
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Ross Hall Room 116
Come and Help us serve others for our third general body meeting/outreach. The first half of the meeting will be dedicated to providing you with information about what’s going on in The Black Public Health Student Network and the during second half of the meeting we will participate in an outreach to serve the homeless population in DC.

Non-GW affiliates please RSVP at by 4PM on November 13, 2009.

Contact: If you have any question, comments, concerns, please contact Omotunde Sowole at

Event: Learn and Earn-BPHSN Condom Draw
Date: November 12, 2009
Time: Noon-2PM
Location: Kogan Plaza
The purpose of this event is to increase the awareness about the current HIV/AIDS epidemic in DC. Participants will have the opportunity to When a $30 Starbucks Gift Card.

Contact: If you have any question, comments, concerns, please contact Akintunde Akinseye at

Event: Focus Group Discussion on the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry
Date: November 13, 2009
Time: 3-5PM
Location: The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) 2127 G St. NW Washington, DC 20052 Room 209
Did you know minorities are currently underrepresented on the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry? For people with diseases such as leukemia, a bone marrow transplant often provides the best chance for survival. Due to the decreased number of minority donors, patients from diverse populations may have a difficult time finding an adequately matched marrow donor in time to save their lives.

Please consider participating in a focus group being held by Mr. Randy Gale on this topic. Randy is a doctoral student in the School of Public Health and is interested in health disparities. This focus group is being conducted in fulfillment of the following course: PubH 415, Qualitative Research Methods, Dr. Orndorff.

Light refreshments will be served and participants will receive their choice of a $25 Starbucks or Domino's Pizza gift card. Participation is limited to 10. Participants must be at least 18-years old.

Contact: If you have any question, comments, concerns, please contact Randy Gale at or (240) 447-5793

Conference: Empowering Employees to Protect Food Integrity
Date: November 20, 2009
Time: 8:45AM-6PM
Location: American University Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20016 Room 603
Next Friday, GAP, in conjunction with the American University Washington College of Law, will hold a symposium focusing on the role of employees as the first line of defense against food adulteration. All are welcome to attend. Registration is free of charge, but required.
The conference will address food integrity problems, and what protections employees need to feel free to blow the whistle on these problems. Panelists will address legal and legislative reforms, immigrant rights, humane handling, corporate farming, and the role of labor in food safety.


Register at

Contact: If you have any question, comments, concerns please contact Amanda L. Hitt at (202) 408-0034 ext. 159 fax: (202) 408-9855

Event: Full and Part-time Internship Opportunities in Public Health, Health Education, International Health, and Health Communications
When: Spring 2010
Location: IQ Solutions 11300 Rockville Pike Rockville, Maryland 20852 Suite 901
IQ Solutions is a nearly 300-person health information company that provides our nonprofit, foundation and government clients with strategic communications, program development, and health information technology support. Virtually all of our work has focused on two simple goals-to promote good health and to improve quality of life. And at every turn, we have produced results for our clients. Our corporate values drive our approach to our work.

The intern may responsible for one or more of the following: Health communications; campaign development; web site design, maintenance and support, proposal writing; policy development; call center operations and information; IT; library information work; creative services; training; strategic planning; disease prevention and health promotion; research; data collection; science and health writing and editing; evaluation; multi-cultural communications; materials and publication development; media work; marketing and dissemination; and business operations

Eligibility: Graduate students and undergraduate seniors in above academic areas

Salary: $9-14.00 per hour depending on academic level and experience; minimum time commitment approximately 30 hours per week.

If interested in applying please visit:

Contact: If you have any question, comments, concerns please e-mail

Event: Rubberware Party (Safer Sex Workshop)
Date: November 14, 2009
Time: 12:30PM-3:00PM
Location: Prevention Works! 2501 Benning Road, NE Washington, DC 20002
This workshop is not lecture based, but is very interactive – everything you wanted to know about safer sex but were afraid to ask, including: three ways to make a dental dam, the pros and cons of the female condom, the care and feeding of sex toys, verboten lubes, and how to put a condom on with your mouth. This workshop is free.

Please Register!
Contact: If you have any question, comments, concerns, and to register please contact Mary Beth Levin at

Event: Blood Drive
Date: November 11, 2009
Time: 11AM-5:00PM
Location: Ivory Tower 616 23rd St. NW Washington, DC 20052
Sponsor: American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region
The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at George Washington University today so please come out and show your support.

4.5 million Americans would die each year without life saving blood transfusions, and your single blood donation could help save up to three lives. We encourage you to please schedule your donation today.

Please schedule your appointment by visiting the following website:

The Sponsor Code for is 13145.

Contact: For more information about The American Red Cross please visit

Fellowship: Individual Pre-Doctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
Deadlines: 12/13/2009 4/13/2010 and 8/13/2010
Time: 12:30PM-3:00PM
Location: National Institute of Health (NIH)
Fellowships for predoctoral training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Support is renewable for up to 5 years. NOTE: NIH also provides predoctoral support through institutional training grants. Contact your department for additional information.

Targeted fields include: Health Sciences. Life Sciences. Fields related to biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Eligibility: Prospective/Current Graduate Students and U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Eligibility Requirements: Must be enrolled in a doctoral program. Fellowships are not made for study leading to a MD, DO, or similar professional degree. Applicants must have a sponsor who will supervise the research experience. Open to members of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group.

Salary: Stipend of $20,976 per year plus a small tuition and fees allowance.

Contact: If you have any question, comments, concerns, please contact:
Center for Scientific Review
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040, MSC 7710
Bethesda, MD 20892-7710
(301) 435-0714
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