National Public Health Week at Gillings

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health students, faculty and staff members, alumni and community partners will celebrate National Public Health Week, April 3-9, with activities and a schoolwide competition throughout the week.

2017 Public Health Champion
Each year during National Public Health Week, we seek to honor and recognize the outstanding work of a public health partner with the Public Health Champion Award. Congratulations to Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe, our 2017 Public Health Champion!

Student government leaders and the NC Institute for Public Health at the Gillings School have organized the inaugural National Public Health Week Gillings School Challenge, a school-wide competition where students, faculty and staff receive points by scanning the Quick Response (QR) codes located at the activities they complete. New activities will be announced each day. Each completed activity earns the affiliated team points. Team standings will be announced at the end of each day (standings determined by the highest average of points per person for each team) and the team with the highest average of cumulative points per person at the end of the week will be awarded the Gillings School Challenge Cup.

Be sure to watch this page for all the updates, many of which will also be included on the Gillings School’s social media pages and the NC Institute for Public Health’s Facebook page.

Please check the events calendar for any new updates to the schedule.


An Overview: 2017 National Public Health Week Gillings School Activities

Event details to be updated daily

On April 3, students, faculty and staff members, alumni and community partners will come together to consider all we have learned through our self-study process as the School prepares for an accreditation site visit in late April. Games and information booths will be set up, and a scavenger hunt is planned. The Gillings School also has partnered with the Orange County (N.C.) Health Department to challenge everyone to participate each day during National Public Health Week by posting a “This is Public Health” photograph to social media. Those who post every day are eligible to receive a gift card. “Culture of Health” activities, including yoga and organized afternoon walks around the School’s neighborhood, are also scheduled.

On April 4, representatives from the Orange County Department of Health, Orange Water and Sewer Authority and Orange County management will share lessons learned from the recent water crisis in Chapel Hill. Register now for the event. The event is open to the public and will be livestreamed and recorded for viewing by those unable to attend in person. Also available will be sessions that remind us of the importance of maintaining mental health. There will be visits from therapy animals and access to mental health support, information and resources available across UNC and in the Chapel Hill community.

On April 5, student government leaders have organized a day of service. Members of the School community will join with public health schools across the country to participate in the National Day of Action for Voting Rights. Student leaders also will host a service fair for students seeking ways to contribute to community projects.

On April 6, Nutrition Coalition, a UNC student organization, will distribute healthful recipes, host the Hunger Lunch (in partnership with Nourish) and raise money for TABLE, a local nonprofit that provides healthy food to hungry children. The Gillings School’s 2017 Public Health Champion Award, which recognizes the outstanding work of a public health partner, will be announced.

On April 7, student teams participate in the Gillings Games, an annual competition in kickball, soccer and other team activities.

All are encouraged throughout the week to post updates of their daily step totals to support the American Public Health Association’s One Billion Steps Challenge.