National Public Health Week

An annual week of events, conferences and lectures that highlights the importance of public health in our lives.

National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2023) is a week-long, annual celebration of public health supported by the American Public Health Association and honored at Brown University with events and opportunities that highlight the public health impact of Brown’s research community and the importance of public health in all our lives.

We invite you to explore Public Health Research Day posters, listen to the Humans in Public Health podcast series, and to the Barnes Lecture, delivered this year by Demetre Daskalakis, Deputy Coordinator for the White House National Mpox Response.


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The School of Public Health’s annual poster conference showcases the public health research of Brown students at all levels, along with our trainees and partners.
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Deputy coordinator for the White House National Mpox Response delivers National Public Health Week keynote lecture.
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Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, DrPH

Monday, April 3, 2023 | noon - 1:00 p.m. | 121 South Main, Room 245


Statistics Seminar and Charles K. Colver Lectureship Series featuring Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, DrPH, Associate Professor and Associate Director, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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Delta Omega Honorary Society Induction

Monday, April 3, 2023

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Induction ceremony for the Epsilon Iota Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society. Attendance by invitation only.

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Public Health Research Day

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Alumnae Hall

Public Health Research Day

The School of Public Health's annual conference highlighting the research accomplishments of Brown's students, trainees, and partners. All members of the Brown community are welcome to visit the poster session to learn more about Brown students’ high-impact public health work.

Explore the posters

The Barnes Lecture: A Conversation with Demetre Daskalakis MD, MPH

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 | 4 - 6 p.m. | Sayles Hall


Please join Interim Dean Ron Aubert and Deputy Dean Megan Ranney for a special in-person conversation with Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, Deputy Coordinator for the White House National Mpox Response.

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis is an infectious disease physician who serves as the Deputy Coordinator of the White House National Mpox Response. Before his appointment, he served locally and nationally as a leader in public health as the Director for the Division of HIV Prevention at the CDC, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control and Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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CMES | Access to Abortion in the Middle East and North Africa

Thursday, April 6, 2023 | noon - 1:00 p.m. | Online only

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The panel will explore access to abortion in various parts of the Arab world, the intersectionality of access for married, and unmarried women, the interplay of class in access to abortion, and how women have sought to access abortions in the face of the different barriers and restrictions that are imposed on abortion in their respective countries.

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College Day: Student Pathways and Community Health Mapping Activity

Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | For high school students

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College Day is an annual, immersive one-day program that brings Rhode Island high school students to the Brown University campus to experience a college setting and learn about their opportunities in higher education. The School of Public Health will open its doors, and SPH Student Ambassadors — representing undergraduate, MPH, and Ph.D. students — will share their stories and their path to studying public health at Brown. High school students will then engage in an interactive mapping activity, which they will consider how to match public health services to community needs across Rhode Island.

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Community Engagement Focus Group - Faculty & Staff

Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | 121 South Main Street | Room 259

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To provide all SPH members an opportunity to contribute to our collective vision for community engagement, we are convening a series of focus group sessions to surface strengths, challenges, tools, resources, and other feedback.

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Community Conversation: Learning about an Overdose Prevention Center in RI

Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Petteruti Lounge | Stephen Robert Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street, 2nd floor

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An overdose prevention center is a safe place where people can use drugs they have obtained elsewhere while staff monitor for overdoses and provide pathways to care. With an OPC opening in Rhode Island soon, we invited the public to join members of the People, Place, & Health Collective and Project Weber/RENEW for a community conversation.

Find out more about the People Place and Health Collective

Justice Circle

Friday, April 7, 2023 | noon - 1:00 p.m. | Room 375

Justice Circle

The School of Public Health community is invited to join the SPH Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for our monthly Justice Circle, a space dedicated to conversations, support, and unpacking of current events and public health issues impacting our communities.

Information and Registration

Queer(ing) Pandemics/Queer-as-Pandemic: a panel discussion

Friday, April 7, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Online only

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Bringing scholars from a variety of disciplinary locations together to discuss and “diagnose” the varied intersections of queerness and contagion, this virtual symposium considered how pandemics—from HIV/AIDS to COVID-19 and Monkeypox—have been endured, engaged, and confronted by queer and trans communities and how LGBTQ+ identifications and practices have themselves been troublingly figured as “viral” and “contagious” pandemics.

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Picturing the Pandemic: Images from the Pandemic Journaling Project

Brown's Haffenreffer Museum is partnering with the Pandemic Journaling Project on the project’s traveling exhibition. Learn about the main exhibition at the Providence Public Library, along with the satellite exhibit at the Brown Campus Center, “The Pandemic Journaling Project: A Grassroots Collaborative Ethnography.”

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Daily Mindfulness

The Mindfulness Center at Brown offers free daily online mindfulness sessions open to the public to help ease anxiety and build community.

Register for a free mindfulness session

The Brown University Library Celebrates NPHW

Our thanks to the Brown Library for rounding up this list of public health library resources available at Brown, including online access to biomedical and public health literature, resources for reliable health information, and information on special collections.

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Wellness Resources for the Brown Community

Physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being are central to achieving goals and life balance. These curated resources from across Brown and beyond are here to support the Brown community and to help with navigating this unpredictable time.

Check out the resources