National Public Health Week

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

Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: We Are All Public Health

National Public Health Week (April 1-7, 2024) 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.

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National Public Health Week events and offerings from Brown

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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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Social Determinants of Health Data in a Learning Health System

Implications for Rehabilitation
LeaRRn Grand Rounds
Monday April 1, 2024 | 3:00 p.m. | online only

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This Learning Health Systems Rehabilitation Research Network Grand Rounds will feature a panel of three rehabilitation providers who will discuss initiatives within their health systems to collect and use social determinants of health data.

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Public Health Research Day

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting Street, Providence

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.

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Beyond Risk & Erasure

A Black Feminist Ethnography of HIV/AIDS & Reproductive Justice in Jamaica
Tuesday April 2, 2024 | 5:30 p.m. | Pembroke Hall


The 4th decade of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside heightened assaults on reproductive rights has prompted an undoing of our sense of self and community in relation to illness and inequality. Join the Pembroke Center for a talk by Jallicia Jolly, assistant professor in American Studies and Black Studies at Amherst College and co-chair of Birth Equity and Justice Massachusetts. She clarifies the role of reproductive justice as an actionable political strategy and framework attentive to the dynamics of Black women’s sexuality and reproductive capacities and invested in concrete systemic changes that cultivate enabling conditions for marginalized groups to both exercise bodily autonomy and become active beneficiaries of scientific advances.

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Don’t Feed the Bugs

Reproducibility and transparency from a health policy perspective
Wednesday April 3, 2024 | 11:00 a.m. | SPH Room 241


The Center for Advancing Health Policy through Research (CAHPR) presents Alyssa Bilinski, Peterson Family Assistant Professor of Health Policy, and Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice and Biostatistics.

Does your code work? How are you sure? Software engineers have thought a lot about answers to these questions. Researchers, not so much. In this talk, Professor Bilinski will argue that better systems for reproducibility and transparency could both improve science and help researchers, and she’ll talk about what these could look like in health policy.

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Community-Based Participatory Research for Public Health

Challenges, Opportunities, and Approaches
Wednesday April 3, 2024 | noon | online only


Research!America Alliance discussion with Professor Karen Andes
Professor Andes will explain the principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR), and provide a brief overview of participatory approaches to public health research, particularly as related to working with special or “hard-to-reach” populations. She will discuss some of the challenges in applying CBPR as well as the unique opportunities that participatory research presents as compared to traditional research approaches in prioritizing the lived experience of participants.

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Leadership in Action

Wednesday April 3, 2024 | 5:00 p.m. | online only


The online MPH presents Madina Agénor, associate professor of behavioral and social sciences and of epidemiology, for the next Leadership in Action Webinar moderated by online MPH students. Agénor's research focuses on structural determinants of health inequities; experiences of and resistance to racism, sexism, heterosexism, and cisgenderism in sexual and reproductive health care settings among mutliply marginalized groups; and Black women's community health and reproductive justice organizing and activism in the 19th and 20th century. The Leadership in Action Webinar Series features real and intimate conversations enabling students to gain interdisciplinary perspectives on the career paths of our extraordinary leaders.

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Our Storied Health: Anonymous Sister

Wednesday April 3, 2024 | 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:00 p.m. film screening | Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center

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When a young woman turns to the camera for refuge, she ends up with a firsthand account of what will become the deadliest man-made epidemic in United States history. Thirty years in the making, Anonymous Sister is Emmy Award®-winning director, Jamie Boyle’s chronicle of her family’s collision with the opioid epidemic.

Join the Pandemic Center and the Brown Arts Institute for a reception at 5:30pm, film screening at 6pm, with panel and community discussion to follow.

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The Power of Mistakes and Failure

Thursday April 4, 2024 | noon - 1:30 p.m.
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
McKinney Conference Room (353)


The United States is known and respected worldwide for its innovation. But innovation, at its core, relies on failure and a freedom to learn from failure. The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs welcomes former Ambassador Suzi LeVine to Brown to share how other nations view failure vs. the US. She will present the failed starts of many individuals we currently consider successful, along with tales of learning from failure in her own non-linear career.

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Federated Research: Opportunities for Health System Comparisons

Thursday April 4, 2024 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
SPH room 375


Multisite observational research reusing sensitive data requires a federated approach. Building on the lessons learned in several international research projects, Dr. Enrique Bernal-Delgado, of the Institute for Health Sciences of Aragon (Spain), will join the CHeSS Seminar Series to discuss key issues in the deployment of federated research including how to achieve the data-visiting principle, the orchestration of the nodes in a federation, and the need for semantic and technical interoperability.

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Strengths Based Approaches to Substance Use Prevention for Black Girls

Friday April 5, 2024 | noon - 1:00 p.m.
121 South Main Street, Room 245


The CAAS Postdoctoral Training Program's 2024 Angela K. Stevens Memorial Lecture presents Ijeoma Opara, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Yale School of Public Health, for "Strengths Based Approaches to Substance Use Prevention for Black Girls." Professor Opara is founder and director of the Substance Abuse & Sexual Health Lab at Stony Brook University and director of a consulting agency that offers training to youth, community-based organizations, companies and schools on topics related to substance use prevention and sexual health.

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Brown Undergraduate Journal of Public Health

BUJPH is Brown’s first undergraduate journal of public health, publishing articles written, edited, and reviewed solely by undergraduates at Brown University.


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Connect with the APHA

The American Public Health Association has a full line-up of events planned for National Public Health Week. From gun violence to climate change to disability advocacy, there are learning opportunities all week.

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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.

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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.

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2024 Highlights


Public Health Research Day