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Students Reach Out

AIIHA officers Nov 2013

Student organizations at the College provide enrichment for graduate and undergraduate students, and offer many opportunities for connecting with communities, volunteering, public service work, and camaraderie. Pictured above are the officers of our newest student group, the American Indian & Indigenous Health Alliance. You can visit the College's Student Organizations page by clicking here. Some of student organizations actively engaged in community outreach include:

The Public Health Student Alliance

The Public Health Student Alliance (PHSA) is the primary student organization of the College. All students enrolled in the College are considered members of PHSA. Established in 1997 by a group of committed Master of Public Health (MPH) students, the initial charge of the group was to advocate for public health issues and to promote networking. PHSA organizes and sponsors the annual Diversity Celebration. Since it began, PHSA has matured and expanded its scope of interest and activities to include participation in civic health promotion events, social events, intramural sports and service projects. In addition to fundraisers, students have organized technical assistance workshops, advocacy training, and a student-to-student mentorship program. Although officers are elected each year, the group has chosen to govern itself in a nonhierarchical fashion, giving each officer a programmatic area to oversee and sharing the task of meeting management. PHSA is open to all students who are interested in public health. To get involved, contact any of PHSA's officers to get on the email distribution list and for information about upcoming events and meetings.

Jimmy J. Chhun
Ashley Bird
Zach Peterson
Andrea Wheeler
Global Chair
Natalie Lahood
Social Chair
Vanessa Cascio
Outreach Chair

The American Indian & Indigenous Health Alliance

The American Indian & Indigenous Health Alliance (AIIHA) is an undergraduate and graduate student organization that seeks to enrich and foster the educational and professional experience of Indigenous students at the University by offering diverse avenues of support that are responsive, adaptive, and efficient to meet the needs of Indigenous students, and by so doing increase the representation of Indigenous students in public health disciplines. Most recently, AIIHA coordinated the second annual Indigenous Day of Health during Native American Heritage Month in November, showcasing a performance by the Southwest Savages Dance Group, hosting the Indigenous Food Sale for lunch, and presenting brilliant speakers on the topic of Moving Resilient Communities Forward. AIIHA holds monthly meetings at the College and has been active in reaching out to incoming and current undergraduate students, maintaining partnerships with local tribal and urban health departments, and supporting other Native American student groups/organizations on campus. To get involved, contact any one of AIIHA's officers to get on the email distribution list and for information about upcoming events and meetings.

Aurora Trujillo
Carmella Kahn-Thornbrugh
MPH, Vice-President
Michele Henson
Addie June-Tsosie, MPH
Felina Cordova-Marks, MPH

The Social Justice Symposium

The annual Social Justice Symposium is a day-long, student-run event to engage faculty, students, community members, and health professionals in dialogue to cultivate awareness and encourage action in the pursuit of equal justice for all people in every aspect of our society. This conference is an ideal opportunity for our students to work directly with diverse organizations throughout the region to assist in dissemination of their programs, interventions and research. The theme of this 8th year's symposium, on Friday, March 28, 2014, is Health Equality: from Policy to Action. Abstracts are being accepted through Friday, February 7, 2014. Click here for the instruction form.

L.U.C.H.A. - Learning, Understanding, and Cultivating Health Advocacy

LUCHA provides students with community service opportunities regarding issues surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. The organization has provided a variety of field experiences with nongovernmental organizations which serve the border region.

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