National Public Health Week

Protecting, Connecting, and Thriving: We Are All Public Health

April 1 – April 7

Thank you for joining us in celebrating National Public Health Week (NPHW)! NPHW is a time to recognize the contributions of public health each year, and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

SPH hosted various activities and events throughout the week. Learn more below. Photo galleries forthcoming.

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We collectively tuned in for the NPHW kickoff forum at 1pm! Snacks were provided to celebrate NPHW and Grad Student Appreciation week.

SPH Photographer Chris Cooper hosted a portrait session from 1-4 p.m at the Mayo Memorial Auditorium Atrium (4th floor). Chris will be reaching out directly to participants with their photos.

SPH Research Day provides our students and faculty an opportunity to showcase their research activities to their colleagues and the broader University community. Check out the winners from this year’s event!

1:00 p.m: Poster session begins
2:15 p.m: 3-Minute Thesis Competition
3:00 p.m: Fireside chat with Dean Pettigrew
3:30 p.m: Award Ceremony
4:00 p.m: Event ends

We learned from incredible speakers including Senior Advisor to the U of M President for Native American Affairs Karen Diver, former North Dakota State Representative Ruth Buffalo, Elder and Storyteller Hope Flanagan, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office Director Juliet Rudie, who shared information on missing and murdered American Indian Women and Girls and the Red Dress Story.

This year’s hybrid Health Disparities Roundtable focused on preparing the public health workforce in addressing health equity and feature three expert speakers.

Storytelling through Public Service Announcement Poster Contest
Storytelling is a powerful public health tool that can inspire and shape community practices. Public Service Announcements (PSAs) provide avenues for timely storytelling and relaying pertinent messages to the public about a range of public health topics.

PSA Awards

Congratulations to our PSA award winners!

First Place
Samantha Saykao
“I Need This Reminder Every Day”

Second Place
Samantha Saykao
“Not Friend Shaped”

Third Place
Lexi Edmundson
“Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit”

Thank you to everyone who participated in our NPHW Scavenger Hunt! Participants uploaded photos to our Kudoboard and prize winners will be contacted and announced by April 12.


  • Attend and/or participate in Research Day/3MT
  • Take a picture with your favorite faculty or staff member
  • Attend the Health Disparities Roundtable
  • Drop off non perishable items for the Health Sciences Care Corner Food Drive
  • Move your body for 30 minutes
  • Find the words School of Public Health on campus
  • Find a SPH faculty member’s name on the scholars walk
  • Reduce your carbon footprint: take public transport, walk instead of drive, or buy sustainable products
  • Take a picture outside the SPH Dean’s Office
  • Find the Health Sciences Library Makers Space 
  • Enter the NPHW PSA competition
  • Take a picture in the SPHere Lounge
  • Find the SPH digital sign NPHW hunt message
  • Follow SPH social media channels
  • Create a public health-related post on social media using #NPHW #SPHProud
  • Take a professional portrait on April 2
  • Snap a selfie with an SPH student to celebrate Grad/Professional Student Appreciation Week
  • Choose your own way to celebrate Public Health Week!

Storytelling through Public Service Announcement Poster Virtual gallery

Posture PSA
I need this reminder every day
Charge smart PSA
CHARGE smart
Developmental Language Disorder PSA
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) in Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
HPV awareness PSA
You can protect yourself with the HPV vaccine
Not Friend-Shaped P.S.A
Not Friend-Shaped
The 5 S’s of Sun Awareness
The 5 S’s of Sun Awareness
PSA about beans
Beans, beans, the magical fruit
What’s in your drink? P.S.A.
What’s in your drink?
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