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Public Health Week to Feature Speaker From New York Times on Refugee Health

Public Health Week to Feature Speaker From New York Times on Refugee Health

Published: 3/24/2017

National Public Health Week is April 3 – 7, and the University of Cincinnati Master of Public Health program and its Gamma Rho student chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society will offer activities on campus and across the Cincinnati area, with a focus on refugee health. 

On Wednesday, April 5, keynote speaker Ben Solomon, New York Times multimedia journalist, will present, followed by a panel addressing refugee health issues both locally and around the world.

As one of New York Times’ first foreign multimedia correspondents, Ben Solomon reports, writes, shoots and edits documentary features for Times Video. Beginning as an intern in 2010, in 2011 Solomon moved to the Middle East to cover the uprisings in Libya, Egypt and Syria. Since then, he has been bouncing around the globe covering events and issues from over 25 countries, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Ukrainian conflict, war in Syria and youth in the Arab world.  In 2015, Solomon was part of a New York Times reporting team to win the Pulitzer Prize, "for courageous front-line reporting and vivid human stories on Ebola in Africa.”

Solomon’s visit to campus is made possible with support from the Department of Environmental Health, the Taft Research Center and the Graduate Student Governance Association .

Schedule of Events for National Public Health Week 2017: "Refugee Health”

Monday, April 3: 
Refugee health information booth with games and snacks. 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., CARE/Crawley Building Atrium 

Tuesday, April 4:
Volunteer at Matthew:25 Ministries (Be sure to mention Delta Omega) 
11060 Kenwood Rd. Blue Ash, OH 45242.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (select your time slot) 

Wednesday, April 5:  
10 a.m. Keynote by Ben C. Solomon, New York Times multimedia journalist, presented by the Environmental Health Wednesday Lecture Series and the Taft Research Center.
11:15 a.m. Lunch and social
12:15 p.m. Panel Discussion featuring:
  • Ben Solomon, New York Times
  • Fadel Shammout, MD, University of Kentucky
  • Robyn Lamont, Refugee Connect
  • Denise Pattison, Cincinnati Resettlement Program
  • Angie Vredeveld, Immigration Psychology Services
  • Patricia Back, MD, family medicine practitioner
Wednesday’s events will be held in Kehoe Auditorium, Kettering Lab Complex.
Space is limited, please RSVP by Tues. April 1 to

Thursday, April 6: 
Potluck and movie night featuring the documentary "Fire at Sea.” Bring a dish to share or just enjoy the film. Held in G25, Kettering Lab Complex. 
5:30 to 8 p.m.
RSVP to  by April 1 is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Friday, April 8:
Social event at Taste of Belgium
6 p.m.
2845 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45219
National Public Health Week has been an annual event organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA) since 1995. The purpose is to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.

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