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Tampa students host busy week of events.

At the University of South Florida College of Public Health in TAMPA, FLA., students, faculty and staff joined to put on an array of educational, research and service activities. A week prior to National Public Health Week, students met with employers from public and private agencies as part of the school's biannual recruitment and networking fair. On March 28, the school and University of South Florida Health hosted renowned physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer, PhD, MD, who discussed how he has been able to combine his passions for medicine, anthropology and social change through the development of his non-profit organization, Partners in Health.

A health fair held in conjunction with the University of South Florida Health Service Corps and Catholic Mobile Medical Services targeted migrant farm worker families. Public health students served as interpreters for the medical students providing health screenings and led bicycle helmet fittings, health education and fitness activities for children.

On April 2, the school held a highly successful blood drive and then celebrated with its annual awards ceremony honoring new inductees into Delta Omega, an honorary public health society, and awarding student scholarship awards and certificates for research.

The Outstanding Woman in Public Health Award went to Marie-Jose Francoise, executive director of the Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention in Orlando, Fla., and public relations and outreach coordinator of the community health centers serving the central Florida community.

The Public Health Student Association hosted an ice cream social April 5, followed by a showing of the film "Lost Boys of Sudan" and a question-and-answer session led by a Sudanese refugee.

Lynn McDonald, PhD, university professor emerita from Canada's University of Guelph, wrapped up the week's activities with a lecture that addressed "Public Health: From Florence Nightingale to Climate Change."
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