Club Spotlight: Public Health Club

Public Health Club’s Vice President, Madeline Bill, and Social Media Chair, Kat Flores, advertise their club at USG’s Club Fair.

Public Health Club’s Vice President, Madeline Bill, and Social Media Chair, Kat Flores, advertise their club at USG’s Club Fair.

What is your club about?

The Public Health Club provides students with opportunities to engage in health promotion through on-campus activities and community service. We host events that inform students about current public health events and provide them with opportunities to develop professional development skills like program planning and health communication skills. The public health club welcomes students of all majors to participate.

When was your club established?

Our club was established in 2017.

Who are your current leaders (advisors, president, vice president, etc.)?

Our new executive board members include President Madeline Bill, Vice President Melanie Pagan, Secretary Anthony Mosley, Treasurer Sofia Smith, and Social Media Co-Chairs Samantha Osorio and Kat Flores. Our club faculty advisor is Dr. Colleen Payton.

When does your club meet?

This semester our club will meet once a month on Mondays at 4:30 PM in SMC 121. Meeting dates for this semester include 2/13, 3/13, 4/3, and 4/17. Please join us!

What is the most popular activity that the campus knows you for?

The Public Health Club has led multiple events on campus over the last few years, including Public Health Thank You Day, Stop the Bleed training, make your own stress balls, create your own first aid kit, and card-making for those in the hospital. We also participate in promoting National Public Health Week, which will be celebrated April 3-9 this year.

What are the biggest challenges that your club faces?

The biggest challenge that our club faces is increasing the number of students involved outside of the health majors. The Public Health Club is open to students of all majors, as public health impacts all of us.

If you could pair up with another club for an event or project, who would it be?

Other clubs that would be great to pair up with would be the Food Recovery Network and Environmental Coalition (ECO)!

What is the latest project that your club is excited about?

We are currently planning an event for Earth Day and want to collaborate with ECO in conjunction with the Career and Civic Engagement Center at Moravian University.

If you had an unlimited budget, what dream project would your club put it towards?

Our dream project would be an interactive presentation with CPR and First Aid training, which would help more people on campus to be prepared for emergencies and could save lives. We have also thought about a visit to a public health-related TED Talk.

How does your club intend to impact the school or local community positively?

Public health relates to everyday life with a focus on preventing disease and promoting health. Our club has engaged those within the Moravian University community in fun physical activities like a jump rope competition. In partnership with the health center on campus, we have provided students with DIY first aid kits. We have also provided stress balls and hand sanitizer so students, faculty, and staff can engage in healthy behaviors. We have partnered with non-profit organizations to collect winter coats for those in need, in addition to writing cards for those sick in the hospital. We intend to spread our knowledge of public health throughout campus to create a more informed and healthy community.