Daemen’s Public Health Celebration to Include Panel Discussion

By | April 15, 2016

Area top public health officials will discuss “Building a Public Health Movement in Buffalo: Education, Community and Advocacy” at 5 p.m. April 7 at Daemen College’s National Public Health Week celebration.

Sponsored by the Daemen Master of Public Health Program, the event will run until 8 p.m. in the Wick Campus Center Social Room.

“This event is an opportunity for Daemen to help raise awareness about the importance of public health in protecting and improving the health and well-being of residents in our community,” said Dr. Brian Wrotniak, Daemen’s MPH program director. “There are many ways an individual can play a role in advancing public health, including through health education, community service, or modeling healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.”

Panelists in the discussion will include Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County health commissioner; Dr. Al Dirschberger, Erie County social services commissioner; and Apple Domingo, new American director at Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County.

Community agencies from throughout the Buffalo Niagara region will also be in attendance at the event to provide information on their efforts to promote good health in the community and ways area residents can become involved in the public health movement.

Light refreshments will be served at Daemen’s event, which is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Dr. Whitney Mendel at wmendel@daemen.edu or call 839-7660.

The American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week to recognize the contributions of public health and to raise awareness about public health issues and prevention.