National Public Health Week

Join Stempel College for National Public Health Week 2019!

National Public Health Week Events

April 1, 2019 | Living and Aging in Miami

Date: Monday April 1st, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Green Library (GL) 139
Event Name: Living and Aging in Miami
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The Age-Friendly Initiative – Across the globe, people are living longer and our populations are growing older. Miami-Dade has the largest population of older adults in the State of Florida with over half a million older adults age 60 and over in the County; and that population is expected to continue to grow to over 800,000 by 2040, representing 25% of the total population of Miami-Dade County (Source: Florida Population Studies: Population Projections by Age, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Florida and Its Counties 2015-2040 with Estimates for 2013, University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research). But, most communities were not built for this shift in demographics. Our economies, policies, and communities were not built to accommodate an aging population or aging in place. How well Miami-Dade responds to the aging phenomenon and meets the needs of older adults will depend on how well we prepare our communities to do so, and how we can work collectively toward sustainable change to ensure our community is a place where people of all ages can live with the quality of life that they need and deserve.


Isabel Rovira, MPH

Age Friendly Initiative

Isabel Rovira is a principal and co-founder of Urban Health Solutions and Chief Operating Officer of its non-profit arm, Urban Health Partnerships. She holds a Master’s in Public Health with experience in the public health, non-profit, medical, and government sectors. Isabel has experience in managing programs, grant writing and administration, and operations and administration for several organizations. She manages the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative (AFI) and is passionate about creating safe and healthy spaces or all residents. Isabel has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, and with other health related organizations in South Florida. Isabel has extensive experience in meeting planning and management and educational programming for the health sector.

April 2, 2019 | A Communication Called Bullying with Yes Institute

Date: Tuesday April 2nd, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: MANGO building 220
Event Name: A Communication Called Bullying with Yes Institute– Sponsored by Leaders in Maternal Child Health and Counsel for Student Organizations
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This course examines the phenomenon of “bullying” through the lens of communication. Children who are bullied are more likely to drop out of school, have lower academic achievement, and are at greater risk of experiencing anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideology—effects that can persist into adulthood. Children who report using bullying behaviors are over three times as likely to have multiple criminal convictions by their early twenties.

What is being communicated by those labeled “bully” and “victim”? How do we respond? Can our responses become more effective if our listening is more attuned to the communication being delivered?

Participants have the opportunity to redefine the context around bullying, shifting the focus from reacting to examining and addressing bullying at its source. This course includes leading research by top bullying experts in the U.S., and first-hand narratives from those personal impacted. You will leave this course with a new paradigm for bullying that can open a pathway toward win/win lasting solutions, not quick fixes. You will also have access to engaging local community resources on bullying prevention.


Joseph Zolobczuk, MS Ed.

YES Institute

Joseph has served on staff with YES Institute for 21 years. As Director of Education for YES Institute, Joseph leads continuing education courses for teachers, mental health therapists and medical professionals across South Florida – working to reduce health disparities of youth and families impacted by gender stereotypes and anti-gay social stigmas. He also serves communities throughout the U.S. through SAMHSA’s TA Network, providing cultural and linguistic consultation to systems of care with youth and adult mental health and substance abuse prevention populations. His public health research focus includes on the impact of gender stereotypes and anti-gay slurs in school and workplace environments.

He completed his Masters in Education from the University of Miami, School of Education & Human Development in May 2012, and was awarded the Student Silver Medallion award for humanitarian service from the Miami Coalition of Christians & Jews (MCCJ) that same year.

April 3, 2019 | Smackdown on PrEP : A Debate on HIV Prevention

Date: Wednesday Arpil 3rd, 2019
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Graham Center (GC) 314
Event Name: Smackdown on PrEP; A Debate on HIV Prevention – Sponsored by Florida Public Health Association, Society Of Public Health Education and Miami-Dade County Department Of Health
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This event will explore the differing opinions about the use of PrEP in the prevention of HIV in Miami-Dade County.  Presented in the format of a traditional debate.  Our moderator will give an introduction to PrEP and each presenter’s credentials as expert and ask important questions.


William Darrow, PhD. – Against PrEP

Before accepting a position at Florida International University (FIU) in 1994, Dr. William Darrow was chief of the Behavioral and Prevention Research Branch, Division of STD/HIV Prevention, National Center for Prevention Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has published 130 scientific articles, chapters and research monographs. He has presented more than 100 papers at national and international meetings and has consulted with many organizations, including the Global Program on AIDS, the World Health Organization and the European Union.

Dr. Darrow was recognized for his lifetime contributions to science and humanity by his hometown of Norwich, Connecticut, in 1992 when he was presented with their “Native Son” Award. In 1993, he received the Award for Sociological Practice from the Society for Applied Sociology. In 1994, he accepted the Thomas Parran Award from the American Venereal Disease Association. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award given by his alma mater, the University of Connecticut. In 1998, Dr. Darrow and his colleagues were selected by the editors of the Journal of Sex Research to receive the Hugo Beigel Award for the best scientific paper published in their peer-reviewed journal.

His role in demonstrating the sexual transmission of the AIDS virus was described by Randy Shilts in And the Band Played On. His character was portrayed by Richard Masur in the Emmy-Award winning motion picture of the same name. He can be seen playing himself in The Zero Factor, part one of the four-part documentary, A Time of AIDS.

Dr. Consuelo Beck-Sague –  For PrEP

Dr. Consuelo Beck-Sagué is a Florida-licensed physician, board certified in pediatrics and infectious diseases, who has worked in public health and infectious disease, including HIV, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease prevention and care for over 35 years.
She trained as a pediatrician in the Residency Program for Social Medicine, Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, New York.
She was accepted into the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, in the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Atlanta, Georgia. She remained at CDC for another 17 years, where she led dozens of epidemic investigations, multicenter studies and other research.
From 2004-2008, she worked as a Clinton HIV/AIDS initiative consultant to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Health to help lead the scale-up of pediatric antiretroviral therapy (ART) use in the Dominican Republic. During her four years in the Dominican Republic, the number of pediatric patients receiving ART rose from less than 50 to over 1,000, more than 77 percent of children diagnosed with HIV, one of the highest proportions in the developing world.
Three months after joining Florida International University’s (FIU) Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in August 2011, she submitted a proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with her FIU mentors, Jessy Devieux and the late Robert Malow, the first binational NIH-funded (Haiti-DR) pediatric HIV project. She successfully competed for and leads a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded training grant to develop a maternal and child health concentration and graduate certificate. She has authored/co-authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, chapters and national and international reports and guidelines.

Moderator – Chintan Bhatt, PhD candidate

April 4, 2019 | Using mHealth to Empower and Link Communities to Local Resources

Date: Thursday, April 4th, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: MANGO room 222
Event Name: Using mHealth to Empower and Link Communities to Local Resources – Sponsored by Stempel Public Health Association
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This discussion will focus on utilizing technology in public health. Every year, Florida is home to 150,000 to 200,000 farm workers and their families. Many of Florida’s farmworkers are Latinx immigrants working in the Homestead/Florida City area. Although there is high demand for prevention/intervention services within this population, many find it difficult to navigate the system. As a result, they often find themselves as victims of fraud or neglecting health needs that often escalate. Several studies have taken, what has become, a traditional approach to this problem by training CHWs to link communities to local services. Dr. Ravelo has taken a novel approach to a traditional solution by arming trained CHWs with mHealth technology that makes them more effective and empowers the communities they serve. Introducing SALVA, a bilingual informative smartphone application (app) developed for the hard to reach and underserved community. Dr. Ravelo will present on problems these communities face, past solutions, methodologies in developing the SALVA app, its functions, uses, applicability, challenges, data collection strategies, and future directions.


Gira Ravelo, PhD.

Dr. Ravelo is a Research Assistant Professor with the Center for Research on US Latinos, HIV/AIDS, & Drug Abuse (CRUSADA), at Florida International University (FIU). Her research agenda has focused on community-based participatory research (CBPR) and social determinants of minority health and health disparities among vulnerable populations including, Latinxs, Latinx immigrants, and farm working/migrant communities. She was recently awarded the CRUSADA Supplemental Pilot Studies Program grant where she will be assessing feasibility for a Latina mother-daughter dyad intervention among Latina migrants and farmworkers. Dr. Ravelo, just completed the Homestead Stakeholders (Stakeholders) project that assessed the needs and resources of the Latinx migrant/farm working community of the Homestead area. Currently Dr. Ravelo is the project director of an ongoing project titled Comadres/Compadres that builds on information gathered from Stakeholders in order to link the Homestead Latinx population to local resources via trained community health workers (CHW).

April 5, 2019 | Climate Change and Public Health

Date : Friday, April 5th, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Graham Center (GC) 140
Event Name: Climate Change and Public Health – Sponsored by Environmental Health Student Association and Miami-Dade County Department Of Health
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This presentation will explore the health impacts of a changing climate. 


Karina Castillo, MPS

Karina Castillo is Resilience Coordinator for Engagement and Outreach at the Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience. She holds a Masters of Professional Science degree in Weather, Climate, and Society from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology and Applied Mathematics from the University of Miami. Karina has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and various non-profit organizations focused on education and engagement.

In 2017, Karina made Grist’s annual list of emerging green leaders. The environmental media site selects 50 of the nation’s most talked-about organizers whose “fresh, forward-thinking solutions to some of humanity’s biggest challenges” stand out. For its second edition, Grist editors chose solution-based thinkers whom they are calling “The Fixers.” Additionally, in 2016, Ford Motor Company named Karina as a Mujer Legendaria as a representative of their green pillar for her work in climate and the Latino Community.

Karina has extensive experience in educating and engaging diverse audiences in climate change especially in the South Florida region. She has been invited to numerous national climate related summits and events including the release of the National Climate Assessment release at the White House in 2014.