Members of the MCPHS Public Health team  at the Massachusetts Public Health Association annual meeting, expo and career fair.

MCPHS Co-Sponsors MA Public Health Association Annual Meeting

December 05, 2016

  • On November 16, the Massachusetts Public Health Association hosted their 2016 annual meeting, expo and career fair in Worcester, MA.

    Each year, members of the Public Health community at MCPHS attend the meeting, and this year, the event was sponsored by MCPHS at the educator level. "We are extremely grateful for the support of senior leadership here in recognizing the value of this meeting," said Carly Levy MPH, CPH, Instructor of Public Health and Director of the Master of Public Health program.

    Abhidnya Kurve MPH '17 is an intern with MPHA and has worked on several projects with the organization. According to Levy, she was an integral part of the planning process for the conference.

    The event was attended by more than 450 public health professionals, activists, and students, who addressed racism as a key social determinant of health and discussed ways to eliminate racism and its negative impact on health in the Commonwealth. Another topic of discussion was ways to move the public health agenda forward.

    MPHA is the premier professional organization for public health practitioners in Massachusetts. "MPHA partners with a number of state and local community partners to address the most complex health issues in Massachusetts through legislative advocacy, education, community organizing, and coalition building," explains Levy.

    The annual meeting enables Master of Public Health students to come together with public health professionals from across the Commonwealth and hear diverse perspectives on a variety of issues related to public health.

    "I think students benefit from seeing the theoretical information they learn in the classroom in action," said Director Levy. "As an example, a panel of presenters shared their experiences in addressing structural racism in their communities and advancing health equity. This deepens their learning and allows them to connect theory to practice."

    The meeting is also a time when students share their research. Rushina Pancholi, MPH '17 presented “Grant Funding and Organizing Oral Health Education Events," her work with the Better Oral Health Massachusetts Coalition.

    The meeting empowers students to take advantage of important networking opportunities. "The annual meeting allows students to network with public health professionals and explore opportunities to utilize their skills acquired through the MPH," said Levy.

    The conference also represents a value experience for faculty. "As an educator, it is important to stay current with various topics in public health and meetings like this allow us to share ideas," said Levy.

    Through our flexible Master of Public Health program, you can study full- or part- time, either on campus or online, with a concentration in Community Health.