I was fortunate to be able to travel with my family this past summer to visit my brother, Benjamin, who is serving in the Peace Corps. Ben is teaching English in the local school of the village, he resides in. While traveling to Namibia for two weeks, I was immersed into an array of local… Read More Tim Olson reflects on his visit to Namibia
During this past summer, a fantastic collaboration occurred between the College of Public Health (COPH) Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief, and Homeland Security (GHH) program and USF Honor’s College students as they began to work with local community partners including Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, the Department of Children and Family, and Hillsborough County School… Read More Connecting with Refugee Youth in our Community
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay works with victims of many crimes, specializing mainly in sexual and domestic violence. They have individuals who answer the 211 hotline which anyone can call if they are feeling suicidal, or do not know who else to call for their specific situation. Not only does the Crisis Center provide… Read More Learning about Vulnerable Populations with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Our class got to visit the Pinellas County Health Department in downtown St. Petersburg. While at the health department, we were fortunate enough to meet with two of their Public Health Preparedness Planners to learn more about Points of Dispensing (PODs) and Special Needs Shelters, and how they operate in Pinellas County. Just a little background… Read More Public Health Preparedness in Pinellas County
ShelterBox’s Mike Mira brought in an actual ShelterBox for “show and tell” during our community engagement class today. What a great (and fun) presentation! These boxes originated out of a Rotary project in 2000 for people who need shelter and became such a hit that the company was created. They have given out 150,000 boxes… Read More Disaster Response: The ShelterBox Solution
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held its 17th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium in June at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD. The topic of the symposium was “Moving Us Forward: Blending Higher Education and Experiential Knowledge in Emergency Management.” USF College of Public Health faculty, Dr. Robert Tabler, Ms.… Read More Students and Faculty Represent USF COPH at FEMA Symposium
USF College of Public Health undergraduate student, Greer Wellstead, shares some of the key topics guest speaker Bradley Keating spoke about during his visit during our 2015 Community Engagement in Public Health summer course.
“Bradley Keating is one among those many brave souls who are at the front lines of humanitarian relief when disaster strikes,” shares Ms. Wellstead. “His story should move us toward action; it has for me.”… Read More Greer Wellstead: Public Health & the Global Response to Disaster with Bradley Keating