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This Is Public Health, a brand run by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, raises awareness about education and career options in public health through student ambassadors, graduate fairs, partnerships, interprofessional activities, and other pipeline-building events for students.

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What does #pride mean to me in public health?

As a public health worker, #pride means bringing awareness to health inequities among LGBTQ+ folk and taking action to fight injustice. Whether that means more research and publicizing data or utilizing existing data to prioritize the need for LGBTQ+ programming, advancing health equity for the LGBTQ+ community is an important part of what we do. As an ally, it is my duty to educate myself on health disparities and needs of LGBTQ+ folk so when I am working with communities, I can tailor my work to be the best possible for LGBTQ+ members. Our work in public health is never done, but bringing justice in health to those who need it most is a big part of getting there.

#ambassadortakeover #pridemonth #pride #publichealth #thisispublichealth
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Student Leadership Institute Participant Charlie Wright shares “What prides means to them”:
🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈“My name is Charlie Wright, pronouns: they/them, and I am from the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Discovering who I am was not an easy task in the south. But I now hold proud the identities of gender-queer, pansexual, and Appalachian. It has been a long and hard road, but I can now say I am fully proud of all of my identities.” #mypride #myprideis #pridemonth
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Hi everyone! My name is Madison Snitker (she/her/hers) and I am a recent graduate of the Community and Behavioral Health MPH program at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. This week I will be taking over the #thisispublichealth social media to talk about Pride within public health and advancing health equity for LGBTQ+ folk. As June is #pridemonth , it is important to have conversations about issues of health inequity within the LGBTQ+ community and highlight important programs and resources which are breaking down systemic and social barriers to care!

#ambassadortakeover #pride🌈 
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🏳️‍🌈 Today marks the 51st celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. 

We honor those who have fought for equal rights to ensure that every person is free to live their life openly. We also celebrate the many achievements for the LGBTQ+ community towards this endeavor but recognize there is still much work to be done. Many in the LGBTQ+ community across the world experience lack of “fundamental rights and dignity in hospitals, schools, public accommodations, and other spaces.” (@whitehouse)

- 42% of LGBTQ youth, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth, seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. Yet nearly half could not access the mental health care they desired. (@trevorproject) 

- So far in 2021, at least 27 trans people have been killed due to violence in the US. (@humanrightscampaign) 

- There are 69 countries that have laws that criminalize homosexuality. (@bbcnews) 

- The United States and many other countries have restrictions on blood donations by gay and bisexual men. (@reuters)

- 250 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in US state legislatures in 2021, states have enacted more anti-LGBTQ laws this year than in the last three years combined. (@humanrightscampaign)
#ThisIsPublicHealth stands with those in the fight to ensure that every person is free to live their life openly. We will continue to use our voice to stand for improved health for everyone, everywhere.

Visit the link in our bio for the Human Rights Campaign’s tools for equality and inclusion. 
#pride🌈  #pridemonth
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Hello! I'm Brigitte Dietz, a newly graduated MPH in Health Management and Public Policy from Saint Louis University (@slu_official and @sluhealthjustice). I'll be taking over the #ThisIsPublicHealth social media this week to talk about what's on all new grads' minds--the job search! Whether you've secured post-grad employment already or you're still exploring your options, this week I will be sharing the advice, insight, and professional experiences I've gained the past couple years that can help you improve and pursue your options. #ambassadortakeover
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COVID-19 has had a profound impact on mental health. It’s critical to normalize mental health care to heal from the long-lasting impacts of the pandemic. 

Learn about #Tools2Thrive, practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency created by @mentalhealthamerica. 

View their toolkit by visiting the link in our bio. 

#ThisIsPublicHealth #MentalHealthisPublicHealth
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1 in 5 U.S. adults experience a mental health condition each year. You are #NotAlone #MHM. 

If you’re struggling, the NAMI HelpLine has created a directory of warmlines you can call. Visit the link in our bio for more information. #MentalHealthisPublicHealth #ThisIsPublicHealth
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People with asthma have “triggers” which can cause an increase in asthma symptoms or even an asthma attack. Not everyone with asthma will have the same triggers but it is an important part of asthma management and symptom control to know your triggers and take preventative steps to reduce exposure or avoid them. Visit today’s ThisIsPublicHealth story to learn more. #AmbassadorTakeover.
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Thank you to all our educators for your hard work preparing the next generation for success! #ambassadortakeover #teacherappreciationweek
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Our book club selection for May and June is An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal.

This book answers the question of how the American healthcare system became big business. It also provides valuable insight on how the American medical system transformed from a caring venture into a business that puts profits before patients.

Join us for our book discussion on June 19, led by our TIPH ambassadors Tate Atkinson from University of Oklahoma and Brittney Peterkin from The University of Miami on our TIPH Book Club via GoodReads (link in bio).
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Hi, I’m Kelli Gribben! I’m a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (@iamunmc) and I’m taking over #ThisIsPublicHealth social media this week to share information about Asthma. Coinciding with National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and World Asthma Day on Wednesday May 5, 2021, this week I will highlight recent asthma data describing the burden of asthma including disparities, the different types of asthma, environmental triggers, current research efforts and resources to learn more about asthma. #ambassadortakeover
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Hi everyone! I encourage you to plug into our Instagram story today. I am posting facts and resources about hypertension to help you understand the condition and ways that you can help protect yourself! 

Many of us know that hypertension can affect anyone – but it affects some groups more. Current research shows that in the United States older adults, non-Hispanic blacks, men, and those closer to the poverty line face disproportionally higher rates of hypertension; however, this doesn’t mean that other groups are immune. For example, a study published in 2020 shared that of adults between 20 – 40, 1 in 8 had hypertension. 1 in 8.

Let me ask you this, what is your hypertension status? Do you know? When is the last time you took your blood pressure? Do you know how? If you can’t answer these questions, I challenge you to reach out to a medical provider to help you understand your own risk better. Controlling for hypertension is key to preventing later stages of disease.

Check back to our story to catch some resources to help you know your hypertension status! #ambassadortakeover #thisispublichealth
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Happy Monday everyone! My name is Emily Gordon and I will be taking over the social media accounts this week. A little about me: I earned my BS in public health at Sam Houston before going straight to grad school. Currently, I am a third year MPH epidemiology student at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. I know – 3 years is not standard. I have been going to school part time while working full time in public health. I started off at a local health department, and very recently I have transitioned to the American Heart Association as a Community Impact Director. My passion is heart health, and this week I want to share that with you, along with my journey of navigating school, research, and work. I can’t wait to connect with you all this week! #ambassadortakeover #uthealthsph
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We are hosting the Public Health Jobs Virtual Career Fair on April 30th. This event is free for ASPPH member students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni seeking full-time jobs, internships, fellowships, and postdoctoral opportunities.

We encourage you to share this event with students and alumni. Last year there were 50+ employers and over 1,000 students from ASPPH member schools participating.

This event is open to any employers who are interested in connecting with public health graduates. 

Visit the link in our bio for student and employer registration!
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Hi everyone! My name is Brittney Peterkin, I am a recent MPH graduate from the University of Miami. I am currently working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center on phase 1 cancer trials. 
While pursuing my MPH, I became educated on maternal and child health issues, and I want to use my platform to inform others and advocate for black women and their children. This week is Black Maternal Health Week, and I will be presenting BMH issues and advocacy education. 
I am excited to host the ambassador take over this week and to share a topic that I am very passionate about. I'm looking forward to discussing this with you all. 😃
 #ambassadortakeover #bmhw #bmhw21
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19,387 people died because of gun violence in the US in 2020. 

Yesterday, President Biden took executive actions in an effort to address these startling statistics and combat gun violence. In remarks from the Rose Garden he stated “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it is an international embarrassment.” 

These actions are limited in their scope and there are calls for Congress to take further action. These actions and any further proposals are likely to face fierce opposition from gun rights activists. 

*Sources: Gun Violence Archive, NBC News

#AmbassadorTakeover #GunViolence #USNews
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