UGA Public Health

Undergraduate Newsletter

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January 8, 2016

Welcome back to the start of another semester in the College of Public Health. We hope you all had wonderful break. Here is our first Friday Newsletter of the year!

General Announcements

Student Alumni Council Taking Applications
Are you interested in joining the Student Alumni Council? SAC participates in and coordinates activities on campus and within the UGA community. SAC offers its members unparalleled leadership opportunities through events, conferences and networking with alumni. The bonds forged between members and alumni as well as the Alumni Association staff, has proved invaluable as many SAC members have created long lasting friendships and networking bonds. The application process for the 2016-2017 year closes February 1st. To learn more and apply, visit

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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the National Day of Service, The College Factory, Inc. will be hosting its first ever “We Dream” 5k Charity Walk and Community Resource Fair.

The College Factory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded by Mr. Lawrence Harris, Director of the Athens Community Career Academy. The mission is to build college-going culture within underserved communities and a place where students can come to receive one-on-one career and educational advice. The goal of this fundraiser is to provide funds to purchase educational supplies and resources for students and a facility to house the College Factory. This center will be staffed with trained college and career advisers that will assist youth, as well adults with their college or career planning. In addition to this, advisers provide information and support for other topics such as interviewing skills, budgeting, life management, the value of volunteerism, as well as other soft skills. To learn more about the organization and its mission, please visit our website here

Join us for the first talk in the 2016 Voices from the Vanguard series on Tuesday, January 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the UGA Chapel as Wade C.L. Williams discusses “Mobilizing West African Communities to Defeat Ebola.” The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was the top health story of 2014, killing thousands of people, dominating news coverage and sending shockwaves through global travel and trade. Liberian journalist Wade C. L. Williams was on the front lines in Monrovia as an investigative journalist and head of the news desk at FrontPage Africa, one of West Africa’s largest digital news organizations. For more information, please visit

Transfer Prehealth Welcome Sessions
Are you a transfer student interested in the health profession? If so; please join the Premedical Studies office staff and the Office of Transfer Academic Services staff for an informative Q & A Welcome Session. We will host two sessions;
  • January 20, 2016, Miller Learning Center, room 207 from 4pm-5pm
  • January 21, 2016, Miller Learning Center, room 207 from 5pm - 6pm

Sign-up is not required for the sessions. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Keisha Chandler at

Volunteer Opportunity for Pre-Med Students

Foothills AHEC and UGA will offer a Health Careers Youth Conference, June 7-9, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, to high school students. Additional information is available via the UGA website:
I am looking for pre-med student volunteers to assist with the logistics of the program.

This is an excellent learning opportunity for the pre-med students. It is another event to assist them in their pursuit of a career in healthcare with networking occasions and a prestigious experience to add to their college-entry applications/interviews, scholarship applications, and resume. Please ask students to email me by January 19th if they are interested in being considered for participation.

Teresa H. Davis, Health Careers Coordinator,

Summer Opportunity

Harvard School of Public Health

The Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is extending an invitation to students who wish to participate in a summer program here at the Harvard Chan School. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have regarding this program. Application Deadline is February 26, 2016!

Summer Program website:

Application link:

PDF Flyer(active links in PDF):

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Wake Forest's Summer Scholars Program is now accepting applications. See the link for more details:

Foothills AHEC Pathway to Med School Program Research Project
The practice-based research component of the Foothills AHEC Pathway to Med School Program is meant to encourage undergraduate pre-med students to examine the health care processes and patient populations in community-based, primary care clinical settings to ultimately improve care and outcomes.

  • Physician volunteers guide teams of three to four program participants over the course of the month to collect and analyze data from designated practice sites, culminating in the production of a scientific poster and corresponding presentation.
  • Approximately 60 program hours are dedicated for participants to collaborate on the research project, plus any evening or weekend work that may be necessary.
  • Physician volunteers will meet with participants periodically during these hours, specifically the afternoon of June 1st for project orientation and June 29th and 30th for presentation practice and graduation, respectively.
  • Posters are intended for submission to the Research Poster Competition at the Georgia Academy of Family Physician’s 2016 Annual Scientific Assembly, which is usually held in November in Atlanta.
  • Posters presented may be research results, case reports, summer projects, or educational projects.
  • Posters may address any topic relevant to primary care medicine.
  • Submissions must be of original work not yet published or presented at regional or national meetings.
  • Medical student projects previously presented at medical school or student “Research Days” or Summer Preceptorship programs are acceptable. Concurrent (2015) submissions to other conferences such as NAPCRG and STFM are considered legitimate and are, in fact, encouraged. Posters will be judged for awards at the time of presentation at the meeting.
  • Review will focus on the following:
    1. Significance of findings for practicing primary care physicians;
    2. Quality of presentation of findings; and,
    3. Quality of methods used to generate findings.
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