Public health students celebrate school’s centennial

As the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine kicked off the celebration of its centennial year, the school’s Student Government Association hosted its first Global Health Summit featuring several guest speakers who discussed issues such as healthcare reform and social justice.


Ryan Alipio, president of the school’s student government, said one of the main reasons to hold the summit was to allow graduating students to celebrate the centennial.

1912 King Cake for SPHTM Centennial Kickoff party!

At a kick-off party to the centennial year of the
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine on
March 7, student Ro Enriquez cuts a cake shaped
to form “1912,” the year of the school’s founding.
(Photo by Rick Olivier)

“For many graduate students that are graduating this year, they will not get the chance to return to NOLA for the grand SPHTM centennial year celebrations scheduled for this November,” said Alipio. “The SPHTM SGA noted this, and decided to do something to give students of the centennial class the opportunity to celebrate.”

Speakers included Shital Chauhan, co-founder and chief programs officer of Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization, and Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, founding director of Birthing Project USA: The Underground Railroad for New Life. 

A highlight at the summit was an interactive Healthcare Reform Panel led by experienced public health professionals including Richard Culbertson of the Department of Global Health Systems and Development and Kristin Lyman of the Louisiana Public Health Institute. The panelists invited audience members to participate in the discussion of issues concerning health care reform, global environmental health, philanthropy and public health, and social justice. The summit also featured a Student Public Health Initiative Competition, which invited students to develop a public health initiative on a limited budget to benefit those working and studying at the school’s building in downtown New Orleans.

Centennial events will continue throughout the year, culminating with a three-day event in November featuring notable speakers such as U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and other public health luminaries.  

March 12, 2012



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