National Public Health Week 2021

Monday, April 5

Wellness Rewards Info Session

10:00 - 11:00 am

Join members of the Wellness at Brown team for an overview of the 2021 Wellness Rewards program. This is the perfect time for Brown faculty and staff to become reacquainted with Wellness Rewards. Starting Wellness Rewards early helps make building healthy behaviors easier and more fun! Registration for the information session does NOT count toward 2021 Wellness Rewards but the free nutrition class held April 6 does.

Body Weights

11:00 - 11:45 am

A blended total body muscular endurance and strengthening approach to sculpt muscles, boost overall endurance, improve balance and agility, and make you feel truly alive. All fitness levels are welcome.

Caring for Self, Caring for Others: Mindfulness & Compassion Practices for Times Like These

12:30 - 1:15 pm

If we've learned anything from this year, it's that compassion and care are central to our public health mission. As we move into a post-pandemic world, mindfulness and compassion practices can support us in daily and ongoing ways. This 45 minute session will offer an opportunity to experience both a mindfulness and a compassion practice, and critical research on how compassion supports resilience, self-awareness, trust and connection.

Body Combat

7:00 - 8:00 pm

A high-energy martial arts-inspired workout that is totally non-contact. Punch and kick your way to fitness and burn up to 740 calories in this equipment-free class. No experience needed. Learn moves from Karate, Taekwondo, Boxing, Muay Thai, Capoeira and Kung Fu. Release stress, have a blast and feel like a champ. Bring your best fighter attitude and leave inhibitions at the door.

Tuesday, April 6

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Antioxidants and phytonutrients are buzzwords you hear in nutrition, but what are they? This class defines antioxidants, and discusses the beneficial research behind phytonutrients such as bioflavonoids, resveratrol, and lignans. Jennifer Zartarian will discuss sources for these nutrients and evidence based benefits of these foods. This webinar counts toward 2021 Wellness Rewards.

Alumni Panel: Advancing Racial Equity

4:00 PM

The SPH Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a group of Brown alumni working to advance racial equity. At this important moment for racial health equity in America, panelists will share their career paths, their important health equity work, and their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Dr. Monique Brown, Shane Lloyd, Catherine Nwachukwu, and Abdullah Shihipar will talk about their professional work in advancing racial equity in public health and how their time at the School of Public Health at Brown University prepared them to engage in this complex yet important work.

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Wednesday, April 7

Public Health Research Day 2021

1:30 - 3:30 pm

Public Health Research Day is an annual conference hosted by Brown University’s School of Public Health highlighting the research accomplishments of our students, trainees, and partners. All members of the Brown community are invited to visit the virtual poster session to learn more about Brown students' high-impact public health work. 

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Thursday, April 8

The Barnes Lecture featuring Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT | Virtual

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. He is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.

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Caring for Ourselves, Caring for Our World: Practicing Mindful Yoga & Mindfulness in the Natural World

3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT | Virtual

As the pandemic has revealed in so many uncomfortable ways, human well-being depends on myriad, often unnoticed, essential connections within us and between us. Compassionate mindful movement and awareness of the natural world can both play key roles in supporting our communities to emerge from quarantine stronger and happier. Join this 45 minute session to explore key concepts about and intersections between these two domains, and to experience a taste of these mindfulness practices for yourself.

Friday, April 9

Body Weights

11:00 - 11:45 am

A blended total body muscular endurance and strengthening approach to sculpt muscles, boost overall endurance, improve balance and agility, and make you feel truly alive. All fitness levels are encouraged.

Saturday, April 10


11:30 - 12:30 pm

Build a longer, leaner physique with Pilates mat work. The Pilates method helps to lengthen and strengthen muscles and balance the musculoskeletal system. The exercises focus on core strength, torso stability, and mobility of the limbs. Pilates practice will improve your posture, body awareness, strength, flexibility, and balance. All fitness levels encouraged.

A NPHW Student Event:

Supporting Mental Health and Understanding Expectations

12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT | Virtual

Students are invited to join the Rhode Island Public Health Association (RIPHA) student group for an informative and interactive event focused on mental health during the pandemic. It will include a keynote address by Dr. Vanessa Britto, the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Health and Wellness at Brown University, followed by a panel discussion. We hope for students to participate, ask questions, and voice their perspectives on mental health at the university level.

Sunday, April 11

Cardio Core

11:30 - 12:30 pm

An optimal mix of cardio and core training with pulsating music to motivate. You will be challenged with high-intensity strength conditioning moves including squats, lunges, and running bursts with options for high and low impact. Increase your energy and fitness levels while improving core strength, balance, and agility. All fitness levels encouraged.