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Penn State students advocated for clean air and a clean environment last week by volunteering to pick up trash and cigarette butts across campus in honor of Earth Week. In four hours, 30 people, 27 of whom were students, picked up around 8,000 cigarette butts and 800 pieces of trash.

Mary Rosman, an undergraduate student in the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration, received the 2016 Jennifer S. Cwynar Community Achievement Award.

Sorrel King, a nationally renowned patient safety advocate, encouraged Penn State students planning to enter the health care industry to remember the story of her 18-month-old daughter who died due to medical errors. King delivered her message to students April 14 during the 19th annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture.

Health care systems differ from country to country. This group of Penn State students traveled to the Philippines to explore firsthand the region's contemporary health care issues and more.

Penn State students visiting the Philippines to observe its health care system also had the unique opportunity to advise Filipino high school students on how to be successful at an American university during a presentation at the U.S. Embassy.

Sorrel King, a nationally renowned patient safety advocate, will present the 19th Annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture, “Josie’s Story: Family-Centered Approaches to Patient Safety,” at 6 p.m. on April 13 in the Ruth Pike Auditorium, 22 Biobehavioral Health building, on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Undergraduate student Matthew Quillen, associate professor Caprice Knapp and Julia Downing, Honorary Professor at Makerere University, Uganda, and director of education and research at International Children’s Palliative Care Network, studied pediatric pain management in Uganda for ailments such as HIV, sickle cell disease and cancer.

Aligning with the idea that healthy emotional development in children can predict success later in life, the College of Health and Human Development offers a variety of courses focused on building empathy through skills and experience. One such course has been offered for more than 40 years.

Penn State students are helping to promote an annual grassroots effort to encourage Centre County residents to incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives.

Students in the College of Health and Human Development often find careers in fields that serve the homeless. Whether they are administrators of health care facilities, managers of social services, physicians, counselors, or any number of other service-related careers, students will likely, at some point in their career, work with people wrestling with homelessness.

Academic achievement, involvement in professional associations recognized

HPA seniors Lilliya Gortman and Jennifer Bear are recent recipients of The AUPHA/Foster G. McGaw Scholarship.

PORH addresses rural population health through web-based portal

In an effort to extend population health initiatives in rural areas in Pennsylvania, and to provide rural health care providers and community-based organizations with data and tools, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) has contracted with the Health Communities Institute (HCI) for ten, largely rural, counties in Pennsylvania.

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