About Jennifer Celio

Jennifer Celio Our blog addresses the professional and educational development of Master of Public Health (MPH) students. Read along as Jennifer Celio, updates about research and news in the public health field. Jennifer is an MPH student in Health Policy and Management at the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College and is an elected member of their curriculum committee. Her interests include obesity prevention, food insecurity, health disparities, universal health care and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Overcoming my fear of public speaking

Each week in my public health management class, we read and comment on blog posts in the Harvard Business Review. One post, entitled Fear Means Go, got me thinking about all of the fears I had to face on my … Continue reading

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My study trip to Cuba

  In January 2013, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend one week in Cuba and learn about its healthcare system, thanks to the CUNY Institute for Health Equity and Professor Marilyn Aguirre-Molina. Since the end of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, … Continue reading

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Paid Sick Days: A Public Health Issue

Imagine ordering a meal at a fast food restaurant, and seeing the person preparing it sniffling, coughing and sneezing. It probably happens more often than you realize. Most fast food restaurant workers in New York City do not have paid … Continue reading

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Write to your elected officials regarding public health policy

In order to affect health policy, public health students and professionals must reach out to elected officials to make our voices and opinions heard. One way to do this is to mail out a brief one-page letter stating the issue, … Continue reading

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Superstorm Sandy: A Manhattan Perspective

After the APHA meeting in San Francisco, coming home to New York on October 31st was no ordinary feat.  Many of my colleagues had their flights canceled and were stranded for an additional 1-3 days.  I was one of the … Continue reading

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The Association of Schools of Public Health’s Student Leadership Institute

The Association of Schools of Public Health’s Student Leadership Institute held on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, CA was a wonderful opportunity to network and share knowledge with likeminded, highly motivated public health students of all degree levels throughout … Continue reading

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Make the most of your fieldwork experience!

Fieldwork is an opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom, become a part of a public health team, explore different career paths and network.  It can also provide a supportive environment to expand your comfort zone.  If … Continue reading

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All about the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting and the APHA Student Assembly

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is holding its 140th Annual Meeting in San Francisco on October 27-31, 2012.  During last year’s meeting in Washington, D.C., I attended a 2-day learning institute entitled Shaping Policy for Health™: Defining and Communicating … Continue reading

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2 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Global, National and Local Communities (before year’s end!)

The aim of public health is to improve population health and eliminate health disparities through addressing the social, educational, economic and environmental determinants of health.  BUT, this mission isn’t just for public health-ers…it’s for any concerned citizen interested in making … Continue reading

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The Power of Language in Public Health

While viewing the public hearing yesterday regarding portion control on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in New York City, it really bothered me how speaker after speaker, in particular those who opposed the amendment proposal, called it a “ban.” In fact, it … Continue reading

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