Public Health Initiatives

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  • WNSB - Health Tips - Follow Up
  • 4/21/22 Courageous Conversations - Contact Info
  • Background
  • CPHI Communications Hub
  • Minority Health Month 2022
  • National Public Health Week 2022

WNSB - Health Tips - Follow Up

1. Stress Management - More on Positive Thinking

This CDC resource helps people understand the power of positive thinking and how to "Talk Back to Negative Thoughts." Though the focus is on folks with diabetes, the support can be helpful to all of us.

2. Drink Water, Regularly

As noted in this segment on WNSB, hydration is about drinking plain water and more. Follow up with this CDC resource, "Get the Facts: Drinking Water and Intake."

4/21/22 Courageous Conversations - Contact Info

"Disbelieving Black Women to Death: A Spotlight on Racial and Sexual Biases in Healthcare for Women of Color"

To contact the experts listed below, please send an email to publichealth


  • Dr. Faith Fitzgerald, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Diversity
  • Dr. Felicia Mebane, Executive Director (I), Center for Public Health Initiatives at NSU

Organized by the Division of Student Affairs as part of


Public health initiatives at Norfolk State University are inspired by the same vision that led to its creation during the Great Depression. The faculty, staff and students at NSU and our community and other partners are focused on well-being and justice with the end goal of creating the freedom to thrive for all people and communities in the Hampton Roads region. And, not just for now…across generations.

Public health initiatives at NSU focus on contributing to the creation of the vital conditions people and communities need to thrive on campus and throughout the region. We are invested in providing myriad programs and opportunities, from a Community of Care and Health and Wellness programs for our students, faculty and staff to education, scientific exploration, workforce training, student pipeline development and community empowerment and capacity building.

Public health initiatives at NSU are not new. Faculty, staff and students in nursing and allied health, social work, and education and sociology – to name a few areas - are actively engaged in promoting physical activity, combatting systematic racism, improving access to health care services, mental health, nutritious and affordable food and more. What is new is our level of commitment and focus. We are dedicated to expanding and enhancing our approaches and impact on our community through public health, including a focus on historical context, current conditions and action.

[This presentation uses language and frameworks from the Thriving Together movement described at Video:  Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery & Resilience in Communities Across America]

CPHI Communications Hub

The Center for Public Health Initiatives at NSU (CPHI) is building a public health communications hub to serve Hampton Roads communities and beyond. As a start, CPHI presents a communications spotlight on nationally organized initiatives focused on helping people and communities thrive.

Note: The information provided on this site is for educational purposes only and does not substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult a medical professional or healthcare provider if you are seeking medical or mental health advice, diagnoses or treatment. NSU is not liable for risks or issues associated with using or acting upon the information on or linked to this site.

Minority Health Month
April 2022 - "Give Your Community a Boost"

WNSB - Focus on Your Health - Follow Up

CPHI has partnered with WNSB and the Department of Mass Communication & Journalism to connect Hampton Roads to helpful information about important health topics throughout the month of April. For more information about "Focus on Your Health" segments, see the links below.

The Importance of Vaccines

Battling Misinformation

  • A Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation
  • Health Misinformation a 'Threat to Public Health' - Leaders Call Out Sources of Disinformation, Social Media Sites
  • Combatting Health Misinformation and Disinformation: Building an Evidence Base

The Importance of Mental Wealth

National Public Health Week
April 4 - 10, 2022 - "Public Health is Where You Are"

Saturday, April 2
NSUF Run/Walk for Scholars

In celebration of National Public Health Week, the Norfolk State University Foundation, Inc. will host a Virtual 5k Run/Walk to raise $50,000 to support Norfolk State University students. The run/walk will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022, and serve as the kickoff event for NSU’s university-wide focus on public health in April. NSUFCares

Monday, April 4
"Racism: A Public Health Crisis"

 Tuesday, April 5
"Public Health Workforce: Essential to Our Future"

NSU will host an invitation-only and faculty focused gathering for the School of Public Health Initiative with Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School. Conversation, faculty highlights and updates will help build the SPH-I academic community.

CPHI is collaborating with public health students at Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School and the American Red Cross to provide a blood drive.

ODU - Webb Center
Hampton/Newport News Room
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
All donors receive a free t-shirt!

For an appointment, visit and use sponsor code: NPHW.

Wednesday, April 6
"Community: Collaboration and Resilience"


Thursday, April 7
"World Health Day: Health is a Human Right"

CPHI presents Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett as the keynote speaker for RISE '22: NSU's Undergraduate and Graduate Research Innovation Symposium and Exhibition. 

Brown Theatre, Brown Memorial Hall
12:30 - 1:30 pm and via Zoom
Registration is required.

Friday, April 8
"Accessibility: Closing the Health Equity Gap"

Saturday, April 9
"Climate Change: Taking Action for Health Equity"

Sunday, April 10
"Mental Wellness: Redefining the Meaning of Health"