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School of Health Professions hosting Public Health Symposium Feb. 21

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 12:18pm | By: David Tisdale

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) School of Health Professions will host a public health symposium entitled “Mississippi: The State of Public Health” Friday, Feb. 21 from 9:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Asbury Hall, room 124 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Featured speakers for the event’s programming include Stephanie Piper of the Gulf Coast Center for Non-violence; Dr. Melissa Kay of the USM School of Health Profession’s Athletic Training Program; and State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs of the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The symposium’s schedule of presentations is as follows:

9:15 a.m.: Welcome and opening remarks – Dr. Hwanseok Choi, interim director, USM School of Health Professions

9:30 a.m.: Stephanie Piper, Gulf Coast Center for Non-violence, “Human Trafficking: These May Be the People in Your Neighborhood”

10:45 a.m.: break

11 a.m.: Dr. Melissa Kay, USM School of Health Professions, “Concussions: A Public Health Perspective to the ‘Invisible’ Injury”

Noon: Lunch break

1:15 p.m.: Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi State Department of Health, “The State of Public Health in Mississippi”

“We’re pleased to welcome these expert speakers to our campus to share valuable information about these very timely topics,” said Gina Fiorentini-Wright, coordinator of the event and lecturer in the USM School of Health Professions’ Public Health program.

For more information about this event, contact Fiorentini-Wright at 601.266.4839 or email gina.fiorentini-wrightFREEMississippi. For information about the USM School of Health Professions, which is housed in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, visit