Nationally, Relay for Life is a 24-hour “relay” that raises money for the American Cancer Society. At the University of Michigan, over 2,000 students and community members participate by creating teams to raise money before the relay itself and to walk around the Palmer Field track for the 24 hours of the relay. U-M’s Relay for Life group is one of the 1000+ student groups at U-M. Naturally, the School of Public Health had a team for this weekend’s event! The School of Public Health team, organized through the Public Health Student Assembly’s Community Service Committee, raised nearly $3000 for the ACS.
Students in SPH have interests across a variety of health topics, from infectious diseases to chronic diseases to social factors that affect health outcomes to managing health systems and more. Relay for Life is one way for students to get involved in a campus-wide activity to promote one of the many health issues facing the state, country and world.