What I Learned From the Man Behind Ben and Jerry’s

No, it wasn’t Ben, and it wasn’t Jerry either. Last week I had the opportunity to hear Jeff Furman, a Ben and Jerry’s insider, speak about his role at Ben and Jerry’s , from helping to create its original business plan, to its innovation and social mission development, to selling it to Unilever, and finally…

My Last First Day of School

Today’s my last first day of school and it’s been a great one so far! It’s sad to think that this long journey will be over in eight short months, but I know I’ll be happy to be done and start applying all the wonderful knowledge and skills I’ve learned in my two degree programs,…

Using Census Data as a Student

Tiffany’s recent post about the 2010 U.S. Census reminded me of some of the reasons it’s important to fill out your Census forms completely and properly. Just this year alone, I have had multiple class projects that use Census data – for project development, community profiles, and tracking health disparities. I also participated in a…

U-M Students Mobilizing to Help Haiti

On the Wednesday morning after the recent earthquake hit Haiti, students across U-M campus started mobilizing to create fundraisers and garner other donations to assist in the relief efforts in Haiti. SPH’s own Dr. Armando Matiz from the Health Behavior and Health Education Field Experience Office called a meeting of interested individuals the Thursday after…

World AIDS Day 2009

Today is World AIDS Day: a day where 5,500 people will die of AIDS and 8,200 more will become infected with HIV – 152 of them in the United States of America. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS just released a report that says that AIDS is the leading cause of death globally in…

Michigan Community Conversation for a National AIDS Strategy

Michigan got its chance to give feedback to the White House Office of National AIDS Policy on Wednesday, 18 November 2009. From across the state, providers, people living with HIV, and people affected by HIV came and gave their recommendations, suggestions, and demands on video tape and in writing. I was the statewide organizer for…