World Health Day, which brings awareness to topics in global health, is April 7. At BJU, the School of Health Professions will join the celebration by giving students an opportunity to say thank you to health care workers.
The World Health Organization established World Health Day in 1950 as one of the first official acts of the organization. Each year, WHO selects a theme in health to highlight. The theme for 2021 is “Building a fairer, healthier world.” The goal is to start a conversation about equal access to health services regardless of where a person is born, where they live, where they work or how old they are.
Dr. Hannah Benge, communication disorders faculty, is among the group planning World Health Day at BJU.
“I think this is a great opportunity to say thank you to those who have impacted us. Those in our own school, those associated with us, and alumni who have worked very hard to protect and heal people through their COVID crisis. We want to say thank you and give students an opportunity to say thank you,” she said.
World Health Day at BJU
From 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on April 7, the School of Health Professions will have a booth on Palmetto Green. Students will be able to sign a banner and record audio clips to thank health care professionals who have been working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Amy Hicks, chair of the Division of Health Sciences, said, “This event brings our attention to the needs of people all around the world. Research shows that health outcomes really vary based on your income, education, and where you live. This day allows us to remind people that not everybody is fortunate enough to have the same health that we experience here in America. There are many people around the world that suffer from health problems and we need to bring light to that fact.”
BJU faculty, administration and staff developed evolving policies and protocols — the Campus Life Plan — to provide successful student learning in a healthy and safe environment and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus on campus. “One of those groups that we want to focus on is our very own student health services and the tireless efforts that they have been putting into helping students,” Hicks said.
Hicks hopes that students take advantage of the opportunity regardless of their major. “Everyone is welcome. We would love to see as many students as possible take part in this,” she said. “It doesn’t mean you have to necessarily be interested in health. It means you are a citizen of the globe and you understand the world you live in.”