Winter Preparedness Drive

The holidays are quickly approaching and during this time of thanks the Public Health Student Association have decided to have a winter preparedness drive for the Memphis Union Mission. We will collect blankets, socks, winter caps, gloves and Chap Stick. Please bring items to the Foundations class (Scates Hall, Room 204) on November 30th and December 7th. All donations will be donated after finals to the Memphis Union Mission.  If you are unable to make these dates, please let Executive Social Action Chair Obrenka Thompson know. Here email is as follows:

Service on Saturday


Students Advocating Service presents:

Service on Saturday – November 21, 2015

Service on Saturday is a program designed to give University of Memphis students, faculty, and staff opportunities to volunteer in the community without a long-term commitment. The program takes place once a month starting at 8:30am with free breakfast. Projects last anywhere from 2.5 – 3.5 hours. Free lunch is provided afterwards.

Date: 11/21/2015 (Sat.)

Time: 8:30am CST

Location: UC Memphis Room (340)

Sign up here.

“Rockin’ the Rivers” River Clean-up with Memphis River Warriors

Rockin’ the Rivers

Clean up the Memphis Rivers with the Memphis River WarriorsRockin_The_Rivers_flyer

This month, the Public Health Student Association has pledged to participate in the 1st annual “Rockin’ the Rivers” River Cleanup. On October 24th the Memphis River Warriors, the Wolf River Conservancy, Memphis City Beautiful, and Clean Memphis will come together to host possibly the biggest and baddest river cleanup in the MidSouth. This event will focus on cleaning up the city’s waterways in an effort to better our city and environment. The cleanups will begin at 10am at Nonconnah Creek, McKellar Lake, and the Wolf River, with an after party held at Wiseacre Brewery.

Registration can be found at

Memphis River Warriors

Learn about the Memphis River Warriors

MRWI was lucky enough to be a founding member of this group during my undergraduate career, when the Memphis River Warriors consisted of 30 of our closest friends and whoever else we could strong-arm into giving us their Saturday morning. We considered our technique to be more “guerilla warfare” and less “___ attack plan”. There was no “Memphis River Warriors” flag to lead us to victory yet. We were a rag tag group of students fed up with a problem and with just enough gumption to actually do something about it. We had an advisor that believed in us and partner organizations that wanted to fund our dreams. Our group cared little about established methods of practices and the “best” techniques of gaining community support. Instead, we lived and breathed river cleanups.  We blasted everyone on social media and in real life with the sad problem we had all been ignoring – our river was a wreck. In the first 2 years, our volunteers picked up over 50,000 lbs. of trash from the Mississippi River. 100,000 lbs. came and went and still we weren’t finished. As of Fall 2015, the Memphis River Warriors have held over 25 cleanups, with 2800 volunteers and 115,000 lbs. of trash collected.


My time with the Memphis River Warriors was ultimately what convinced me to pursue my MPH. I loved the feeling of uniting people over a common good and actually making a difference in the world.  I strengthened my leadership skills, learned how to apply for grants, and saw just what a little hard work can accomplish. I was blown away by the goodness of people, by the possibility that together we might actually be able to fix this after all.

The Warriors have spent their weekends fighting trash for the last 4 years, and they are nowhere near slowing down. This event looks to be the biggest in the Warrior’s illustrious career, garnering support from other local organizations such as Clean Memphis, Memphis City Beautiful, and the Wolf River Conservancy.

Author: Cheyenne Medlock, MPH Student & Co-Founder of Memphis River Warriors


details_73ebdb079c67bd26b690722f881065be390b76f63RD ANNUAL MILLION CALORIE BURN 5K

Now in its 3rd year, the Million Calorie Burn has become known as the premier 5k walk/run supporting calorie reduction and physical activity for children and families in the Greater Memphis area. Started by Common Table Health Alliance in 2013, the Million Calorie Burn has encouraged hundreds of people to embrace better, smarter ways of healthy eating and active living. Last year, registrants burned over 500 calories per participant in the 5k, one-mile fun run, yoga and Zumba demonstrations, line dancing and other activities!

Several local nonprofit organizations in the Common Table’s community partner network also support healthy eating and active living in Shelby County. The 3rd Annual Million Calorie Burn will allow participants to choose from one of nine nonprofit running teams to support their organizational mission and their efforts in combating the obesity epidemic. The running teams represent a unique partnership of local nonprofit organizations collaborating to support calorie reduction and amplifying physical activity.

Proceeds from the Million Calorie Burn 5k will support each of the running teams’ commitment to making Memphis and Shelby County a healthier place to live, work and play. Register today! The first 500 participants to register will receive premium goody bags! Join Mayor Wharton and the running teams on October 10.


Memphis and Shelby County continue to be challenged by social and economic factors that drive many regional health indicators to the bottom third of most national and state health rankings. In addition, our obesity rates are some of the highest among children in the county, a key indicator of early diagnosis of juvenile diabetes. Improvements to diet and exercise are known to enhance the lives of patients suffering from high rates of chronic diseases.


Please visit the link for RacesOnline for Million Calorie Burn 5K to register for the race and to see more details about the event.

Become a PHSA Officer: Deadline Extended

Want to become more involved in the MPH program? Want to gain valuable leadership experience? Want to help plan campus/community outreach events and social events?PHSA Elections Poster
Our mission and objectives are to organize health-related volunteer activities within the community and collaborate with health organizations agencies, and associations regarding public health programming activities, host social events for public health students to foster positive interactions among students, faculty and staff, and foster communication among students, SPH faculty, staff, and administration.

Officers must be degree-seeking students taking at least six (6) hours during the regular semesters of their tenure, and they must remain in good standing and maintain a cumulative of at least 3.0 GPA during their tenure. These officers shall work closely with officials of the School to ensure efficient goal-directed activities. Officers are encouraged to serve and/or participate at all major events sponsored by the School. These officers serve a one-year term and are nominated and elected at the end of the fall semester.

Students may nominate themselves and must notify the current President at by Friday, Oct. 8 with their position(s) of interest and an optional short biography. During the week of Oct. 9 – 15, students who have submitted their nominations may campaign during their classes.

Voting for officers will be open through the TigerZone website at until Friday, October 15th. PHSA members must login with their UUID and password to the TigerZone website and request membership in PHSA (if they have not already done so). Once your membership is approved, you may go to “Elections” and vote. The newly elected officers will be trained by and will shadow the previous year’s officers and will then start their term the following spring semester in January and will complete their tenure in December of the same year.