Community Partners Program

A goal of SPH is to partner with community organizations in order to identify and address public health issues that are of concern to the communities that surround the Boston University Medical Campus. The Practice Office actively engages with the community through a series of programs throughout the year.


New Faces in Public Health

New Faces in Public Health is an annual public health training forum designed to introduce high school students to the field of public health through the eyes and experiences of SPH faculty, staff, and graduate students. New Faces works with health-themed high schools throughout Boston, including Edward M. Kennedy Academy of Health Careers and Community Academy of Science and Health.New Faces in Public Health is one of the many ways the school reaches out to the surrounding community, says Harold Cox, an SPH associate professor and associate dean of public health practice. “The day is an opportunity for high school students to admire the work of graduate students working in the field and encourages them to strive for a similar goal,” Cox noted. “And the high school students see the actual implementation of public health in the real world, like newly designed programs and policy analysis.”

The 2012 event focused on obesity and tied to a new two-year, school-wide initiative called Spotlight on Obesity, launched by SPH this past October. The program examines the complex legislative, environmental, social, behavioral, and economic issues surrounding obesity, which in turn could have direct implications for the local community in terms of better research and funding. Read More