Letter from the President

Habitat for Humanity, Project Makeover and Healthy Start are fantastic organizations we were able to partner with this year and our year is not yet over! This summer we will begin creating our directory and establish a mentor program for future inductees.  

As if this year could not get any more exciting, we had the honor of Dr. William Foege, a central player in the eradication of smallpox, deliver the keynote address at the induction ceremony of new members on May 2nd. Dr. Foege's address resonated on two central messages. First, public health is a profound profession that can make such a profound impact on anyone and everyone. Second, to stop sweating the plan and focus on the philosophy. Being in public health, no matter the capacity, shows your philosophy of protecting and caring for others. What better philosophy is there no matter where it takes you? 

This edition of the Delta Omega Gators demonstrates that philosophy. Thank you again for choosing such a noble profession and for being leaders in the field. We hope you enjoy this edition of Delta Omega Gators. 

Delta Omega Beta Upsilon Chapter

2018-2019 Beta Upsilon Executive Committee


Current Officers

(pictured top to bottom, left to right) President: Meghan Nodurft-Froman, President-Elect: Jodian Blake, Past-President: Dr. Denny Fe Agana, Executive Secretary: Dr. Cindy Prins, and Members-at-Large: Kendra Auguste and Kelsea LeBeau.

Special Points of Interest


Mentorship Program

As introduced in the last newsletter, we are building an official directory of our chapter members to facilitate networking between members and establish a foundation for a mentorship program.

We ask that you take 3 minutes to complete this survey that serves to capture your contact information and also asks if you are interested in participating in our mentorship program as a mentor or a mentee. 

We are stronger together and have so many resources at our disposal just by connecting with one another. Thank you for taking the time to put in your information to make us an even stronger organization.


Beta Upsilon Annual Chapter Meeting


Call for nominations! Please email Cindy Prins at capfive@ufl.edu with your self-nomination or nomination of our President-elect and two members-at-large to serve on the Executive Committee, along with Past-President (Meghan Nodurft-Froman) and current President (Jodian Blake). It is an exciting time to serve on the Delta Omega Beta Upsilon Chapter and we look forward to receiving your nominations.

Beta Upsilon will hold its annual chapter meeting on Monday, August 26 from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm at the CTRB, room 2161. Executive Committee elections will take place at this time.

2019 Induction Ceremony and Reception


The UF Chapter of Delta Omega, Beta Upsilon, held its annual luncheon and inductions of new members on May 2 at Emerson Alumni Hall. This year we were privileged to induct one honorary member, one faculty member, five alumni members, eight graduate members and new this year, three undergraduate members. The keynote speaker was Dr. William Foege. 

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Keynote Speaker Dr. William Foege

William Foege, MD, MPH, is a physician and epidemiologist credited with designing the strategy that led to the eradication of smallpox. Hailed as both a giant and a hero in public health, his contributions to child survival, preventive medicine, social justice, and the role of global health leadership and partnerships have shaped the world we live in. Today, he serves as Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.

Dr. Foege pictured with Beta Upsilon Chapter members and new inductees.

Service Projects


Habitat for Humanity

On November 10, Brandy Smith organized a group for a Habitat for Humanity house build. Thank you for organizing, Brandy, and thank you to those in attendance!


Project Makeover

Project Makeover's School Beautification Project was held at Lake Forest Elementary on February 23. A huge thank you goes out to Victoria Gibney for organizing our participation in the event and thank you to the Public Health Student Association (PHSA) for their participation. Everyone bonded over paintbrushes.


PHSA Panel Session

Thank you Charlee Ford, PHSA President, for inviting members of our chapter to participate in a public health career panel on March 11. Panelists were from left to right, Katherine Pizarro, Ayodeji Otufowora, Alexandra Burne, Brandy Stone, and Meghan Nodurft-Froman. Panelists had a fun time discussing career and further education options available to students after graduation.


Healthy Start Diaper Drive

Jodian Blake organized an excellent Diaper Drive for Public Health Week from April 1 - April 7. Thank you so much for your efforts for this drive.


APHA's Billion Steps Challenge

Congratulations! For those of you who participated in the 2019 APHA's Billion Steps Challenge, we took more than 1.5 billion steps!  Again, stronger together! Read more on the challenge. 

Annual Meeting Announcements


APHA 2019 Philadelphia

Save the date for the 2019 APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, which will take place November 2-6, 2019. The theme of this year's meeting is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health."

Delta Omega will hold its Annual National Meeting as part of APHA on November 4 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm, followed by a reception.

The University of Florida Reception, hosted by the College of Public Health and Health Professions, will be held at APHA on November 4 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Member Highlight


Jodian Blake

Jodian Blake, MPH, CTTS, completed the UF Master of Public Health program with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2011. Since then, she has worked at the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County as a Health Education Consultant and at Suwannee River AHEC as a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and then the Tobacco Program Manager. She currently holds a position at the UF Health Cancer Center in the newly formed Office of Community Outreach and Engagement as the Community Health Resource Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for fostering community health partnerships to help build programs from community identified cancer-relevant needs. She also communicates and collaborates with Cancer Center administrative leadership and UF faculty/staff to coordinate activities that address catchment area priorities and research goals of the Cancer Center’s 22 counties.

Notes and Reminders

Please complete this short survey and provide your contact information. Also, email your nominations for the 2019-2020 Beta Upsilon Chapter officers to Cindy Prins at capfive@ufl.edu.


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