Harvard College Health Advocacy Program

Sign up to join HAP!

By on September 8, 2013

Hey HAP!
Thanks to those of you who made it to our intro meeting!  FILL OUT THIS FORM by Thursday Sept 12th to sign up for the initiative(s) you’re interested in getting involved in this semester.

If you couldn’t make our intro meeting, no worries! You can definitely still join; see the descriptions of our initiatives below (powerpoint here: HAP intro 2013 fall) and contact the relevant board member if you have specific questions about that initiative.  Then, fill out the form above by the Thursday Sept 12th deadline.

Don’t forget to join our fb group here!

Fall 2013 initiatives:

1. Education Studies Program (ESP; teach high school students about the biology of nutrition and/or Sound Knowledge on Saturdays at Maxwell Dworkin (right on Harvard’s campus!)) Tiffany Lopinsky <tiffanylopinsky@college.harvard.edu> & Gita Bhattacharya <gitabhattacharya@college.harvard.edu>

2. Splash (same materials as ESP except condensed into a 2-day program) Tiffany Lopinsky <tiffanylopinsky@college.harvard.edu>

3. Citizen schools (teach junior high students in Boston about healthy living topics like nutrition, food advertising, vitamins, obesity & diabetes, and/or your own topic of choice! It’s a plus if you have Spanish and/or Chinese speaking skills as well. Happens once a week on a school day for ~3 hours in the afternoon (exact time will depend on your schedule once you sign up on the google form)) If you’re interested, send an email asap to Alice Li <ahli@college.harvard.edu> (HAP president), Andrew Kalina <andrew_kalina@college.harvard.edu> and Jason Gandelman <jgandelman@college.harvard.edu> (Citizen program directors).

4. Faculty chats (If a professor you know does research/teaches on a health-related topic, invite him/her to share ideas with undergrads over lunch/dinner!  This is a really great way to get to know your professors better.) Alice Li <ahli@college.harvard.edu>

5. Cooking seminars (Ever notice how common it is for undergrads to not know how to cook? Learn simple, healthy recipes from our board member Marissa, and/or help her teach a lesson! These will happen once a month, possibly in various dining halls- contact Marissa if you’re interested in either participating or helping to organize/teach!) Marissa Grenon ’14 <mgrenon@college.harvard.edu>

6. Life is Good Parties/Socials (Picture yourself as a future HAP board member? Here’s your chance to get creative by organizing “life-is-good” themed social events for undergrads!) Alice Li <ahli@college.harvard.edu>
7. HAP Insanity Workouts (Insanity is a cardio workout program that requires no props- so join us if you want to try something new, challenge yourself, and have a blast while meeting new people!  We’ll set up a regular time depending on sign-ups.) Alice Li <ahli@college.harvard.edu>

8. Annenberg Fruit Study Break (Contact alice if you want to help set up a fruit buffet study break in Annenberg!  Freshmen out there, get ready for the dry cereal  & chex mix at Brain Break in the dhalls- it gets unappetizing fast.) Alice Li <ahli@college.harvard.edu>

9. Blogging for HAP (If you have blogging experience and/or like to read up on health-themed articles every once in a while, why not turn it into a club activity? Many undergrads will benefit from reading what you post!) Juliet Bailin <jbailin@college.harvard.edu> & Emery Poor <epoor@college.harvard.edu>

10. Defeating Malaria (HAP is partnering with the Harvard School of Public Health to raise awareness about defeating malaria.  There’s an ongoing competition for $10,000 to develop an idea for on-campus malaria awareness (deadline Oct 31st); there’s also an ongoing seminar with incredible faculty (first one’s Sept 13th!)  See the defeating malaria website for details, or contact both “Andersen, Anna” <aanders@hsph.harvard.edu> and Alice Li <ahli@college.harvard.edu>

11. HAP Webmaster & Social Media Manager (Have experience with websites and social media? Help HAP spread our passion for health with the world and boost your chances of a HAP board position!) Juliet Bailin <jbailin@college.harvard.edu> & Emery Poor <epoor@college.harvard.edu>

12. HAP Videographer (Help HAP by making a short & simple documentary-style video of our initiatives this semester! Plus it means you’re obligated to attend our parties & socials :) Professional experience preferred though not required.) Juliet Bailin <jbailin@college.harvard.edu> & Emery Poor <epoor@college.harvard.edu>

13. HAP Photographer (Have design experience? Stop by our various initiatives this semester and work with our webmaster to keep a lively gallery of our ongoing programs!) Juliet Bailin <jbailin@college.harvard.edu> & Emery Poor <epoor@college.harvard.edu>

14. HAP Social Event Organizer (Want to test your creativity and leadership? Get involved in planning our Fruit Study Break & Life is Good Parties!) Alice Li <ahli@college.harvard.edu>

What’s the process for becoming a board member?
All incoming members are eligible for becoming a member of either the Outreach Committee or Programming Committee.  Applications come out by late November/early December in which we look for both a genuine interest in health through the candidate’s level of activity in the committee and evidence for a dedication to pursuing that interest during the candidate’s time with HAP.
I have my own initiative I’d like to add to HAP’s list of activities (eg, I want to show freshmen in Annenberg how to get creative with HUDS) How do I get started?
Believe it or not, all of our initiatives began in the same exact situation- luckily for you, we have all the resources you need, including who on campus to contact if we can’t help you out ourselves.  Email any of us on board; we’ve all had experience setting up initiatives so we’d love to hear your ideas!I told my friends about HAP; how do they get on the email list too?
Tell them to send an email to hap.harvard@gmail.com! :) They can also join our fb group here!
~Stay HAPpy,
Board ’13

—President – Alice Li ’14 (ahli@college.harvard.edu)
—Treasurer – Jeffrey Edwards ’16 (jeffreyedwards@college.harvard.edu)
—Outreach Coordinator – Juliet Bailin ’15 (jbailin@college.harvard.edu)
—Assistant Outreach Coordinator -Emery Poor ’15 (epoor@college.harvard.edu)
—Programming Directors
—Tiffany Lopinsky ’16 (tiffanylopinsky@college.harvard.edu)
—Gita Bhattacharya ’16 (gitabhattacharya@college.harvard.edu)
—Marissa Grenon ’14 (mgrenon@college.harvard.edu)

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Harvard College Health Advocacy Program's mission is to connect Boston youth and Harvard undergraduates with health education and wellness resources so that they may actively pursue a healthy lifestyle. To achieve this goal off-campus, HAP's mentors work with elementary, middle, and high school students to teach hands-on health curricula covering topics such as nutrition, exercise, food advertising, and music and noise induced hearing damage in youth. On-campus, HAP promotes our mission by hosting health-themed study breaks, group exercise socials, and resourceful cooking seminars. We believe bringing together undergraduates passionate about healthy living will enable us to improve the health of the communities in which we live.


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