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Campus Community Invited to ‘Invisible Corps’ Screening and Panel Discussion on Public Health Careers

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Students, faculty and staff are invited to the Thursday, Feb. 8, screening of the PBS documentary “Invisible Corps: In Officio Salutis (In Service of Health)” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 121 of McCarthy Hall.

The screening features the history and role of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. 

A panel discussion will follow, moderated by alumna and retired Rear Admiral Pamela M. Schweitzer, United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Schweitzer ’82 (B.A. biological science) is a recipient of a 2024 Vision & Visionaries’ Distinguished Alumni Award and will be among honorees at a Feb. 24 event. 

The documentary includes interviews of four former surgeons general, the current surgeon general, excerpts from past presidents as well as “boots on the ground” Public Health Service officers and administrators. 

Attendees will learn how officers throughout history have researched, developed and launched campaigns and cures on a wide variety of public health issues in order to save American lives up to and through the current pandemic.

Narrated by Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee, Ali MacGraw, “Invisible Corps: In Officio Salutis” explains the history of the U.S. Public Health Service, how important public health is to our nation and how the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service has been key to saving millions of American lives. Although invisible, they touch the lives of Americans every day — from ensuring safe drinking water to eliminating malaria.

While the uniformed services of the United States include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Space Force and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service is the only uniformed service in the world dedicated to public health. 

In addition to day-to-day responsibilities to support their agencies, Public Health Service officers are prepared to deploy before, during and after any public health crisis. Their mission is to “protect, promote and advance the health and safety of the nation.”

RSVP here to attend the event.

Michael Karg