In January of 2009, students and faculty from the five colleges, Amherst College staff and Alumni, and local community organizers and providers came together for a full day FutureSearch conference addressing Public Health in the Pioneer Valley. Organized and run by Annah Kuriakose '09, Jodie Simms '09, Elizabeth Ferguson '11E, and Dick Aronson '69, the conference aimed to establish a lasting public health presence at Amherst College. More than sixty people participated in establishing the framework for a student-run organization that would address not only the needs of Amherst College students, but also work effectively and in a lasting manner with other five college students and community organizations. Using the framework and excitement generated that day, a group of students, alumni, and faculty created the Amherst College Public Health Collaborative (ACPHC), which offers students information on public health matters and events, volunteering and internship opportunities with local organizations, connections to other students with similar interests, and stronger ties with alumni working in a variety of public health fields. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of those who attended the conference, Amherst College students now have a resource to which they can turn when interested in learning more about public health, and the entire campus can benefit from events, speakers, and raised awareness the ACPHC brings to the College.