Treasurer (2013-2014), Treasurer-Elect (2012-2013), Student Meeting Director (2012)
Involvement in APHA-SA:
School: Kent State University
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Degree Program: PhD in public health, concentration epidemiology
Practice/Research Interests: Chronic diseases (diabetes and cardiovascular disease), health care disparities, health policy
Other Leadership Activities: Teaching assistant for Clinical Epidemiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (2012, 2013), Graduate assistant at Kent State University CPH (2012-present), SGA President of UofL SPHIS (2009-10), MPH President at EVMS
Plans after school: Upon completion of my PhD in public health - epidemiology, I hope to either enter a fellowship or a job conducting research in type 2 diabetes development and outcomes. After gaining valuable experience, I would like to join an academic institution, conducting research and teaching public health.
Personal Statement about APHA-SA: I first became involved with APHA four years ago, during the first year of my MPH program. I became a member of APHA because of my interest in public health and the leadership position I held at the time. As a student who had never had any exposure to public health prior to joining the MPH program, I was trying to find ways to get more involved and network. I slowly became involved by being an abstract reviewer and moderator for the 2009 Annual Meeting. As a first timer, I was nervous about attending such a large meeting. But soon learned how welcoming and helpful APHA members and their student members were. Since then, I have become more and more involved each year in APHA-SA, going from being a Campus Liaison, to the Student Meeting co-director, to now being the treasurer-elect. I feel that APHA-SA has afforded me the opportunity to be the leader I am today, and future public health leader I hope to be. I am proud to be a part of a large organization that has introduced me to students from different programs and backgrounds from all over the country. I encourage all students who are looking for a great APHA experience, to take advantage of all the opportunities for personal and professional growth that Student Assembly has to offer, regardless of how involved you want to get. As students, we are the future of public health, and I have one question for you: are you ready to be a part of that future?
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