Shahida Rice


Involvement in APHA-SA: Action Committee Co-chair (2013-Present)

School: Saint Louis University School of Public Health

Department: Health Management and Policy

Degree Program: PhD in public health studies

Practice/Research Interests: Minority women’s health, health policy, cancer prevention, birth outcomes, prenatal care, breastfeeding

Plans after school: Ideally, my research (and hopeful publications) will explore minority women’s prenatal health and birth outcomes. I would eventually like to serve as a policy analyst for local or federal government. At some point in my career, I hope to also find myself back on a college campus—but as a professor. 

Personal Statement about APHA-SA: 
As a Los Angeles native and UCLA graduate (Go Bruins!), I spent most of my undergraduate career contributing to grassroots movements for accessible quality healthcare and other social justice issues. Serving in various roles, I also found myself invested in a great deal of activism on campus, including mentoring the student leaders of tomorrow. However, moving thousands of miles away with my husband to St. Louis, Missouri, to attend graduate school was quite a transition. I found it difficult to find a way in which I could challenge my passion and skills in a new and meaningful way. I was hoping that as a graduate student, I could take my efforts to the next level. I attended APHA this year looking for just that, and the opening for co-chair of the Action Committee called out to me. Along with my fellow APHA Board members, I am extremely excited to facilitate campaigns and actions across the nation to advance public health. My years of advocacy training and grassroots organization taught me how to plan legislative visits, lobby, strategize political campaigns, recruit members in our efforts, mobilize base groups and market a cause. So, if you’re looking for ways to empower, mobilize, organize or just find a worthy cause to contribute to, I’m happy to assist! Looking forward to a productive year of public health action!

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