APHA-SA Biosketch: Renata Slayton, MPH
Involvement in APHA-SA: Chair-elect (2013-Present), Nominations Committee Chair (2013-Present), Affiliate Liaison Subcommittee Chair (2012-2013), Membership Committee Co-Chair (2011-2012)
School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Department: Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs
Degree Program: Graduate Certificate in Public Management
Practice/Research Interests: Organizational Change, Health Management, Population and Rural Health Research
Other Leadership Activities: Intersectional Council Student Representative - APHA, Programming Committee Member - Missouri’s ACHE Chapter
Plans after school: I graduated December 2013 with my MPH. Since fall 2013, I have been working for Mercy Health System in Missouri. I am the Research Technical Writer and Statistician in their Grants Research Department. Currently, I am completing an online graduate certificate in Public Management at the University of Missouri – Columbia. I look forward to practicing my writing and research abilities and building new skills in management.
Personal Statement about APHA-SA: After hearing from other students about the APHA Annual Meeting as a first year MPH student, I was eager to attend. I quickly registered for the meeting and, simultaneously, became a member of APHA-SA. I didn't realize what this meant until I received an email about getting more involved. The opportunity to become a Membership Ambassador sparked my interest, so I applied and was accepted into that role. During the APHA Annual Meeting, I attended student meetings and introduced myself to board members. I had no idea when I first registered for the Annual Meeting that there was this great student organization inside APHA. After the meeting, when a call went out for committee (co-)chairs, I thought, "Well, I'm already doing this much. I can do more!" So, I applied… again. My involvement has, since then, grown and allowed me to engage with the organization and make lasting relationships with other students and professionals. From personal development to networking, APHA-SA has so much to offer all of its members. I love the challenges from being a leader in such a large organization. I am excited and enthusiastic for the upcoming year!