Washington, D.C., March 17, 2011– The American Public Health Association announces André G. Stanley, MPH, as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government.
Stanley, a public health leader from Raleigh, N.C., was awarded the one-year fellowship following a highly competitive selection process. He will spend 2011 in Washington, D.C., working with legislators and staff on Capitol Hill to help inform public health policy decisions.
“I am thrilled and excited to have this opportunity,” said Stanley. “To spend a year in Washington, D.C., working in U.S. Rep. Brad Miller’s office on a whole range of social service and human health issues is a policy wonk’s dream. I am excited to have the opportunity to live that dream of participating in policy discussions at the federal level, especially in my efforts to relate the value of public health.”
With 30 years of public health experience, Stanley brings his dedication, enthusiasm and strong leadership skills to the Hill. He earned his Masters of Public Health from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, and completed his undergraduate work at Clemson University in microbiology.
Stanley has extensive tobacco prevention experience. He most recently worked as grants manager and tobacco program officer with the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund in Raleigh, in which he managed a portfolio of grants and was responsible for oversight of its $18 million annual initiative on Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation. From 2002-2007, Stanley was the assistant director and cultural competence coordinator for the Office of Minority Health with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in Columbia where he provided management assistance, coordinated cultural competence planning and training and provided assessment and evaluation for health disparity initiatives in South Carolina.
“On behalf of APHA, we are very proud to have André Stanley, a life-long public health advocate and leader, serve as the 2011 APHA Public Health Fellow in Government” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. “This fellowship provides a unique experience for increasing the capacity of public health professionals to inform relevant policy discussions and decisions. Filled with a respect and zeal for the political process, Mr. Stanley will bring his enthusiastic voice of public health expertise to the dialogue.”
In addition, Stanley is the proud father of twin daughters, and an aspiring voice over artist when he is not working on his other passion, public health advocacy.
The application deadline for the 2012 APHA fellowship applications is April 4. Applicants must be an APHA member, have a master’s degree or doctorate in public health or related discipline and at least five years experience in a public health setting. For more information, visit http://www.apha.org/advocacy/fellowship/.
The APHA fellowship, sponsored by an unrestricted grant from Pfizer External Medical Affairs, provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and makes practical contributions to enhancing public health science and practical knowledge in government.