APHA Disability Section Student Scholar Report

E ZhangOn the plane back from San Francisco to Kansas City, I spent time reflecting on my first APHA conference. It has been a great honor to win one of the disability section student scholarships.

This conference exposed me to many researchers, and potential role models from different US and international universities and institutions, allowing me to learn new knowledge about the intersection of disability and health. I was struck by the quality and diversity of research and how presenters translated their research to make real change in the lives of people with disabilities. I enjoyed learning from presentations and poster sessions about health disparities between disabled and non-disabled populations, ADA and health care accessibility, and training programs to increase physical activities for people with disabilities.

The new student orientation session was very rewarding for me. I learned about Disability Section history, started my informal networking and communication with mentors and other students. Also, as an exhibit booth co-host, I felt proud to represent the disability section.

 

I greatly appreciated this opportunity to attend my first ever American Public Health Conference. I feel that it will be the first of many, of which I hope to make sustained contributions in the future.

 

As a student with a disability from a developing country, I could not agree more with what Dr. Krahn said during the business meeting about examining health issues of people with disability from a global perspective and learn from other countries and also share our knowledge and experience with other countries to promote the health and wellness of people with disabilities. I am eagerly looking forward to making research contributions in public health in the US and in my own country of China.