Awards

A.C.T.I.O.N. Grant

The American Public Health Association has a scholarship/grant program entitled A.C.T.I.O.N. (Advocacy on Campuses that Impacts Our Nation). This is an opportunity for all students in public health and related disciplines on campus to design grassroots advocacy projects. The top submission will be granted $500 and should be implemented during National Public Health Week (first week of April). This grant program aims to motivate public health students to create and implement plans for raising public health advocacy on their campuses and in their communities. Applications will be accepted late summer, the winner will be announced at the Annual Meeting, and should be implemented during National Public Health Week. If you have questions, please contact the APHA-SA  Action Committee and NPHW Subcommittee.

 

Trong D. Nguyen Memorial Award

The Trong D. Nguyen Memorial Award was established to recognize the significant leadership contribution of a student in public health or a related field. The award, officially established in April 2007 by the APHA Student Assembly leadership in memory of Trong D. Nguyen, will be presented annually by the American Public Health Association Student Assembly.

 

Trong D. Nguyen, MHA joined the Government of Canada in 1991 and spent much of his public service career at Health Canada and in the Public Health Agency of Canada where he was devoted to policy issues related to environmental health, product safety, quarantine and migrant, health security, bioterrorism, emergency preparedness and response, public health system renewal, Canada-U.S. relations, and was a manager of strategic policy and planning.

 

Trong’s career was left unfinished as he and his daughter were killed in a tragic automobile crash in February 2006. Trong had studied health administration at the University of Ottawa where he received the Robert Wood Johnson Award for the student most likely to contribute valuable service to the health administration discipline.  While a doctoral student in health policy at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Trong was a founding member of the Public Health Student Caucus (PHSC), the organization that later became the APHA Student Assembly. He was an active member of the APHA until the time of his death in 2006, and a member of the Ottawa Hospital Research Ethics Board and served as Director and Webmaster for the National Capital Region Chapter of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. Trong was a quiet but determined leader with a great sense of humor and a fantastic appetite for life.


Under the terms established for the Nguyen Award, the Student Assembly will recognize one student who has made a significant leadership contribution in the field of public health. This can be at any school or at any organization at the national, state, or local level. Neither academic credentials nor grades will be a factor in selecting the awardees. Nominees will be judged by a committee of reviewers based on a personal essay about their public health leadership accomplishment and at least one letter of recommendation. Nominees must be enrolled full time in an academic program in public health or a related field, and be a student member of APHA at nomination due date.

 

The award consists of a plaque, one-year APHA membership, annual meeting registration, and a $250 stipend for travel and lodging to attend the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. The recipient will be honored at the APHA-SA Welcome and Orientation Session on the Sunday during the Annual Meeting. Applications are accepted mid Summer and are announced in June. If you have any questions, please e-mail the APHA-SA Advancement Committee.

2013 Trong D. Nguyen Award Recipient: Adeel Khan, Harvard School of Public Health & University of Michigan Medical School

Adeel Khan is an MD/MPH student at the University of Michigan Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. Born in Pakistan, raised in New England, and settled in Oklahoma, where he attended the University of Oklahoma graduating summa cum laude. He has studied abroad in Egypt and had international health experience in Egypt, Jamaica, and Pakistan. He has maintained a longtime passion for service and preventative care and his clinical and research interests lie within hematology/oncology and cancer epidemiology.

2012 Trong D. Nguyen Award Recipient: Sandy-Asari Hogan, MPH, CHES, CPH; University of North Texas Health Science Center

Sandy-Asari Hogan, MPH, CHES, is currently a Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) student at the UNT Health Science Center, School of Public Health in Fort Worth, Texas. Her interest are focused on efforts that support the reduction of health disparities by addressing the needs of underrepresented and disadvantaged populations, through public health programming, evaluation, and implementation. In addition she hopes to work globally on initiatives that strengthen local public health infrastructure to empower and improve the overall health of global communities.

2011 Trong D. Nguyen Award Recipient: Mercy Laurino, MS CGC; University of Washington, Institute for Public Health Genetics

2010 Trong D. Nguyen Award Recipient: Lynn Huynh, MBA, MPH; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2009 Trong D. Nguyen Award Recipient: Byron D. Hughes, MPH(s)Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

2008 Trong D. Nguyen Award Recipient: Robert Nelb

2007 Trong D. Nguyen Award Recipient: Lissa Knudsen, MPH CHE

Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award
The Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award was established to recognize the career of a promising young public health professional or student. The award was officially established in March 1979 by Peter Drotman, MD, MPH in memory of his late brother and is presented annually by the American Public Health Association.

Jay S. Drotman, MSPH, was a 27 year-old health planning consultant who was killed in a commercial airline mid-air collision in 1978. An honors graduate in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Drotman received his master’s degree from Harvard University School of Public Health. He was an active member of APHA and his last paper was delivered posthumously at the 1978 APHA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.

Applications are due mid Spring and the winner is announced mid Summer. For more information, go here

2013 Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award Recipient: Lawrence Chew Loh, MD, MPH

2012 Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award Recipient: Mariana Clair Arcaya, MCP

Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award The Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award is intended to recognize the essential role of mentoring in public health and leadership development. It will be given annually to senior public health practitioners or academics who take an active role in mentoring students and young professionals through regular contact, professional development, research support or joint publications.

The winner will receive an honorarium of $500, a commemorative plaque, travel allowance and complementary registration to the next APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. The recipient will also be announced in the October issue of The Nation’s Health. Nominations are accepted in March and the winner is announced in June. If you have any questions please contact the APHA-SA Mentoring Committee (mentoring@aphastudents.org).

2013 Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award: Manoj Sharma, PhD, MCHES, MBBS

Since 2008, Dr. Sharma has been professor of health promotion and education at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to that, he was an associate professor in health promotion and education for four years, an associate professor of community health education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for three years and an assistant professor of community health education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for four years. His other teaching experience includes as a faculty mentor at Walden University, an adjunct graduate faculty member at Central Michigan University, visiting faculty at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and as a graduate research and teaching assistant at Ohio State University and Minnesota State University.

Dr. Sharma has chaired the Nutrition Advisory Board for the American Cancer Society in Omaha, been an evaluator for the Project Frontier Youth Initiative, and served as consultant to the Indian Chicano Health Center, the American Lung Association and the Charles Drew Health Center, among many other public health positions. His publications include co-authorship on book chapters about such topics as community and public health, mental health promotion, health education and practical stress management as well as peer-reviewed articles on alternative cancer treatment, school-based obesity interventions targeting minority youth and the relationship between emotional intelligence and substance abuse, to name just a few.

"Dr. Sharma is a highly dedicated educator who knows how to motivate his students to strive for excellence and to lead his students in deep learning and critical thinking," said former student Edith Claros, PhD, MSN, RN, assistant dean and associate professor at he Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and School of Nursing.

Former student Melinda J. Ickes, PhD, now assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky, described Sharma as an educator "who maintained high expectations for all of his students."

"I will say that at first this was daunting, but I came to understand the importance when I left his classes with a better understanding of research, how to apply the information and a grasp of what challenges would like ahead," Ickes said. "As someone who is currently teaching graduate students, I further appreciate all that Dr. Sharma did for us as students to enhance our learning experience."

His former students also describe Sharma as someone who encouraged them to find balance in life and strive for excellence in all they do.

Among his many awards: the Outstanding Educator Recognition Award for 2012 from Cincy Magazine, the William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Public Health Alumni Association at Ohio State University and the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and Student-Faculty Relations from the University of Cincinnati.

2011 Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award: Karin Verlaine Rhodes, MD, MS

2010 Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award: Connie Kohler, DrPH

2009 Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award: Susan J. Griffey, DrPH, BSN, FNP

Friend of the Student Assembly
The Friend of The Student Assembly Award is awarded annual to an individual or organization that has been very influential in the success of APHA-SA activities, programs, or initiatives. Nominations and award recipients are made by the Student Assembly Board.

Winners will be notified in June and will be presented with the award during the Student Assembly Welcome and Orientation Session on the Sunday during the Annual Meeting

2013 Friend of the Student Assembly Recipient: Dr. Lyndon Haviland

With more than 25 years’ experience in domestic and international public health, Dr. Haviland brings broad expertise in management consulting, health policy, advocacy, social marketing, corporate social responsibility, and branding, as well as applied research design and evaluation.

A passionate advocate for social justice and women’s and children’s health around the world, Dr. Haviland acted most recently as a Senior Project Leader for the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. This initiative helped to align hundreds of world actors around a common strategy for saving more than 16 million lives and raised more than $40 billion in new resources for women and children.

Dr. Haviland has directed programs in philanthropy, HIV/AIDS care, maternal and child health care, vaccines and tobacco prevention and cessation services. She has also worked in a broad range of professional environments spanning domestic, academic, multinational and multilateral organizations and including the Aspen Institute, UNAIDS, the UN, the UN Foundation, HRSA and SPNS projects, UNDP, WHO, the International Medical Corps, the American Legacy Foundation, and the award winning TRUTH® campaign against smoking which won both a gold and silver Effie award during her tenure.

Dr. Haviland serves on the Board of Directors of Pact, where she is leading an effort to fund microfinance programs for impoverished women worldwide and recently completed a rotation on the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association where she was awarded one of their highest honors.

She holds a masters and a doctorate degree in public health, and has completed Advanced Management & Leadership training at the Harvard Business School. An accomplished writer and public speaker, Dr. Haviland has published more than 25 peer reviewed publications and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business School Alumni magazine.

2012 Friend of the Student Assembly Recipient: Pooja Bhandari

Student Assembly Chair’s Citation

The Student Assembly Chair’s Citation was established to recognize the significant leadership contribution of a student in public health or a related field to the Student Assembly as a member of its Board. The award, officially established in November of 2011 by then APHA Student Assembly Chair, Cameron Culver, will be presented annually by the American Public Health Association Student Assembly.

Neither academic credentials nor grades will be a factor in selecting the awardee(s). Nominees will be judged by the current Chair, Chair-Elect, and Immediate Past Chair of the Student Assembly based on their commitment and contribution to the Student Assembly Board. Nominees must be either a student or early career professional member of APHA and a member of the Student Assembly Board at the time of consideration.

The award consists of a plaque and annual meeting registration to attend the next APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. The recipient will be honored at the APHA-SA Welcome and Orientation Session on Sunday during the Annual Meeting.

2013 Student Assembly Chair’s Citation Recipient: Rachael Mitchell

Rachael N. MitchellRachael N. Mitchell, native of New Orleans, Louisiana, is currently a Doctor of Public Health student with a concentration in Preventive Care at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. She has received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Master in Public Health in Community Health from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Rachael’s specific areas of interest in public health are alleviating and increasing knowledge of preventive methods for health disparities, particularly obesity, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, in underserved, at-risk populations. Her future plan is to open an integrative care clinic that will fully utilize primary care and preventive care services for minority, underserved populations. Rachael is currently employed as a Wellness Coordinator for Loma Linda University Center of Spiritual Life and Wholeness and also currently serves as a Preventive Care Intern at the Drayson Center Preventive Care Clinic at Loma Linda University, Campus Liaison Subcommittee Co-Chair for the American Public Health Association-Student Assembly, Secretary for the Southern California Public Health Association, and Chair of the Arts and Letters Committee for the San Bernardino-Riverside Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

2013 Student Assembly Chair’s Citation Honorable Mention: Brittny Wells, Renata Slayton,& Denesia Parris

 

2012 Student Assembly Chair’s Citation Recipient: Stephanie DeFlorio-Barker

 

2012 Student Assembly Chair’s Citation Honorable Mention: Alex Bryan & Sheronika Denson

 

2011 Student Assembly Chair’s Citation Recipients: Alberto Caban-Martinez & Brittany Marshall


APHA-SA Annual Meeting Student Scholarships

The APHA-SA Annual Meeting Student Scholarship Fund was started in 2005 with the goal of increasing student attendance at the APHA Annual Meeting.

 

2013 Recipients:

         Lani Alcazar

         Taj Azarian

         Grishma Bhavsar

         Amanda Ciecior

         Nicole Coton

         Aaron Guest

         Debra Harris

         Martha Hart

         Nicole Homb

         Andrea Huseth-Zosel

         Vickie Lynn

         Katreena Mitchell

         Soumyadeep Mukherjee

         Rhea Olegario

         Hannah Priest

         Julieth Rojas

         Erin Saltmarsh

         Jacquelin Scully

         Sarah Summers

         Amanda Wendt

 

2012 Recipients:

 

         Mililani K. Trask-Batti

         Emily Zanat

         Larisa Brass

         Randolph Hubach

         Nadia C. Winston

         Marlisa S. Allen

         Jessica Pittman

         Denise Vidot

         Nickell Dixon

         Lauren Finn

         Brian Adams

         Sarah Bruner

         Marissa Thomas

         Eric Zielinksi

         Nikki Chuck

         Kristi Eftink

         Iliya Pauk Amaza

         Jenelle Lin

         Genya Shimkin

         Jerusha Weaver

 

2009 Recipients:

         Shubha Bhat

         Marie Boman

         Susan Darlow

         Lianne Estefan

         Aarti Patil

         Niketa Williams

 

2008 Recipients:

         Gabrielle Foley

         Rachel Hart

         Herpreet Kaur Thind

         Jamie Kimberly Lok

         Ghazal Soleimani

         Stephanie B Wheeler

  
 

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