APHA-SA Devynn Taylor


Involvement in APHA-SA: Co-Chair Student Meeting Director (2013)

School: University of North Texas Health Science Center

Department: Health Management & Policy

Degree Program: Dr.PH

Practice/Research Interests: 

Healthcare disparities, health policy, community-based interventions, particularly Type II Diabetes, Cancer, and Youth Violence Research

Other Leadership Activities: 

Dr.PH representative for the University of North Texas Health Science Center (Present)

Research Fellow for the University of California at San Francisco Helen Diller Cancer Center. (2010-2012)

President of Alumni Chapter of The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (2009-Present)

Plans after school: 

My personal background has created in me a passion and dedication to improve the health of impoverished minority populations through public health research. I wish to involve myself primarily in healthcare policy, prevention, and medical research through the continuum of school & community-based intervention studies.

Personal Statement about APHA-SA: 

I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Student Meeting Director for the American Public Health Association Student Assembly.

As a public health student and a healthcare professional, I look forward to supporting the push toward healthcare collaborations and trans-disciplinary approaches to healthcare solutions. The ability and willingness to collaborate with others in your own discipline is the first step to this process.

The development of health-care reform and health disparity elimination, all start with a conversation, this conversation can begin while attending the APHA conference. APHA will provide an avenue to observe your peers’ research questions and their approach to their research solutions. This opens relationships and opportunities to collaborate with individuals by better understanding their research interest. In addition, the conference will allow you the opportunity to review the current literature in your respected discipline and talk with colleagues that may be experiencing common research road blocks.  

There are numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth within APHA’s Student Assembly through networking and mentoring sessions. It is my hope that the APHA Student Assembly helps to bridge the gap between public health students and future mentorships/partnerships with supportive healthcare programs, institutions, and individuals. I personally plan to use the knowledge gathered at the APHA conference to sharing it with my fellow colleagues for personal and professional development. I am looking forward to see you at the up coming APHA conference in Boston 2013.