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APHA-SA: Development Committee

APHA-SA: Development Committee

Committee Chair(s):

Lyzette Blanco

Mary Christoph

A robust financial base is essential if the APHA Student Assembly is to see its Strategic Plan come into fruition. The Development Committee must ensure that the APHA-SA is enhanced in terms of its operating status. Whether it be expanding the sophistication of the website, printing striking APHA-SA promotional literature, or sending delegates to relevant conventions and conferences, adequate funds are necessary. The Development Committee will support each APHA-SA committee in their efforts to acquire funding for various projects and programs. At the same time, a particular concern of the Development Committee is securing discretionary funding, money that is not intended for a specific purpose. With such funding, the APHA-SA will have the freedom to spend and save as it sees fit and according to its objectives. We encourage members to submit questions or suggestions regarding the committee's efforts; feel free to contact us.


The Development Committee will:

- Manage all APHA-SA fundraising activities

- Solicit in-kind support for APHA-SA structural operations

- Assist individual APHA-SA committees in searching for and securing grants

- Direct efforts to increase the level of discretionary funds.

Below is a list of the generous donors who help make the mission of the APHA-SA possible:

- Climate and Energy Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists (Gold Sponsor)

- National Board of Public Health Examiners (Gold Level Sponsor)

- Academy Health (Silver Level Sponsor)

- Global Health Fellows Program II (Silver Level Sponsor)

General Fundraising

The Development Committee will cooperate with the Treasurer/Finance Committee to assess the financial needs of the APHA-SA and will then formulate supplemental fundraising programs.

In-Kind Support

The Development Committee will consult with the officers and individual APHA-SA committees to determine the need for and will actively pursue the acquisition of specific goods and services that will contribute toward enhanced APHA-SA operations.

Grant Funding

The Development Committee will assist individual APHA-SA committees in obtaining grant funding for their specific programs and initiatives.

Discretionary Funds

The Development Committee will establish a sponsorship and giving program that will target potential individual, institutional, and corporate contributors.

Get Involved

If you have a desire to help secure monetary resources for APHA Student Assembly efforts, consider joining the Development Committee. Throughout this season, the Development Committee will be actively seeking out potential sources of discretionary funding through developing the Capital Campaign mentioned below. At the same time, however, the Committee will continue in its role by being a key avenue by which to obtain resources and services for APHA-SA operations. Experienced individuals are welcomed, but experience is not necessary to be placed on the Committee. Prospective committee members need only motivation, creativity, and a willingness to work. Contact the co-chairs for more information.


We are incredibly grateful to the generous donors who contribute year after year to facilitate the APHA-SA mission and ultimately give opportunities to public health students:

Climate and Energy Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists (Gold Level Sponsor)

National Board of Public Health Examiners (Silver Level Sponsor)

Academy Health (Silver Level Sponsor)

Global Health Fellows Program II (Silver Level Sponsor)

Individual Donors:

Pat D. Mail (Silver Level Sponsor)

Richard Joseph Cohen (Bronze Level Sponsor)

Jay Bernhardt (Bronze Level Sponsor)

Brittany Marshall

In addition, every year we endeavor to provide scholarships for students to attend the APHA Annual Meeting. This year, Dr. Lyndon Haviland committed to matching every $250 (or more) donation made by APHA leaders up to $5,000! This “Leadership Challenge” grant is exclusively open to members of the board, governing council and Action, Education and Science boards.

This fund was able to raise $10,000 this year, and was responsible for providing 20 scholarships for public health students. We are grateful to Dr. Haviland and contributing members for such generous donations, giving students this incredible opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting and showcase their research.

Proceeds from the challenge supported scholarships for students in need of financial assistance to attend APHA’s 2012 Annual Meeting, enabling them to take advantage of all Annual Meeting offerings and the following Student Assembly activities:

The National Student Meeting, a half-day event organized by Student Assembly focusing on student issues

A Speed Mentoring program that connects students with mentors in the field

The Student Social, aimed at encouraging networking among students and fostering a sense of community among aspiring public health professionals

Poster sessions where students can showcase their public health work

Dr. Haviland has decided to renew her commitment and contribute an additional $5,000 for next year’s annual meeting! The aim of the “renewed” challenge is to encourage the same spirit of participation and giving among all of our leaders.  Accordingly, the stipulations for the renewed leadership challenge include: and has been renewed for next year.

- Open only to both voting and non-voting Governing Council members, excluding board members.

- The minimum contribution is $100 to qualify for the match; the decision to lower the minimum contribution from $250 to $100 was made to encourage increased participation by Governing Council members.

- Funds for the renewed challenge will continue to support student scholarships to the annual meeting.

-The deadline for “matched” contributions is set for December 31, 2012. 

You can make your donation online at, selecting “Student Assembly” from the Sections drop-down menu or mail in your contribution. Pledge payments are welcome.  In all cases, we will make sure your donation is counted! 

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