Rachael Mitchell, MPH



Involvement in APHA-SA: Secretary-Elect (2013-2015), Campus Liaison Subcommittee Co-Chair (2012–2013), Membership Ambassador (2012-2013), Advancement Committee member (2012–2013)

School: Loma Linda University School of Public Health

Department: Department of Health Promotion and Education

Degree Program: DrPH in preventive care

Practice/Research Interests: Alleviating and increasing knowledge of preventive methods for health disparities, particularly obesity, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease and cancer, in underserved, at-risk populations; health policy; increasing access to adequate health care  

Other Leadership Activities: Arts and Letters Committee Chair for SBRAAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (2013–Present), Secretary for the Southern California Public Health Association (2012-2013), Youth Advocate SafeSite (2012-2013), APHA-SA Abstract Reviewer (2012–Present), Housing Representative for the Armstrong Tobacco Control Task Force (2011–2012), Public Health Representative for the Graduate Student Coordinating Council (2011–2012)

Plans after school: Upon completion of my DrPH program, I plan to start a post-doctorate fellowship to gain more hands on practical experience in my chosen field. My long-term goal is to own a clinic that not only treats individual patients and provides preventive services but also promotes healthy behaviors in underserved communities.

Personal Statement about APHA-SA: APHA-SA has been a great asset in my professional career. I have had the opportunity to network with many students who all share the same interest and passion to help others as I do. These experiences have proven to be invaluable. APHA-SA has greatly aided in uplifting my career and opened doors that I would not have been able to open on my own. I am always willing to talk to students who are ready to get involved with APHA-SA and take their professional career to the next level!

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