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Koffitse Atchon

Involvement in APHA-SA: Campus Liaison Sub-Committee Co-Chair (2013-Present), US Central Northeast Regional Campus Liaison (2012-2013), University of Illinois at Chicago Campus Liaison (2011-2012), APHA_SA Membership Ambassador (2011).

School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Department: Community Health Sciences Division

Degree Program: PhD(c) in public health

Practice/Research Interests: Childhood obesity prevention, underserved community, global health, and Healthy Start.

Other Leadership Activities: President of Public Health Student Association Executive Board (2013-Present), PhD Committee member (2012-Present), Committee on Educational program (2012-2013), University of Illinois at Chicago Student Senator (2012-2013).

Plans after school: Upon completion of my PhD in public health, I plan to apply for the Epidemic Intelligence Service program with the Centers for Disease control and Prevention. I also wish to gain practical, hand- on public health experience in international and academic settings.

Personal Statement about APHA-SA: During my journey to a public health career, I wanted to be in a leadership position, make a global impact in my profession and have opportunities to network. Over the years, I took on many leadership positions within my school and the APHA Student Assembly (membership ambassador, campus liaison and central northeast regional campus liaison). As a current doctoral student and APHA-SA Campus Liaison Sub-Committee Co-Chair, I encourage students to get involved with the APHA-Student Assembly, and seize the opportunity to meet and network with many passionate public health and other health related nationwide group of students, use and enhance their leadership skills and contribute to the APHA-SA. Finally, I am proud to be part of the APHA-SA Board, and I highly recommend that all members from all different educational background to take on leadership role, build a healthy relationship and strong knowledge of this wonderful student led organization, allow for meaningful professional and academic development.


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