APHA-SA Biosketch: Elizabeth Baker, M.P.H., C.P.H.
Involvement in APHA-SA: Mentoring Committee Co-Chair (2010-Present), Student Member since 2007
School: University of South Florida, College of Public Health
Department: Community and Family Health
Degree Program: Ph.D. in Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health
Practice/Research Interests: My research interests include women’s health; sexual health education and promotion; STD prevention; and female infertility. In general, my dissertation topic explores the ways in which females (and their families) understand and manage a polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) diagnosis.
Other Leadership Activities: Emerging Reproductive Technologies Task Force Member, PRSH Section (2010-Present), Interim President of the North Carolina Public Health Association-Student Section (2008), Etta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honorary Vice President, USF-COPH (2010-Present)
Plans after school: Upon completion of my Ph.D. degree, I intend on continuing my work in academia. I enjoy teaching women’s health and sexual health classes and look forward to continuing my research in women’s sexual and reproductive health.
Personal Statement about APHA-SA: As a graduate student, I enjoyed having a leadership position in NCPHA-SA and knew I wanted to become further involved at a national level as I pursued a Ph.D. degree. Although I had only attended APHA twice, I decided to respond to an email advertising open positions within APHA Student Assembly, which proved to be a wonderful opportunity. APHA-SA provides students the unique opportunity to network with other public health students, to be mentored by public health professionals with similar research interests, and to serve students world-wide via executive board and committee chair positions. In addition, it keeps students informed about major public health policy issues, gives students the opportunity to present original work during the annual conference, and has its own scholarship programs. I strongly encourage any student interested in taking a more active role in the assembly to respond to open position announcements and/or to contact committee chairs to see how you can be more involved with specific committee activities.
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