APHA-SA: Biosketch Rahma Mkuu
Membership Committee Co-Chair, 2012-2013
Involvement in APHA-SA:
School: Columbia University
Department: Sociomedical Sciences
Degree Program: MPH
Practice/Research Interests: Health care disparities, Tobacco prevention and cessation, Community health, Chronic diseases management and HIV/AIDS.
Other Leadership Activities: HOSA-Future Health Professionals: National Postsecondary/Collegiate Vice President 2010-2011, Florida HOSA State President, 2009-2010, Florida HOSA State President Elect 2008-2009.
Plans after school: Upon graduating as a Master of public Health professional, I hope to enter the workforce and help eliminate health care disparities here in America and throughout the world for at least two years. After, I hope to pursue a Doctor of Public Health. Eventually, my goal is to move back to Kenya (my country of citizenship) and not fight health disparities but also help to improve living conditions.
Personal Statement about APHA-SA: Public Health has always been a passion for me. As an undergraduate student at the University of Florida, I majored in Health Education because it was the closest major to Public Health. As I was applying to graduate school, one of my objectives in my personal statement was that I was planning to join APHA-SA so that I can get as much experience and exposure to Public Health practice as I can. I was very excited to get my acceptance letter and I joined APHA before I even officially started my semester. When I joined, I immediately received an email with my username and password so that I can start utilizing all the excellent resources. When I received an email about positions that were available, I was quick to act and I am so honored and delighted to have the opportunity to serve as the Membership Committee Co-Chair. To me, the benefits of APHA-SA are endless. The amount of resources available for research, publications, internships, fellowships, and networking opportunities are what makes APHA a remarkable organization. As membership Committee Co-Chair, I plan to work and in hand with fellow Chair, Melissa Bonnel in order to insure that each member gets the most out the his/her APHA-SA experience. As public health professionals, we collaborate with a diversity of professionals in order to achieve our goals. One of my goals this year is to create partnerships with other health related student organizations in order to expand the opportunities and networks within APHA-SA. In Swahili there is a saying that, "Haba na haba hujaza kibaba" which means that little by little fills up a measure. I strongly believe that when people unite, huge differences can be made.
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Last Update 04/12/2013