Get Involved

How to Get Involved in the Mental Health Section


Make the Mental Health Section one of your two member Sections when you join APHA or renew your APHA membership. You'll join over 1,600 colleagues from diverse disciplines who are committed to developing, fostering and advocating for mental health through research, policy, practice and education. We offer opportunities to students, early-career, seasoned and senior professionals and advocates.

Get involved in the Mental Health Section!

Dedicate some time to help out and promote our Section and its mission! If the APHA Mental Health Section is one of your Section affiliations, we encourage you to participate in Section activities. Opportunities include reviewing abstracts to be presented at the APHA Annual Meeting, assisting with the Section's booth, social, mentoring, and outreach activities before and during the Annual Meeting, participating in one of the Section's work groups, engaging in Mental Health Section advocacy activities, developing policy statements affecting mental health, and many more! If you are interested in serving on a Section committee or work group, please contact the committee chair listed below.

  • Advocacy | Christopher Larrison
  • Awards | MaryJane Alexander, Jenna van Draanen
  • Booth | Ashwini Tiwari
  • Membership |Ashwini Tiwari, Margaret Walkover
  • Mentoring | Jenn Leiferman, Marissa Ramirez, Ashwini Tiwari
  • Policy | Jennifer Magnabosco
  • Program | Robin Kimbrough-Melton, Tiffany Haynes, Leslie Adams
  • Student Work Group | Marissa Ramirez
  • Communications: Website/Social Media | Wyatt Meriwether
  • Work Group Chairs:
    • Climate Change and Mental Health |Jennifer Magnabosco
    • Suicide Prevention | MaryJane Alexander
    • Population Health | Margie Walkover

If you have any questions, please contact Membership Committee Co-Chairs: Ashwini Tiwari or Margaret Walkover.

For leadership contact information, log into APHA Connect using your member credentials.


Submit your abstract to present at the APHA Annual Meeting, where you can share your research with a wide audience. The Mental Health Section program is designed to address compelling issues that affect the public's mental health. Submissions for the 2020 Call for Abstracts closed on February 28, 2020. We hope you’ll join us and see what your colleagues and peers are sharing at this year’s Annual Meeting. Learn more about our schedule by accessing the Mental Health Section Program-at-a-Glance.   

Short on time? You can still be more involved in our Section:

  • Join our Section member leadership calls
  • Attend Section Business meetings at the Annual Meeting
  • Join our webinars
  • Review abstracts for the APHA Annual Meeting
  • Respond to an advocacy alert
  • Post field-related information or opportunities on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook
  • Encourage a colleague to join the Mental Health Section