Donna Beal, MPH, MCHES is the Vice President of Program Services and Advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Chapter. She received her Masters in Public Health at Tulane University and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Her expertise in public health ranges from Advocacy/Policy work to implementation of best practice education programs. She has conducted programs in dementia, Asthma, Air Quality (indoor and Outdoor), Lung Disease and Tobacco education. She has worked on numerous public policy campaigns surrounding the issue of tobacco, dementia and public health. She has spent 20+ years working in public health with non-profit organizations, including the American Lung Association, the YMCA and the Alzheimer’s Assoc.
As a member of APHA and the PHEHP section, she has served as a ISC Chair, Chair of the PHEHP Section, Governing Councilor twice, Secretary, Advocacy Co-Chair, Awards Co-Chair (3 years) and Booth Chair (3 years). She is also a member of the Aging and Public Health Section of APHA.
It would be a privilege and an honor to serve on the APHA Executive Board. While serving as the chair of the ISC, I had the opportunity to participate on the APHA Executive Board, so I am aware of the time commitment required for the role. However, I am also acutely aware of how vital the work of the APHA Executive Board is to the Sections and Affiliates who are the backbone of the organization and public health.
I have been a member of APHA since 1998 and during that time I have had the opportunity to grow in my understanding of the association and my capacity as a leader. I am a firm believer in service leadership. Robert K Greenleaf coined this concept and it is based on the philosophy of “servant leadership.” In this concept a leader is defined as a servant first and begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve. When I discovered this concept, I realized this type of leader is exactly what APHA has helped me to become.
As the foremost leader in public health, APHA and its members have a service leadership role to play in helping the public understand what public health is. In my current role at the Alzheimer’s Association, our advocacy efforts have been bolstered by our ability to inform legislators with evidenced-based research that can be translated into public policy. But that isn’t enough; we must build a movement which requires advocates who are passionate about the issue.
The Affiliates and Sections members are the advocates for public health and it would be my honor to serve you.