Member Unit Effectiveness and Engagement Project

As APHA nears its 150th anniversary, this project is examining how to put the Association in the best position to serve our membership over the next 150 years.

What is it?

The Member Unit Effectiveness and Engagement Project began in October 2019 and is expected to wrap up in 2021. This assessment of the composition of APHA's 39 member units (focused on Sections, the Student Assembly, SPIGs and Forums) will include a review of their organizational structure, internal governance and operational processes.

The goal: increase effectiveness and efficiency, enabling APHA to better meet member need, maximize engagement and be responsive to the public health needs of the future.

APHA has engaged Brighter Strategies, a women-owned and operated consulting firm with expertise working with associations and mission-driven organizations, to manage the project. Brighter Strategies will provide recommendations to the APHA Governing Council on how to organize member units to best achieve the project's goal.

How are things being measured?

  • A membership survey
  • Focus groups with each member unit
  • Eighty individual interviews
  • Listening sessions at the 2020 APHA Annual Meeting

Advisory Committee

The primary role of the project's Advisory Committee is to serve as liaisons to the membership, answering questions and fielding comments and concerns about the project. Committee members also will work with Brighter Strategies and APHA staff to review evaluation tools and sit in on focus groups and listening sessions.

Alan Baker, MA (chair)  Rod Lew, MPH
Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN Kathy Lituri, RDH, MPH
Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, FACP
Allison Casola, PhD, MPH, CHES Suparna Navale, MS, MPH
Betty Daniels, PhD, RN Mel Shipp, OD, DrPH, MPH
José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA Joseph Telfair, DrPH, MPH, MSW
Resa Jones, PhD, MPH Dyane Tower, DPM, MPH, MS


Contact APHA Governance Liaison Courtney Taylor.