Frank Kamar Henry-Ala
Favorite quote:" if the mind can conceive it then the man can achieve it."
Original from California, Frank attended UC Davis for his first 2 years of college, and then transferred to Motlow Community College in Tennessee where he received an Associates of Science degree in Psychology. He then was recruited to Kent State, where he played for the men's basketball team. His final year of playing he became a starter for the team and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Pre-med.
Although, Frank was a student-athlete his entire academic career, he always had a passion to become a pediatrician. Thus, with high recommendation from, at that time, Provost Robert Frank, he pursued a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. Through the course of his two year program, he had the pleasure of being the graduate assistant to Dean Sonia Alemagno, assisting in the improvement of the greater Cleveland area, by heading the Cleveland Developmental Block Grant for the Cleveland Department of Public Health. Additionally, he was actively involved in recruitment and promotion for the college.
Amongst all that, his greatest accomplishment was founding the Public Health Student Alliance. He wanted to bring together a group of people that was as passionate as he in helping others. His greatest accomplish as the founder and co-chair of PHSA was establishing the first “Annual Public Health Fair” at Kent State. The objective of the fair is to unite the Kent State’s student population with the surrounding public health service, not just on campus, but within the community.
During Frank’s final semester at Kent State he assisted the Akron General Hospital in writing their influenza mandating policy for healthcare workers, he was awarded the first “Outstanding Graduate Student Award” from the College of Public Health, and the Graduate Volunteer Award. Upon graduating with his MPH, he has now moved on to realize his dream of becoming a medical doctor by attending Ross University Medical School in Dominica, West Indies.