CPH Faculty, Students and Alumni Contribute to Leadership of APHA | Kent State University

CPH Faculty, Students and Alumni Contribute to Leadership of APHA

The American Public Health Association (APHA) was founded in 1872 to develop policy and practice designed to improve the health of the American public. Additionally, the organization engages in a number of other activities, including supporting the enhancement of the scientific base of public health through reports of member research activities. Individuals from the CPH have been involved since the college’s founding in 2009, with Dr. Jeffrey Hallam (Assoc. Dean, Research) leading the way as an elected Executive Board member and chair of the Strategic Implementation Committee for the Executive Board.  Hallam also serves on the Finance Committee. 

APHA's Executive Board is a 24-member body that serves on behalf of the Governing Council. The Board meets regularly throughout the year to discuss Association business. In the area of policy, the board carries out established Association policies and adopts interim public policy between Governing Council meetings. In management, the Board elects the executive director and establishes annual budgets, among other duties. The Board also reviews and coordinates the recommendation of Association boards and committees and defines and approves policies and procedures relating to Affiliates and Sections. The Board works on membership issues such as overseeing election procedures and establishing dues (subject to Governing Council approval). The Board approves appointments to most Association boards and committees (https://www.apha.org/, retrieved July 24, 2017).

In addition to Hallam’s work with the APHA, other representatives from the CPH are involved. Diana Kingsbury, PhD, serves as the Student Representative to the Science Board of APHA and also as Student Editor of the American Journal of Public Health. Suparna Navale (PhD candidate) is the Immediate Past Chair of the Student Assembly and serves on the Intersectional Council Steering Committee. May PhD graduate, Carissa Smock, was recently elected Chair of the Physical Activity Section of APHA.