Community Health Planning and Policy Development

The CHPPD Section influences the design of health systems and policies that are responsive to a changing society, by bringing together technical information and the expertise of communities, health professionals, business and government.

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The Community Health Planning & Policy Development Section develops and advocates for health planning, policies and practices to promote health equity, community empowerment and social justice.


A dialog and action nexus for community health planning and policy leaders.


"Community," "planning" and "policy development" are key words that draw members to the Section. We understand the importance and power of planning and policy development in inspiring partners to collaborate to work toward eliminating disparities and promoting healthy communities in public and private venues.  


Chair: Bryan O. Buckley, DrPH(c), MPH

Chair-Elect: Ebony S. Johnson, MPA, CNP

Immediate Past Chair: Ashley Wennerstrom, PhD, MPH 

Secretary: Madeleine Kuhn, MPH

Secretary-Elect: Elizabeth Kim

Treasurer: Darien Mather, MPH

Student Liaison: Jeff Gillingham, MPH(c) 

Communication Chair: Kathleen Richter

Membership Chair: Brie Reed, MPH

Program Co-Chairs: Shannon Nicks, PhD, MPH, & Kristin Schuller, PhD, MPH

Policy Chair: Cynthia Williams, PhD, MHA, PT & Zamir Brown, MPH(c)

Fundraising & Scholarship Chair: Josephina Frankovich, MPH, MSW, LSW

Awards & Recognition Chairs: Amrita Shenoy, PhD, MBA, MHA, MSc, & and Raga Ayyagari, MS

Social Media Chair: Whitney Rodgers, CPH

Action Board Representative: Tanjina Shabu, MPH

Day of Action Chair: Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH

Coaching & Collaboration Chairs: Tristan Sanders, MPH, & Susan Caleb, MPH

Health Communications Workgroup Chair: Tammy Pilisuk, MPH

Justice & Incarcerated Health Committee Chair: Alison O. Jordan, LCSW 


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

  • Respond to an advocacy alert.
  • Post field-related information or opportunities on your online community/listserv.
  • Encourage a colleague to join APHA.
  • Review abstracts.
  • Join a committee (advocacy, communication, membership, etc.)

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