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Join us for the National Student Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in San Diego. The theme for this year’s theme, "From the Ground Up: Building Healthy Communities," encompasses the multifaceted nature of public health research and practice. From prevention to policy, epidemiology to environmental health, public health professionals are building a framework for healthy communities. The theme highlights the importance of working across disciplines and demographics to achieve the goal of improving community health. "From the Ground Up" also reminds us of the importance of engaging stakeholders from all levels of the community in our public health initiatives, be it a neighborhood, city, state or nation, building healthy communities is truly about working from the ground up.

During the meeting, attendees will hear from multiple public health professionals working to improve health in their local, regional and national communities. Attendees will also participate in professional development seminars and network with other attendees. The Student Meeting is an excellent chance for students to interact with peers and professionals from across the country and hear about current topics in the field of public health.

Register here!

Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Registration Fees:

  • Early registration (until Sept. 15): $20, lunch included
  • Regular registration (Sept. 16 - Nov. 1): $25, lunch included
  • Late registration (Nov. 2 and after): $30, lunch included

Student Assembly Annual Meeting Scholarship

The 2018 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo is just around the corner, and we are happy to announce the 2018 APHA-SA Annual Meeting Application is now OPEN. Apply by July 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EDT to win one of 50 available scholarships! The scholarship covers Early-bird registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego and the 2018 National Student Meeting along with a $250 stipend to use on travel expenses for the Annual Meeting.

The APHA-SA Annual Meeting Scholarship (formerly the Leadership Challenge) was established in 2011 by M. Lyndon Haviland, DrPH, MPH, to encourage APHA leaders to give matching funds to award scholarships for student APHA members to attend the Annual Meeting. Since its inception, Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH, joined Haviland to increase the match from $5,000 to $20,000.

Applicants must be a current APHA Student Member and either enrolled in a college or university or have or will graduate during the 2018 calendar year.

Scholarship recipients will be responsible for:

  • Attending a pre-Annual Meeting webinar explaining the terms of the scholarship.Attending the Welcome & Orientation session on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 and participating in the group photo with Drs. Haviland and El-Mohandes. 
  • Attending the APHA Student Assembly Business Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.
  • Attending at least one oral or roundtable scientific session and three poster presentations and taking a photo at each to submit with the post-Annual Meeting survey.
  • Bringing two hand-written thank you note addressed to Dr. Lyndon Haviland and Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes to be presented to them at the Awards Ceremony during our Welcome and Orientation for their leadership in establishing these scholarships.
  • Submitting a post-Annual Meeting survey giving feedback about their experiences at the APHA Annual Meeting and be available for an interview after the Annual Meeting ends. Surveys will be due Nov. 30, 2018.
  • Engaging in an approved APHA member group activity. Winners will receive training on what qualifies prior to the Annual Meeting and will have to provide proof of activity on the post-Annual Meeting survey.

You cannot save and return to your application once started, therefore it is highly recommended that you review the scholarship guidelines, the application rules and regulations found on the application, compile the necessary documents and your essay, and then go online to submit your application. The scholarship application should take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. Feel free to email Student Assembly Chair Ryan Tingler.

Apply for a scholarship.