If you are a public health student and have not joined APHA, you are missing valuable resources that can help you discover the world of public health, shape your career interests, and network with other public health professionals. As a student I was able to join APHA for only $55 a year. The membership fee gives me free access to the APHA journal, information on career opportunities.
APHA membership includes:
- Access to research and news through the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation’s Health
- Membership to two (your choice) professional communities.
- Public health advocacy in federal and local campaigns.
- Professional development through APHA’s Career Development Center and Public Health CareerMart.
- Registration discounts to attend the Annual Meeting and Exposition.
- Access to APHA Connect, an exclusive online community – http://www.apha.org/about/membership
I had the opportunity to attend the 141st APHA Annual Meeting in Boston November 1st – November 6th 2013. “Think Global Act Local” was this year’s theme. There were over 12,500 public health professionals from across the country and around the world in attendance with more than 1,000 sessions, 5,000 scientific papers presented, and 700 information booths. It was an amazing opportunity to explore my research interests and to network with others in my field as well as learn more about APHA.
Although I did not submit an abstract this year, I was able to attend the conference due to the generosity of the APHA Student Assembly. I entered an essay contest and won a scholarship that paid for my registration as well as a small travel stipend. I am also the APHA Student Assembly Campus Liaison for USF.
It is never too late to join APHA, visit APHA membership to learn more information and I hope to see all of you at the next APHA Annual Conference in New Orleans, November 15-19th 2014. If you have any questions or want more information about joining APHA please contact me Vickie Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story by Vickie Lynn, MSW, MPH, doctoral student in community and family health