About Us

About the International Health Section

The International Health Section was founded in 1976 to provide leadership and a focus on global public health issues within the American Public Health Association (APHA). It is governed by an elected leadership that directs the Section’s involvement in global health issues through APHA activities including: development of APHA’s Annual Meeting program; drafting relevant resolutions for support by APHA; participation on various APHA Boards and Councils; and other related activities. You can read more about the Section’s history here.

The Section is an active community of global health professionals engaged in networking, policy development, and sharing scientific knowledge and experience with peers as well as increasingly in advocacy and public education. We have built relationships with other sections to promote global health throughout APHA.

The International Health Section’s members are a broad range of global health professionals from students to professors, interns to program directors, and authorities on many aspects of global health.

Section Officers (elected to two-year terms)

Section Councilors (elected to three-year terms)

  • Kerry Bruce (2018)
  • Cindy Sousa (2018)
  • Boris Volkov (2019)
  • Brianne Riggin-Pathak (2019)
  • Jean Armas (2020)
  • Mark Strand (2020)

Governing Councilors (elected to two-year terms)

  • Gopal Sankaran (2018)
  • Carol Dabbs (Governing Council Whip; 2018)
  • Padmini Murthy (2018)
  • Caroline Kingori (2018)
  • Jessica Keralis (2018)
  • Kevin Sykes (2018)
  • Ramin Asgary (2019)

Student Liaison (elected to a one-year term)

  • Michelle Hammett Rochat (2018)

IH Section leadership meet each year in business meetings at the APHA Annual Meeting.

Members of the IH Section leadership hold conference calls every other month to discuss Section business and address any pertinent issues. If you would like to raise a question, suggestion, or concern, please contact a member of leadership listed above and ask him or her to raise it during one of the calls.


  • Awards: Elvira Beracochea, Chair; Padmini Murthy, Co-Chair
    The Awards committee selects candidates to receive the Section’s annual awards: its Lifetime Achievement Award, its Mid-Career Award, the Gordon-Wyon Award, and the Distinguished Section Service Award.
  • Communications: Jean Armas, Chair; Sophia Anyatonwu, Co-Chair
    The Communications committee manages and produces content for the Section’s communications platforms, including the e-mail listserv, the social media channels, and the IH Blog.
  • Fundraising: Paul Freeman, Chair; Mark Strand, Co-Chair
    The Fundraising committee raises money for the Section’s enrichment account, which helps cover operating expenses for Section communications and the Annual Meeting.
  • Membership: Rose Schneider
    The Membership committee tracks and analyzes Section membership data to inform the Section’s strategic initiatives and activities.
  • Mentoring: Theresa Majeski, Chair; Brianne Riggin-Pathak, Co-Chair
    The Mentoring committee manages the Section’s mentoring program, which pairs Section members as mentors and mentees for networking and professional development.
  • Nominations: Amy Hagopian, Chair; Mary Anne Mercer, Co-Chair
    The Nominations committees identifies talented and enthusiastic individuals to run for the Section’s elected positions.
  • Organization and Management: Mary Carol Jennings
    Organization and Management, traditionally handled by the Secretary-elect, refers to the planning and management of catering services for the Section’s Awards Reception at the Annual Meeting.
  • Policy and AdvocacyKevin Sykes, Chair; Elizabeth Holguin, Co-Chair
    The A/P committee promotes global health within APHA’s advocacy efforts and conducts global health outreach to policy makers.
  • Program: Jirair Ratevosian, Chair; Jessica Keralis, Co-Chair
    The Program committee manages the Section’s Annual Meeting program, including the review and selection of abstracts for scientific sessions and business meetings.
  • Students: Raya Cupler, Co-Chair; Rachel Kennedy, Co-Chair
    The Student committee works with the Section’s other committees and working groups to increase student involvement in order to provide learning and professional development opportunities.

Working Groups

Section working groups serve as a focal point for members interested in a particular activity, technical area, or advocacy issue. Working groups share information and resources, hold conference calls and workshops, spearhead advocacy initiatives, and plan scientific sessions on their issue of focus at the Annual Meeting.

APHA-Wide Responsibilities

These positions are appointed by the Section Chair and serve as a link between the Section and other components or bodies within APHA to promote collaboration.

Last updated: 15 November 2017
You may also access this list as a Google Docs spreadsheet here.

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