2017 APHA Student Assembly Annual Meeting Scholarship Application Now Open

The time has come…the 2017 APHA-SA Annual Meeting Scholarship Application is now OPEN. Apply by July 9th at 11:59pm EST to win one of the 50 available scholarships! The scholarship covers early bird registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting and the 2017 National Student Meeting as well as a $250 stipend to used 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 2017 calendar year.

Scholarship recipients will be responsible for:

  1. Attending a pre-Annual Meeting webinar explaining the terms of the scholarship
  2. Attending the APHA Student Assembly National Student Meeting on Saturday November 4, 2017 beginning at 9am EST
  3. Attending the Hotlanta – Come Chill With Us session on Sunday November 5, 2017 beginning at 4pm EST
  4. Attending the APHA Student Assembly Business Meeting on Tuesday November 7, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm EST
  5. 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 and
  6. Bringing two hand-written thank you note addressed to Dr. Lyndon Havilland and Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes to be presented to them at the Awards Ceremony during Hotlanta – Come Chill With Us! for their leadership in establishing these scholarships.
  7. 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 November 30, 2017.
  8. Engaging in an approved APHA component 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, Rachael Reed, at rmitchapha@gmail.com, if you have any questions. Good luck!

Graduate Student Fellowships In Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements (Habitat for Humanity International/USAID)

The deadline however for submission is June 23rd, 2017.

Fellowship Description: USAID/OFDA seeks to support the thesis or professional report writing efforts of two Fellows during the summer of 2017. Fellows will be graduate students currently enrolled full-time in accredited North American graduate school programs or North Americans studying abroad in similar graduate programs, in the following disciplines:

  • City, Urban, Environmental, or Regional Planning, and
  • Architecture or Architectural engineering

Ideally, successful candidates would be first-year, Masters-level, graduate students, in the programs listed above, who are interested in commencing work on a thesis or professional report as a requirement for graduation. The topic of this graduate student research would be focused on any of the following topics of interest:

  • Managing the transition of humanitarian shelter to permanent housing
  • Linking and incorporating hazard mapping efforts into settlements planning to promote risk reduction
  • Post-disaster neighbourhood-level planning efforts designed to promote safer, sustainable, and resilient shelters and settlements
  • Post-disaster emergency urban planning to reconfigure disaster-affected settlements to promote risk reduction, increase shelter opportunities, and accelerate recovery
  • Measuring the contribution of humanitarian shelter to the recovery of disaster-affected households and/or communities.
  • Identification and review of assessment tools (including GIS and open source mapping technologies) intended to better understand and deal with the urban context, thereby informing efforts to support effective and expeditious humanitarian S&S sector activities
  • Informal land management and tenure mechanisms that promote risk reduction or ensure occupancy of land and housing for displaced/vulnerable populations.



Webinar Invitation: Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System

You’re invited to attend!

Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System

June 8 from 1:30–3 p.m. EDT                                        

The National Environmental Health Partnership Council and the American Public Health Association are proud to present a live conversation on Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System on June 8 from 1:30–3 p.m. EDT. We all deserve to live in healthy environments with clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and free from physical hazards. This webinar will bring to life the Environmental Health Playbook: Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System report compiled by the National Environmental Health Partnership Council – a group of environmental health thought leaders. Experts from the environmental health workforce, academia and policy will showcase various aspects that come together to produce an environmental health system. Register today.

  • Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association


  • Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown University, Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment


  • Surili Sutaria Patel, MS, Senior Program Manager, Environmental Health, Center for Public Health Policy, American Public Health Association
  • Charles D. Treser, MPH, DAAS, Executive Director, Association of Environmental, Health Academic Programs, Senior Lecturer, University of Washington
  • Jack Rayburn, MPH, Senior Government Relations Manager, Trust for America’s Health
  • David T. Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, Executive Director and CEO, National Environmental Health Association

Stay involved! Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtags #APHAwebinar and #EH4All. The National Environmental Health Partnership Council strives to support healthy people by working for healthier environments. Find out more, please visit www.apha.org/nehpc.

This webinar was funded through cooperative agreement U38OT000131 between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association. The contents of this webinar are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the American Public Health Association or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We’ve just launched our new and improved website, IH Connect!

Welcome to our new and improved website, IH Connect, the unofficial home of the American Public Health Association’s International Health Section. We hope this new website will help you stay engaged with the IH section and the broader global health community.

The IH Connect website contains information about the Section’s vision and mission, leadership, and major activities, and it links to information and documents about the Section’s history and operations. It also serves as a platform for Section members to share opinion pieces, relevant news to the Section and the field of global health, and other items of interest. We encourage you to subscribe to our website to get notified by email when there is new content.

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APHA releases statement: Decision to withdraw from climate agreement is a disaster for public health

APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin has released a statement regarding President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Decision to withdraw from climate agreement is a disaster for public health

Statement from Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., June 1, 2017 — “President Donald Trump’s decision today to renege on U.S. commitments to fighting climate change and withdraw from the Paris Agreement has disastrous consequences for human health.

“The climate accord, which establishes a long-term framework to reduce carbon emissions among more than 190 nations, marks a historic step toward addressing one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. As a leading emitter of greenhouse gases, U.S. participation and leadership is critical to reaching target global reductions and minimizing health threats.

“This administration has already taken significant steps to roll back progress we’ve made in addressing climate change. Today’s reckless decision is further abdication of leadership at the federal level to protect public health. But our work on climate change will not be stopped. Today’s announcement underscores the importance of continued action at the state and local level to address this threat.

“The science is clear. Climate change is happening and it’s affecting our health. A changing climate affects our food supply, the spread of infectious disease, our water systems and air quality, and much more. All have significant impacts on human health.

“We will continue our efforts to educate, advocate and mobilize action around this critical public health challenge. We have designated 2017 as the Year of Climate Change and Health and the APHA 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo will focus on climate change and health in November.”

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