The Association of Accredited Public Health Programs (AAPHP) has been representing its members for about nine years and helping member programs achieve accreditation with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). AAPHP advocates for the public health discipline and provides a number of benefits such as workshops at conferences for CEPH accreditation, continuing education webinars, opportunities for networking, representation on accreditation and certification boards, and most importantly providing opportunities for member program students to engage in research and scholarship. This year, we are proud to recognize one of our board members. Stephanie Miles-Richardson, who is also serving as President of CEPH and connecting AAPHP with CEPH.
The AAPHP membership has been growing over the years and currently, stands at 28 programs. In recent years, the organization’s finances have improved due to new members joining AAPHP, which helped the organization continue to strengthen its presence in the public health arena. In its most recent Executive Board Planning meetings in San Diego and Salt Lake City, the Board revised the Association bylaws to emphasize the programs and departments seeking and maintaining AAPHP accreditation. This academic year, AAPHP awarded three scholarships to the students of member program for $1,000 each, and they are: Julia Ausmus (MPH, University Nevada-Reno), Nneze Eluka (PhD, UNC-Greensboro) and Lida Gaidukova (MPH, University of Utah). We anticipate sharing with you what they learned in their research projects in a future newsletter.
The AAPHP Board and member programs look forward to another productive year and continue to strengthen the organization by inviting additional public health and health science programs to join our organization. Our fees are highly affordable for both relatively new and smaller programs and established programs. We also would like to encourage current and future member programs to seek representation on the AAPHP Executive Board and to run for office. This year, we are seeking nominations for the president-elect, treasurer, and two members-at-large. For more information please contact Pamela Lyon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to another productive year with the support of our member programs as we seek to strengthen the organization and the public health field. Students are central to the work we do in our programs, and that is no different from what we do in AAPHP. On behalf of the Executive Board, staff, and member programs, I hope you have a wonderful and productive summer. Thank you for being a part of this great organization.
Tony Sinay, Ph.D.
President of Association of Accredited Public Health Programs
Dr. Tony Sinay