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SAAPHI Awards 2017

9 Jun


For more details about the nominations requirements:

SAAPHI Award Nomination Form

Nominations Due:  July 31, 2017

DEADLINE EXTENDED!! Nominations Due: August 31, 2017

For more information:

#leadership #advocacy #research #service #mentoring #equity

2017 SAAPHI Call for Abstracts

8 Jun

Call for abstracts bannerSAAPHI Call for Abstracts [2017]⇒ SAAPHI Call for Abstracts [2017]

For more information:

#healthdisparities #healthequity #policy #community #research #AfricanDiaspora #SAAPHI25th


14 Aug

Registration now open for the SAAPHI Annual Meeting!

SAAPHI’s pre-conference events for the 143rd APHA Annual Meeting will take place on October 31 – November 1, 2015 in Chicago, IL!

Saturday, October 31: SAAPHI Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium.The theme of this year’s meeting is “Health in All Policies“. We invite you to join us for a dynamic meeting designed to increase our understanding of creating and implementing policies to promote health within the African American community. This year’s agenda will feature researchers, local community members, and students who will address public health and health policy issues salient to African Americans. The event is tentatively scheduled for 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Our agenda is forthcoming, and the room location will be announced soon.

Sunday, November 1: SAAPHI’s 4th Annual Mentoring Roundtable.Students and early-career professionals are invited to attend our mentoring rountable! Experienced professionals from academia, government agencies, and community-based organizations will share their insights into how to be successful in public health careers. This is also an excellent opportunity to identify and connect with potential peer mentors. The event is tentatively scheduled for 8:00 – 10:00 AM, and the room location will be announced soon. Limited seating available!

Please note that attending the Annual Meeting does not grant admission to the Mentoring Roundtable. You must select and register for both events if you would like to join us on Saturday and Sunday. For additional information, please email or We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Register here:

Become an APHA Early Career Professional Leader Today!

11 Aug

APHA is looking for leaders like you!


APHA is building a movement to enhance the Early Career Professional membership.  Through APHA Connect, we have developed an exclusive online community just for you!

This online community will allow you to:

·         Connect with your peers

·         Share your knowledge on public health with like minded individuals

·         Sign-up for exclusive Early Career Professional events, such as Webinars and other events

·         Access to the tools and resources your need to enhance your career

·         View past Early Career Professional Webinars

We are looking for leaders who are interested in joining this movement to create an informative and thought provoking discussion on public health. You will moderate the discussion on APHA Connect, create discussions relevant to Early Career Professionals and Public Health and keep the movement going.

If you are interested in becoming a leader, please contact me directly by August 20th at  I will be contacting  you directly to schedule a webinar that outlines the Early Career Professional movement.

I encourage you to get involved and make a difference at APHA. This leadership opportunity will enhance your professional profile and increase your visibility with APHA leadership.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!



Arnyae Neal, MBA, MS

Membership Marketing Manager

American Public Health Association

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: CDC updates guidelines for MERS as outbreak continues

15 Jun


As the MERS outbreak continues CDC released updated guidelines and information for health professionals.


Middle East respiratory syndrome: Get the facts on MERS

Middle East respiratory syndrome, also known as MERS, is a respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus. (A coronavirus is a common type of virus that most people have some time during their lives.)

The first case of MERS was reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. The disease has since been reported in other countries. Because of its seriousness and the possibility of its spread, health officials around the globe are keeping a close watch on the disease.


Download PDF of fact sheet

What are the symptoms of MERS?
MERS is a severe illness. The symptoms are usually respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath. Diarrhea is also common. The disease can often be fatal.

How is MERS spread?
MERS can spread from person-to-person when people are in close contact, such as among families or co-workers. Health care workers have also been infected by patients. It’s not yet known for sure how MERS is spread between people. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronaviruses in general are thought to be spread through the air by coughing and sneezing and through close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.

Is there a vaccine for MERS? How is it treated?
Currently, there is no vaccine for MERS. Unfortunately, there is also no specific treatment. Medical care is usually used to relieve symptoms.

How can I protect myself from MERS?
CDC advises people to follow these tips to help prevent respiratory illnesses:
• Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact, such as kissing or sharing dishware, with sick people.
• Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces, such as doorknobs and toys.

If I have symptoms, should I see a doctor?
CDC recommends that you see a doctor if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after traveling from countries that are suspected to have MERS cases. Be sure to tell your health care provider about your recent travel.

Where can I get more information on MERS?
CDC and the World Health Organization offer information on MERS, including travel information and updated case information.

SAAPHI Member Spotlight

29 Apr

SAAPHI Member Spotlight

this could be you

We realize that our diverse, distinguished, academically active and professionally engaged members are a valuable resource. Our highly active listserv shows exactly how informed our members are. For this reason, we encourage our members to become more actively involved in our network, by attending our annual meetings and mixers.

Through our new Member Spotlight section of the newsletter, we are offering another opportunity for our members to get-to-know-each-other, and more importantly identify those who share the same interests. In each biannual newsletter we will highlight SAAPHI members.

If you are interested in taking the spotlight, please contact for an application.


7 Apr