Magazine article The Nation's Health

Public Health Students, School Staff Honored at Council of Affiliates Awards

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Public Health Students, School Staff Honored at Council of Affiliates Awards

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PUBLIC HEALTH professionals and groups were honored during APHA's 140th Annual Meeting in October for spreading awareness of public health education through rebuilding school programs, reaching out to the press and using social media.

The awards were presented during APHA's annual Council of Affiliates Award Ceremony Oct. 27.

Jay Maddock, PhD, won the CoA Award for Excellence for his work in revitalizing the University of Hawaii's Office of Public Health Studies, where he is a director, and reviving a relationship between Hawaii's public health officials and APHA, according to past CoA Chair Pamela Aaltonen, MS, RN.

Under Maddock, the Office of Public Health Studies paid for APHA presidents-elect from 2010 through 2012 to both attend and make presentations at the Hawaii Public Health Association's annual conference, Aaltonen said. After the University of Hawaii's school of public health lost its accreditation in 1999, Maddock worked to restore the program by revamping the doctoral level coursework and starting master's coursework from scratch, Aaltonen said. Today the school is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Maddock also became the first chair of APHA's new Physical Activity Section in 2012, which was once a Special Primary Interest Group.

Brittany Marshall, MPH, CPH, CHES, won the CoA Outstanding Student of the Year Award for her use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to increase membership and the presence of the Florida Public Health Association's Student Section, Aaltonen said. Membership in the student section increased from 20 members to more than 80 under her leadership, Aaltonen said. Marshall is the outgoing chair of APHA's Student Assembly.

The Montana Public Health Association received the APHA Affiliate Award for Advocacy for its work promoting the importance of federal public health funding through state elected officials and media, according to Donald Hoppert, APHA's director of government relations. …

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