Issue 13 - Spring 2020
- Message from the Chair
- IH Section and the COVID-19 Response
- National Public Health Week
- Member Spotlight: Dr Yara Asi
- Rising to the Emerging Global Health Challenges in 2020
- Committee and Working Group Updates
- Section Announcements and News
- Feature Committee: Membership
There can be no real growth without healthy populations. No sustainable development without tackling disease and malnutrition. No international security without assisting crisis-ridden countries. And no hope for the spread of freedom, democracy and human dignity unless we treat health as a basic human right.
Get to know the Membership Committee
1. What is the IH section membership committee and what do they do?
Hannah Stewart: The Membership Committee is the team responsible for ensuring that IH Section members are engaged in the section. We maintain the section's membership rosters and help other committees and working groups stay in touch with members. These membership rosters are also used by our team to track trends in membership, including how many members we have, where they work, and what type of APHA membership they have. Each year we also conduct the annual Membership Engagement Survey. This functions as our section's "suggestion box" and guides our committee's initiatives for the next year. It's also a great way to express interest in getting involved with a committee or working group. We're a large, diverse section! Currently, our membership includes over 2100 members from 55 different countries. Our team is here to make sure that each one of them finds value in their IH Section membership.
Jay Nepal: The IH Membership committee manages the membership list to inform activities and engage members. This committee also works to recruit new members, send out welcome letters and plans various member engagement activities throughout the year, such as, including open house meetings and IH awards and reception during the annual meeting and local networking events when possible.
2. Tell us about yourselves.
Hannah Stewart: My name is Hannah, and I'm the current Chair of the Membership Committee. I'm a native Texan but currently live in Los Angeles. I graduated with my MPH in Global Health from the University of Southern California just over a year ago. I am currently a Research Scholar at the Global Environmental Health Lab, where I work on projects related to mental health in Myanmar. I also represent the United States as one of two Executive Committee Delegates to the Global Mental Health Peer Network, an advocacy organization dedicated to rights-based approaches to mental health care. I'm a big fan of Liverpool Football Club, anything Texas-shaped, and my two dogs: Chester & Jango Fett.
Jay Nepal: Originally from Nepal, I am a community health professional in Northern California. With the completion of a master's in global health, I am pursuing my niche in health equity and social justice. Before coming to the U.S., I worked as a program coordinator in a community-based organization in Kathmandu, providing HIV/AIDS prevention services to minority groups and advocating for health and human rights issues. I also led trekking groups in Nepal, including to Khumbu (Everest) region.
3. What is your committee's goal for the next year?
Hannah Stewart: Our committee is currently focused on increasing the engagement of our students and early-career professionals. We want to ensure that the IH Section is a platform for collaboration and professional development so that our new generation of public health leaders are prepared for a rapidly changing global health landscape. As an early-career professional myself, I am really excited to see what these facets of our membership will bring to our section and hope to help foster that over the coming year. The Membership Engagement Survey is now open and we'd love to hear from you: https://forms.gle/q1Nrs6xyLC5faNvA7
Jay Nepal: The membership committee is working hard to attract new members (especially students and early career professionals) to actively engage with the IH section programs and activities throughout the year. Additionally, we would also like to organize/collaborate with more local networking events.