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Community Health & Wellness Students Network at Annual Public Health Conference
November 21, 2013
(Pictured above, left to right: Delmonte, Richards, Morrison, Silveira and Alexander)
In the fall of 2013, three Community Health and Wellness majors, junior Gabriella Delmonte, senior Vitalina Silveira, and senior Sara Alexander, had the opportunity to attend the 141st annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting & Exposition in Boston. Accompanied by department faculty members Dr. Katherine Morrison and Marcia Richards, the students were exposed to a variety of interactions with some of the over 12,000 public health professionals in attendance, including lectures, workshops, keynote speeches, and conversations with vendors.
"Attending APHA this year for the first time was an amazing opportunity," said Silveira. "Not only did I learn new ideas, theories, and research, but everything I have learned from my three years as a Community Health major were reinforced at the conference. The topics of sexual and reproductive health, as well as women's health fortified my passion in seeking a career in community health and wellness. I look forward to many more opportunities such as these and attending the APHA conference next year!"
Alexander echoed her classmate's sentiments, "I always knew that I wanted go into the health field, and attending this conference not only put my potential career choices in view, but the opportunities that could really open up for me as I continue this journey in the health field, as well as making this vision of me becoming a health professional, a reality."
Dr. Morrison was delighted that her students had this opportunity to network with potential future peers.
"I have been attending the American Public Health Association's annual meeting for over ten years now but this is the first time I have had the privilege of taking a few of my most intelligent and motivated students; individuals who intend to dedicate their careers to public health after Curry. Their excitement, even before we got to the conference, was palpable, and they were enthusiastically looking forward to everything they were about to learn...and that vibrancy continued throughout the week."