Darren M. Mays, MPH
Involvement in APHA-SA: Past Chair (2007-2008), Chair (2006 - 2007), Chair-Elect (2005 - 2006), Treasurer (2004 - 2005)
School: Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Department: Behavioral Science & Health Education
Degree Program: PhD, expected spring 2009
Practice/Research Interests: young adult and adolescent substance use, health communication
Plans after school:
My long term goal is to work in an academic setting conducting research focusing on substance abuse and possibly health communications
Personal Statement about APHA-SA:
I was introduced to APHA-SA through a faculty advisor at Emory. As a student I was excited to discover an organization whose membership is comprised entirely of students who share a very similar passion for public health. The more I learned about the APHA-SA and the diversity of its members, the more I wanted become involved and take a leadership role. I served as treasurer of APHA-SA from 2004-2005, Chair-elect from 2005-2006, Chair from 2006-2007, and currently serve as Past Chair.
There is an unprecedented need for a voice for students in public health, as there are many issues that affect our futures as students and as public health professionals. It is extremely important that students are well-represented within APHA and in the field of public health as a whole. I am excited to have the opportunity to represent the diverse group of student members who make up APHA-SA.