Joyonna Gamble-George, MHA
School: University of South Florida College of Medicine (USF COM)
Department: Biochemistry and Medical Microbiology
Degree Program: MSMS, expected August 2008
Practice/Research Interests: Health Care Disparities, Health Policy and Programs, and Virology, particularly HIV and Herpes Viruses
Other Leadership Activities: Vice President (2005-2006), Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society), USF Chapter
Plans after school:
Upon completion of my MSMS in Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, I hope to enter the medical field and obtain a career that encompasses both the clinical and administrative aspects of health care management.
Personal Statement about APHA-SA:
APHA-SA is an extraordinary student-led organization that brings together public health students from various cultural backgrounds and academic specialties to foster a common goal - promoting and improving the public's health. It is an organization that I would recommend for any student who has an interest in public health to become an integral part of. APHA-SA signifies the essentiality and importance of how the decisions we make in our daily lives can impact that of others whether it is through education, advocacy, or action. It ultimately serves as a stepping stone for public health students to take that next step in making their academic and career aspirations a reality. I came to serve as Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee for APHA-SA because I felt the need to aid students in making a smooth transition from the life of academia to that of today's competitive job market. As a graduate student, I have observed the difficulties of public health students entering the workforce without having a mentor to guide or advice them on their future career choices. Seeing such circumstances, in which students make career decisions that are not self-fulfilling, suitable to their interests and future aspirations, or is not capable of sustaining their livelihoods financially and socially, I have acknowledged why having a mentor is of the essence. A mentor is much more than just a future role model. He or she serves as the impetus that may one day help to open the door to once in a lifetime networking and employment opportunities, internships, or fellowships. A mentor can ultimately aid students in enhancing their self-worth, job satisfaction, and productivity, and further the growth of future public health professionals.