Kristy Siegel, MPH, CHES
Involvement in APHA-SA: Chair-Elect (2007 - 2008), Programming Committee Chair (Jan. 2005 - Dec. 2005, Dec. 2005 - Nov. 2006, Nov. 2006 - Nov. 2007), Interim Abstracts Subcommittee Chair (2006 - 2007)
School: University of South Florida
Department: Environmental & Occupational Health
Degree Program: PhD in Environmental Health, expected 2011
Practice/Research Interests: My preliminary interest is in maternal and child health (MCH). However, having certificates in both Environmental Health and Health Promotion, I would like to develop the link between the two fields as they relate to MCH. My current research topic is “Communicating the Science and Risks of Micropollutants in Reclaimed Water in Tampa Bay, FL”, which encompasses the following disciplines: analytical chemistry, environmental health, environmental engineering, and risk communication.
Other Leadership Activities: Science Board Student Representative (2007 - 2008), President of Alpha Omega chapter of Delta Omega society (2006 - 2008)
Plans after school:
After completing my PhD, I would like to establish a community-based environmental non-profit organization while teaching at the university level, as well as continue my research in the hybrid Environmental-Health Promotion field within MCH issues.
Personal Statement about APHA-SA:
While serving on the Student Assembly Board during the transition from Caucus to Assembly, I witnessed the distance we have come in so little time. However, we still have much growth in order to achieve all that is possible as an Assembly. While serving as the SA Programming co-Chair for three years, I developed intimate knowledge of the Committees and programs of the SA, the leadership structure of APHA, and various networking channels within public health professions. Furthermore, during the founding of a Delta Omega chapter, as president, I have been able to strengthen the Chapter through the development of its vision and mission, as well as the Chapter’s agenda and objectives. I will utilize these skills and knowledge in the SA Chair-Elect position to help strengthen our objectives and programs. Furthering the mission of SA, I would like to see that we not just provide information, but also increase the skills of our membership – in particular, networking, resume writing / interviewing, publishing, and leadership abilities.