Many health policies, health education/promotion programs and epidemiological studies are focused on the disparate health outcomes of ethnic minority groups. Given this context, it is imperative that the public health workforce reflects the population in which it intends to serve. The primary purpose of the Diversity Committee is to ensure the APHA Student Assembly (APHA-SA) puts forth a concerted effort to the establishment of a diverse public health field. The strategies necessary to accomplish this goal are twofold, which include, but are not limited to:
Diversity Campaign: "The Public Health Workforce"
The APHA Student Assembly is continuously looking for ways to increase the number of students who join our national organization. Equally important is the diverse backgrounds (cultural, educational and career experience) that our students represent.
The Diversity Committee, as one of the APHA Student Assembly's 11 standing committees, recognizes the need to reach out to underrepresented students in the public health field. Through our 2003 survey, we found that students of color, males, undergraduates, part-time students and students from non-accredited, non-traditional and allied health schools throughout the nation have traditionally been underrepresented in the field. For this reason, the Diversity Committee has initiated a campaign to highlight the diverse array of professionals from many of these underrepresented groups on the "Public Health Workforce" section of our website.
Diversity Committee Fact Sheets
Diversity Committee Objective 1.1
To promote systematic policies and organizational capacities that ensure the APHA-SA remains ethnically diverse. The Diversity Committee will accomplish this objective by means of the following specific strategies:
Diversity Committee Objective 2.1
To identify culturally relevant research opportunities that examine health disparities and promote scholarly discourse on the sociocultural factors that predict health outcomes for all interested APHA-SA members. The Diversity Committee will accomplish this objective by means of the following specific strategies:
Diversity Committee Campaign: Recruit and sustain the membership of a diverse student body
For more information, the Diversity Committee Co-Chairs.