NPHW Student Day: Get involved

College students get creative

Students are truly the backbone of NPHW. That’s why each year we designate one day of the week as Student Day! This year, Student Day was Thursday, April 9. Because COVID-19 is keeping us all off campus right now, there are lots of ways to stay engaged online. 

Talk about landing a job

For students about to graduate into an uncertain future, now's a great time to hear from early- and mid-career professionals and ask them "How'd you get that job?" APHA and students from Howard University hosted the conversation on April 9. Watch the recording

Panelists include:

Christian BaconChristian Bacon is a graduate of The Howard University and serves as a community health educator with the Prince George's County Health Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science in community health education. Christian is a wellness educator who is committed to uplifting and inspiring underserved communities, specifically Black and Brown women in the Washington D.C. area. She formerly worked with the Howard University Student Association as the nutrition and fitness coordinator. Christian worked for the United States Department of Interior’s Office of Public Health for three years as a public health associate, creating programs that expose youth in the District of Columbia to National Parks as an outlet for meditation and healing. She has worked as a program recruiter at Promoting Practical Health Inc and served as the lead health educator for the Friends of Kenilworth, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging children and families with the beauty of nature.

Erin BuchananErin Buchanan, MPH, currently works at the National Quality Forum as a manager in quality measurement. Prior to this, she worked at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery as a senior manager of quality and performance measurement. She obtained her Master of Public Health in health policy from The George Washington University in 2014 and her Bachelor of Science in health science with a concentration in community health in 2012 from Towson University. Erin has always had a passion for health and has pursues that not only in her career but in her free time as well. Erin is the current president of the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association, the D.C. Affiliate of APHA.


Ayanna TuckerAyanna Tucker, MPH, is a communications specialist covering basic science research on the public relations, media relations and corporate communications team at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Prior to joining the basic sciences communications team, Ayanna was the summer 2018 communications intern at APHA. In spring 2019, she completed her master's internship at the Center for Program Integrity at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she assisted with digital projects and writing promotional materials. Ayanna received a B.S. in nutritional sciences from Howard University in May 2017 and a Master of Public Health from the University of Maryland in May 2019.


Christopher Norman Howard

Moderator Christopher Norman Howard, MPH, MBA, is an assistant professor of Health Management in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Howard University. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University Maryland School of Public Health and director of education for The Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area. He is also the founder and president of CNHLeads, a small consulting and research firm. Prior to joining the faculty at Howard University, Christopher held positions with Oakwood University, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Government Accountability Office and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a graduate of Oakwood Academy and Oakwood University, and holds graduate degrees from Emory University and Howard University. Christopher is a current PhD candidate in the University of Maryland School of Public Health's Health Services Administration Program. His dissertation focuses on health equity issues. He is also an active member in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Talk to APHA leaders

APHA's Student Assembly hosted a live webinar for students to interact with APHA Executive Board members and discuss pathways to leadership! Visit APHA’s Student Assembly page to learn more about ways to get involved throughout the year, and check out the Student Assembly Facebook and Twitter feeds.

If your campus doesn’t have a current Student Assembly liaison, find out how you can fulfill that role.

APHA’s Student Assembly is the nation’s largest student-led organization dedicated to furthering the development of education and opportunities for students, the next generation of professionals in public health and health-related disciplines. The Student Assembly represents and serves students of public health and other health-related disciplines by connecting individuals who are interested in working together on public health and student-related issues. The Student Assembly is available to all current APHA student members.

Watch a recording of the 2019 Student Day panel discussion and webinar, "You're graduating. Now what?"

Watch the 2018 Student Day Town  Hall webcast.

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