NPHW Student Day

Students are truly the backbone of National Public Health Week. That’s why each year we designate one day of the week as Student Day! This year, Student Day is Thursday, April 8. Whether you are on or off campus this year, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Lessons in Mentoring webinar — April 8, 12-1 p.m. ET

This webinar, in partnership with APHA staff and Student Assembly, featured an expert mentoring panel discussing their lessons in mentoring. This 1-hour webinar is designed for public health professionals to gain insight from experienced mentors on how to get started in mentoring, how to build these mentor/mentee relationships, how to be an effective mentor during the pandemic, and much more. 

Watch a recording of the 2021 Student Day Lessons in Mentoring panel discussion

Our panelists:

Sue GriffeySue Griffey, DrPH, BSN, provides actionable advice to get to the next career path step. Sue spent the last 11 years mentoring public health and other professionals as private clients and in programs at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (the program she co-founded), the University of Rochester, MultiPOD Mentoring, the American Public Health Association International Health Section, World Pulse, and the Cherie Blair Foundation. She had a 25+ year career of increasingly complex and challenging management and leadership. Dr. Griffey is an experienced evaluator and international development professional in program and performance evaluation, monitoring, informatics, applied research, and training. She served as VP and Director of the Evaluation at JHPIEGO, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, where she was Vice President for Technical Operations. Prior to that, she spent 20 years living and working in various overseas settings. She is an expert presenter, writer, and peer-reviewer for online journals and conferences.

LaVonne OrtegaLaVonne Ortega, MD, MPH, serves as the Program Director for CDC's Academic Partnerships to Improve Health within the Division for Scientific Education and Professional Development at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that role, she leads CDC's work with four national academic partners (Association of American Medical Colleges, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research) to improve population health through enhancing medical, nursing, and public health education to better prepare health professionals to address individual and community health needs. She oversees the ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship and AACN/CDC Public Health Fellowship. She provides mentored post-graduate training opportunities to recent graduates of schools and programs of public health and colleagues of nursing at CDC. Over the years, Dr. Ortega has mentored and supported many students, recent graduates, and 2nd career professionals in public health science, research, and practice and remains committed to training and equipping the future health workforce as a strategy to improve the public's health. 

Monika MitraMonika Mitra, PhD, MA, MSc, is the Nancy Lurie Marks Associate Professor of Disability Policy, and Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Her research focuses on the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities and their families. She co-leads the Community Living Policy Center which is aimed at improving policies and practices that advance community living outcomes for people with disabilities and the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities which is focused on addressing knowledge gaps regarding the needs of parents with diverse disabilities and their families. Dr. Mitra is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Disability and Health Journal and the 2017 recipient of the Allan Meyers Award from the American Public Health Association Disability Section. Prior to joining Brandeis, she was Association Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She received her PhD and MA from Boston University, and her MS from Calcutta University, Kolkata, India. 

Max SevareidMax Sevareid, MPH, oversees research efforts related to the development of evidence-based guidelines for better prehospital treatment decisions and patient care at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Emergency Medical Services. In this role, he has mentored multiple fellows and is the current NHTSA Contract Officer Representative for the ASPPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship. This fellowship is a unique training opportunity offered to graduates of public health who work within a federal agency on injury prevention and motor vehicle and highway safety issues, examining the causes and etiology of motor vehicle crashes and injuries. Max previously worked with state highway traffic safety officials in the Region 10 Office of NHTSA in Seattle, WA. Here, he created an intern program for undergraduate students working on bicycle commute program promotion. He has mentored students in the US Department of Transportation's Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups program, been a 'Big' for Big Brothers and Big Sister of America, and has coached little league soccer teams. Max attended the University of Washington for graduate students in health policy research, where he coordinated diagnostic test evaluation of patients enrolled in surgical and drug clinical trials. 

Emily BartlettEmily E. Bartlett, RN, MSN, MPH, is a Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner primary care student at Columbia University. Bartlett works as a Pediatric Registered Nurse at New Alternatives for Children, a non-profit that serves children with chronic illnesses in the welfare and foster care system in New York City. An active member of the American Public Health Association, Bartlett was elected Student Assembly Chair-Elect in 2018, while simultaneously serving on the Inter-Sectional Council Steering Committee. As Chair of the Student Assembly (2019-2020), she actively oversaw 7,000+ members, 50 committee leaders, and served on the APHA Executive Board. In 2019, Bartlett was awarded the Council of Affiliates Student of the Year. She currently serves as Immediate Past-Chair of the Student Assembly (2020-2021), additionally serving as a member of the Council of Affiliates. Through her academic endeavors, Bartlett has been involved in formal and informal mentoring programs as both a mentee and graduate mentor. Overseeing the Student Assembly Mentoring Committee (2020-2021), she is able to further strengthen the program in which she met her professional and graduate mentors four years ago. 

"Get Hired after Graduation" young professionals panel — April 8, 5-6 p.m. ET

For students about to graduate into an uncertain future, now's a great time to hear from young professionals who navigated the pandemic to secure their public health roles. Join us for this 1-hour webinar and discussion featuring a dynamic panel of young public health professionals and learn tips and tricks from those who have been in your shoes.

Watch a recording of the 2021 Student Day "Get Hired after Graduation" young professionals panel

Our panelists:

Pallapolu ManasaManasa Pallapolu, MHA, earned her Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from Drexel University and then her Master of Health Administration from University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. Currently, she is the Manager of Patient Experience at Children's National Hospital located in Washington, D.C. She is passionate about pediatrics and in her role, she partners with teams across the organization to provide the best experience and care to their patients and families.


Latoya ChimilioLatoya Chimilio, MPH, graduated from Texas A&M University with a master's degree in public health with a concentration of Health Promotion and Community Health Science. Latoya is a previous 2020 APHA Get Ready intern. Latoya is now a COVID-19 case investigator for the Orange County Department of Public Health. Her passion lies in her commitment to expanding community capacity and building resilience in underserved communities and special populations through effective emergency management programs.


Zeruiah BuchananZeruiah Buchanan, MPH, earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Africana Studies, and a Master of Public Health at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Currently, she is the Suicide Prevention Epidemiologist at Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and serves on the Arizona Public Health Association Board of Directors as the public representative. She is passionate about mental health, health equity, social justice, and practicing cultural humility. Zeriuah hopes to use her seat at the table to uplift and elevate marginalized voices.

Evelyn MaldonadoEvelyn Maldonado, was born in Maryland but raised in Quito, Ecuador. Having growing up in areas surrounded by mountains, forest and other natural resources, she became very passionate about the environment and wanted to learn more about the human-natural systems. Evelyn received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Land Use from the University of Maryland. Last fall, she interned with the American Public Health Association's Center for Climate, Health and Equity. Since then, Evelyn has been working as the Program Associate for the Climate Center, where she primarily works on climate change and health equity.

Holly PlackemeierModerator Holly Plackemeier, earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication from Truman State University. She is currently the Affiliate Manager at American Public Health Association, working closely with state public health associations to support their efforts and assisting the Affiliate Affairs team in planning National Public Health Week. Prior to APHA, Holly worked in fundraising at Children's National Hospital Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is passionate about improving the lives of children and their families through increased access to health care.

Student Assembly

Are you interested in joining our Student Assembly at APHA? 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.

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