NPHW Student Day

Tuesday, April 4

Speed Networking: 1-4 p.m. ET

Need your resume/cover letter reviewed, advice on shifting jobs mid-career or tips on writing policy? Students and early career professionals are encouraged to join us for 20-minute mentoring sessions with APHA’s brightest mentors.

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Early-Career Professionals Panel: 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET

How did you get that job? Hear early-career professionals share insights about their journeys navigating the transition from public health student to public health professional and recommendations for future generations in public health.  

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Rya Griffis headshotRya Griffis, BS, MPH, (she/her) is the grassroots and communications project manager at APHA in the Public Affairs and Advocacy Department. Rya works on a few different projects including the Alliance, a project on public health authority and a project with Public Health AmeriCorps. Rya received her Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration on Health Equity from the School of Health Policy and Management at the University of Maryland at College Park. Her background is in health communications, community coalitions, and eldercare. Outside of her role at APHA, Rya organizes with the policing & abolition team of the DC chapter of Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).


Mia Donley headshotMia Donley, BS, RDN, MPH, (she/her) pursued a career in public health nutrition to bring culturally relevant nutrition education to the field, which has led her to working in different roles within the community. She has worked as a nutrition educator in schools, as well as managed school nutrition programs and food access programs in SNAP-Ed. Mia currently works in the community providing outpatient counseling to clients with marginalized identities, improving their relationship with food, body and the management of medical conditions. She also teaches about cultural aspects of nutrition at MSU Denver. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Auburn University and her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.

Shariq Farooqi headshotShariq Farooqi, BA, MSPH Candidate, (they/them) is a non-binary queer Muslim, with roots in Hyderabad and Pakistan. They currently work as an anti-violence program advocate at Sakhi, a gender-justice organization dedicated to ending gender-based violence with a specialization in South Asian cultural competency. Shariq manages a daily caseload, performs crisis intervention and works with client data software for documentation. They received their Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a double minor in Public Health and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from George Washington University. Shariq is a current candidate for their Master of Science in Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, specializing in Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. Shariq has interned at Heart to Grow, a national reproductive justice non-profit, devoted to supporting the most marginalized Muslims. They have also interned for the Wilson Center Maternal Health Initiative and Atlantic Council South Asia Center, where they have various published articles on topics such as maternal mental health and trans parenthood. Shariq has also been involved in advocacy and policy research work for over five years in various capacities and sectors.

Maria Price headshotMaria Price, BS, (she/her) currently works as a research grants specialist at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health in the spring of 2022 from the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health at Loyola University Chicago. Throughout her years as a student, Maria has eagerly pursued experiences that offer her the opportunity to grow her knowledge within the field of public health while developing a diverse network of individuals to learn from.

Lindsey Johnson headshotLindsey Johnson, BA, (she/her) is currently a program coordinator at AmeriCorps where she is continuing her work from her fellowship by assisting in the launch and support of the new Public Health AmeriCorps program. Lindsey is particularly interested in the intersection of climate and public health, and volunteers as outreach & collaborations coordinator for Climate Words. Before becoming a Segal Fellow, Lindsey served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Crook County Health Department in Central Oregon in the fall 2020-2021 cohort. Her work primarily focused on COVID-19 resiliency and recovery efforts, but she also addressed mental and financial health promotion and youth workforce development. In May 2020, Lindsey received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Peace & Conflict Studies and Russian & Eurasian Studies from Colgate University. As an undergraduate, Lindsey was a bystander intervention intern at Shaw Wellness Institute, where she worked to promote active bystander behavior in dangerous situations, and interned at Unitas, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing human trafficking and providing opportunities for survivors to thrive. Lindsey continues to use her passion for prevention & health promotion to support public health initiatives at both the national and local level.

Student Assembly

Interested in joining our Student Assembly at APHA? Visit APHA’s Student Assembly page to join the biggest group of public health students in the country and get involved throughout the year! Check out the Student Assembly Facebook and Twitter feeds for student events and opportunities.

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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