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! Student Day is Tuesday, April 5, 2022. There are plenty of ways to get involved in NPHW, either through developing your own events in your community, or through participating in APHA's Student Day events.

Space is limited for these virtual events. Register today.

Mentoring webinar — April 5 at Noon ET

Join us for this panel, in partnership with APHA's Student Assembly, to learn how to strengthen your mentoring skills, or how to get started. The audience will learn more about the mentor-mentee relationship, resources and best practices to support the next generation of public health professionals. 


Tiara ScottTiara Scott is a graduate of Clemson University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Microbiology in 2014. Tiara is passionate about health education and is currently a Master of Public Health candidate at Walden University. Tiara is a certified Health Coach through the American Council of Exercise and is also an American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR Instructor. Her motto, "Better Health Through Better Living," is a testament to her commitment to living a wellness centered life and helping others navigate their wellness goals. Tiara serves as the APHA Student Assembly mentoring co-chair. When she's not focused on school, most of Tiara's time is spent teaching wellness and CPR classes, working as a health educator at her local health department, and making aromatherapy products. She enjoys reading books, watching superhero movies, spending time with her many nieces and nephews and her cockapoo, Nahla.


Brian BuckleyBryan O. Buckley, DrPH, MPH, is a health equity-focused and systems-oriented leader in health delivery system redesign, performance improvement and change management. Buckley is a Fellow with Medstar Health Institute for Quality and Safety, where he leads and supports health care delivery research, education and consulting related to community health, patient safety and quality. As an Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine,  Buckley teaches, coaches, supports and supervises graduate students at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Graduate Education. He holds a Doctor of Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University.

DolinJean E. Dolin is a trilingual humanitarian from Haiti who works to promote LGBTQ and immigrants’ rights. He is a recent graduate of Immigrants Lead Boston, a program by the Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement that trains and empowers Boston immigrants to take civic, ownership, and leadership roles in the community. He is a mentee of Bryan Buckley and a community advocate who has been continuously serving for the past four years as a member of the leadership council of Success Boston, an initiative for college education access by the Boston Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Ngina LythcottNgina Lythcott, DrPH, MSW, RN, is a Public Health practitioner and health activist. Ngina serves as the Breast Cancer Liaison for the Black Women's Health Imperative. She is a member of the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program.  She serves on the Board of the Intercultural Cancer Council. She has been a dean of students at Dartmouth and Swarthmore Colleges and in the Schools of Public Health at Columbia and Boston Universities. A 40-year member of APHA, Ngina serves on its Governing Council, representing CHPPD. She has done extensive community-based health promotion/disease prevention work with low-income members of diverse, urban and rural communities, using a community organization and development model. She has also worked in Ghana, Tanzania, Brazil, Nigeria and South Africa. Ngina earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Simmons University (upon whose Board of Trustees she’s since served), a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Public Health from UCLA. Lythcott is the mentor of Bryan Buckley. 

PerkinsJennifer S. Perkins, PhD, MPH, CHES, has over 15 years of experience as a public health practitioner, working with non-profit organizations at the local and national level, as well as governmental health agencies. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and remains active in both the American Public Health Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. The majority of Dr. Perkins' practical experience was with Dallas County Health and Human Services where she worked in Public Health Preparedness and Bioterrorism Response. She received her PhD in Health Studies/Community Health from Texas Woman's University in 2004 and both her MPH and BS from Indiana University. She joined the Walden team in 2009, serving as Practicum Coordinator and full-time faculty.

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

"Get Hired after Graduation" young professionals panel — April 5 at 5 p.m. ET

This panel, in partnership with APHA's Student Assembly, features a dynamic group of young professionals who navigated the pandemic to secure their public health roles. This webinar is intended for current students who are about to graduate, students interested in applying to graduate school or for those looking to make a career change. The audience will learn how to stand out during the interview process, how to network, experiences to highlight on graduate school applications, and much more! 


Holly PlackemeierHolly Plackemeier joined the American Public Health Association in 2020 as the Affiliate Manager, working closely with state and regional public health associations and their leaders. She is also the lead on National Public Health Week Student Day. Holly is passionate about supporting young professionals to achieve their full potential. Prior to APHA, Holly worked in fundraising at Children's National Hospital Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Truman State University.


Arianne NoorestaniArianne Noorestani is the Project Communication Support Specialist for the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge at the American Public Health Association. In her role, she is in charge of curating and disseminating communications content, in addition to providing technical assistance. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Public Health from The George Washington University in 2020. During her undergraduate career, she had internship experiences with other non-profit organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund and United Way of the National Capital Area. Arianne possesses a deep passion for health equity and plans to further explore this passion in her future graduate career.

Aleigha SpauldingAleigha Spaulding, MPH, is an epidemiologist at the Tennessee Department of Health within the Office of Informatics and Analytics. After graduating from East Tennessee State University in 2020 with her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, she joined the team at TDH to support their work in statewide drug overdose surveillance. Aleigha is passionate about furthering the understanding of drug overdose trends within Tennessee. She works on a devoted team that takes pride in utilizing data to support the efforts across the state to reduce the number of lives lost by drug overdose. In her free time, Aleigha loves to spend time with friends and her dog, Ruby, exploring new hobbies and is a self-proclaimed botany enthusiast.

Maddie KinscherMaddie Kinscher is currently a Marshfield Clinic Health System CommunityCorps member serving Central Rivers Farmshed, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to build a resilient local food economy. Her role in the organization is to support community health efforts through program development, volunteer coordination, educational outreach and development. Through her efforts, Central Rivers Farmshed was named a Healthy People 2030 Champion and is integrating a garden curriculum for teens in summer 2022. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Minor in Biology. She is currently exploring careers relating to health education programming.

Zamir BrownZamir M. Brown, MPH, FRSPH, is a Senior Program Associate at the de Beaumont Foundation, where he works on a portfolio of programs and partnerships, such as 40 Under Forty in Public Health and Healing Through Policy, that bolster the field and practice of public health to foster health and racial equity. He also serves as a Governing Councilor for the American Public Health Association, representing the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section. Zamir has worked and served in numerous capacities at the local, state, and national level for organizations such as the National Health Law Program, AmeriCorps-Public Allies, and the State of North Carolina's Office of the Governor, General Assembly, and Department of Health and Human Services to develop policies, practices, and programs to foster community health and well-being. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University — Milken Institute School of Public Health. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Associate of Science degree from Durham Technical Community College in Pre-Medical Studies.

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

Thank you to our Student Day sponsor!

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Tuesday, April 5 — Becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist
Taking It to the Next Level Earning the CHES or MCHES Credential, 3-4 pm ET.
This presentation will provide information related to the value of the CHES and MCHES certification; the history of the credentials; reasons to certify; how to apply; and the benefits of the CHES® and MCHES® credentials.

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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