Ms. Jessica Weissman, recently received the Campus Liaison of the Year Award from the American Public Health Association Student Assembly (APHA-SA) at the 2016 APHA Conference & Expo. With over 7,000 students and young professionals in a variety of health professions among its membership, the Student Assembly is the nation’s largest student-led organization dedicated to furthering the development of students, the next generation of professionals in public health and health-related disciplines. Of note, at the 2016 APHA Annual Conference, Ms. Weissman was awarded with a travel scholarship and also presented a poster titled, “South Florida’s 2016 regional conference: A Florida Public Health Association collaborative event” and gave an oral presentation titled “Marriage Equality and Public Health: Ethical Considerations.”
[Photo: Ms. Jessica Weissman]
Ms. Weissman is a doctoral student in the department of health promotion and disease prevention at the FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. She is also a graduate research fellow at the FIU Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA), a Center established in 2003 to address the escalating twin epidemics of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS affecting Latino communities throughout South Florida. This pioneering, nationally and internationally recognized Center currently houses grant awards from several of the prestigious institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ms. Weissman’s research is part of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) P20 Exploratory Center of Excellence grant titled The Center for Substance Use and HIV/AIDS Research on Latinos in the United States (C-SALUD; P20MD002288; PI: De La Rosa).
Ms. Weissman earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in 2008 and a Master’s of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University (FIU) in 2010. Thus far in her academic career, Ms. Weissman has published six manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, submitted three additional manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals, and given twelve professional presentations. In Addition to serving as an American Public Health Association-Student Assembly (APHA-SA) Campus Liaison for FIU, she is the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Florida Public Health Association (FPHA).
Ms. Weissman’s main research interests include health disparities regarding infectious (e.g., HIV/AIDS) and non-infectious conditions (e.g., obesity). She is also interested in physical activity and nutrition for the prevention of chronic diseases.
Knowing that there are more than a hundred campus liaisons throughout the country, receiving this award was for Ms. Weissman a great honor. She stated “I am so proud to be able to represent FIU and the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work at the APHA Conference. I look forward to continuing in my new promoted position as APHA-SA “Regional Student Liaison” for both the Southeast Region and the Northeast Region. The 2016 conference was a huge success, and I look forward to attending the 2017 conference in Atlanta”