During the Florida Public Health Association 2016 Annual Education Conference, FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work doctoral students Ms. Jessica Weissman, Mr. Chintan Bhatt and Mr. Ari Hozman were recognized for their scholarship while Health Promotion & Disease Prevention professor Dr. H.Virginia McCoy was invited to serve as the FIU Stempel College liaison to FHPA’s board of directors.
Ms. Weissman won the graduate student scholarship and presidential awards, and she was also selected for the position of student representative to the membership committee of the FPHA. Mr. Bhatt won the most informative poster award. He was also selected for the position of student representative to the legislative committee of the FPHA. Mr. Hozman was selected to the position of student representative for the social committee committee of the FPHA.
“The passionate public health professionals at FPHA make conference attendees feel welcome and encourage participation,” said Ms. Weissman. This is the second time that she attends the annual conference. It was the first time attending for Mr. Bhatt, who said, “It was a great experience as the conference is an excellent way to network and learn while having fun in a supportive environment.” Mr. Hozman also vouched for the conference, “From day one, I immediately noticed the high caliber of interactive educational sessions that took place and I was blown away. From Zika to HIV to obesity and more, the sessions were nothing less than exciting.”
The FPHA serves Florida’s public health professionals and students through advocacy, professional development as well as networking to improve Florida’s health. FPHA membership is as diverse as public health and includes nurses, environmental health specialists, health educators, physicians, allied health professionals, preventive medicine specialists, laboratorians, alternative health care providers, social workers, academicians, policymakers, interested citizens and students.