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UMiami: Cynthia Lebron Selected as APHA Maternal and Child Health Fellow

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has selected Ms. Cynthia Lebron, PhD candidate in prevention science and community health at the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences, as a 2019-2020 Maternal and Child Health fellow. Ms. Lebron graduated from the UMiami Master of Public Health program in 2013 and began the Ph.D. program in 2015.

“I feel blessed and honored to have received this national fellowship. I am grateful for the opportunities it will afford me in meeting experts and being exposed to new and developing studies, issues, and policies in the field.”

Ms. Lebron recalls first hearing about the fellowship through her mentor, Dr. Sarah Messiah, professor of pediatrics and public health sciences and submitting the application for consideration the very next day, which was also one day after the application had opened.

A big portion of her fellowship will be her attendance to the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia from Nov. 2 to 6, 2019, where she will partake in various meetings, such as an orientation to the fellowship.

She will also attend leadership and maternal and child health organizational meetings, as well as build connections with researchers and scientists that make up the fellowship. Ms. Lebron will be partnered with a committee, as well as with a mentor that will provide guidance on specific projects and assist her in developing professional relationships.

“There will be a lot of opportunities to partake in. I’ll be diving into this world where I’ll be meeting maternal and child health experts, which will allow me to connect, share and collaborate with others on various opportunities and projects,” Ms. Lebron said.

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