Student Chapter of American Public Health Association (SAPHA)

What is American Public Health Association?

Founded in 1872, the American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association works to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats. APHA represents a broad array of health officials, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health providers at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions.

Currently, it has over 50,000 members and includes over 50 occupations.  As Optometrists, we are involved with one section of APHA, Vision Care Section.  The mission statement of APHA VCS is to promote health and well-being with emphasis on vision and eye health through interdisciplinary partnerships. The VCS serves as an advocate to ensure equality in, and access to, vision and eye health care, and to ensure inclusion of vision in public health policy. 

In the optometry profession, APHA works with the legislatures to set up standards for vision care.  Since 1979, the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association has passed 22 resolutions on behalf of optometry. These range from equal pay for equal service to the right for optometrists to use diagnostic and therapeutic drugs.  A few examples of these issues include the program of InfantSEE and the warning of Macular Degeneration included in cigarette packages.

How do I become an American Public Health Association member?

APHA Membership Application. 

Memberships benefits include

  • Free subscriptions

    • The Nation’s Health

    • American Journal of Public Health

  • Job listing database and career services

  • Mentoring program

  • APHA Student Assembly

  • Public Health Information and Resources

  • Continuing Education

  • Access to the Annual APHA Meeting

Additional information regarding APHA

APHA Student Chapter Officers

Dr. Rochelle Mozlin
OD, MPH – SUNY APHA faculty adviser
Email: rmozlin@sunyopt.edu

Jennifer Duan
APHA Chapter President
Email:  jduan@sunyopt.edu

Kirti Patel
MPH – APHA Chapter Internal VP/Treasure
Email: kpatel@sunyopt.edu

Jaimie Burgess
APHA Chapter External VP/Secretary
Email: jburgess@sunyopt.edu

Hadassa Rutman
AOSA-APHA National Student Liaison
Email: hrutman@sunyopt.edu

Please feel free to contact the officers for additional information!