(June 20, 2015) — Dr. Nandi A. Marshall, assistant professor of health sciences at Armstrong State University, has been appointed to the American Public Health Association (APHA) Science Board. Her term will begin in November and run through November 2018.
APHA is a professional association dedicated to improving the public's health through education and advocacy. As the only organization that influences federal policy, APHA has a 140-plus year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health.
“This appointment is an enormous honor for Nandi,” says Dr. Bob LeFavi, Armstrong’s Health Sciences interim department chair. “It is bestowed on only those who are seen as the best representatives of the field of public health in the U.S.”
The Science Board is chosen by the APHA executive board and includes members with a broad knowledge of public health and who offer a balanced representation of the various disciplines involved in public health. Each of the 16 selected science board members represents one of five core areas of public health: behavioral and social sciences, biomedical sciences and clinical practices, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and statistics and health management and social policy.
The board participates in the APHA development process by ensuring that all policy statements are evidence-based. Each spring, the science board meets in Washington, D.C. to review policies and provide recommendations to the joint policy committee.
Marshall received a Doctorate of Public Health from the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University, a Master of Public Health from East Stroudsburg University and a B.A. from Spelman College. She specializes in promoting health equity and addressing the social determinants of health through community engagement and participatory research.
The APHA leverages cutting edge research to promote best practices and programs. The association publishes the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation's Health newspaper.