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Join YSPH friends and colleagues in Atlanta November 12-15 for the annual American Public Health Association Meeting and Expo.

The APHA 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition is an important gathering of over 12,000 public health professionals from around the world. This event offers opportunities for professionals to collaborate, learn, and connect through various educational and networking activities. Attendees include public health professionals, visionaries, current students, and future leaders who come to meet with organizations that shape the industry. The Yale School of Public Health is proud to support, exhibit, and present at this significant annual event for public health professionals worldwide.

Win Daily Raffle Prizes!

Visit us at Booth #1613 and be among the first 100 visitors daily from November 12-14 for a chance to enter our booth giveaway raffle!

We're excited to announce that we'll give away two grand prizes each day. These prizes are unique offerings that showcase the best of Yale and our beloved city of New Haven, CT.

If you're the lucky winner, you could take home a “Taste of New Haven” gift pack, which includes a gift card from to order locally made treats and snacks that perfectly capture the essence of the city's culinary scene. Alternatively, you could win a “YSPH Goodies” swag bag, which includes a range of exclusive Yale School of Public Health merchandise and a lovable plush Handsome Dan Yale mascot bulldog.

With such amazing prizes to win, you will want to take advantage of this opportunity to take home a piece of Yale and New Haven with you!

  • Sunday, November 12, 12:30-6 pm
  • Monday, November 13, 10 am-4 pm
  • Tuesday, November 14, 10 am-4 pm

Meet & Greet with Our Experts!

We cordially invite you to visit us at Booth #1613, where our knowledgeable admissions staff and public health experts will be available to chat with you about our wide range of programs and answer any questions you may have.

Take the opportunity to connect with our experts and learn more about the Yale experience. Our experienced staff will share innovative ideas and cutting-edge educational opportunities for students who want to take on the exciting challenges of public health. You will have the unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into our program and its curriculum. We will highlight our innovative and collaborative culture, advanced research, and faculty expertise.

At the Yale School of Public Health, we are passionate about fostering health equity, social justice, and respectful discourse. We aim to enrich our teaching and scholarship, as well as empower the communities we serve. We look forward to meeting you at our booth and providing you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your future in public health.

Special APHA Event Recognitions

Jeannette Ickovics, PhD, earns APHA's 2023 Martha May Eliot Award

Jeannette Ickovics, PhD

Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Yale School of Public Health

Jeannette Ickovics , PhD, who currently holds the inaugural Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professorship of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Yale School of Public Health, has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Martha May Eliot Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA).

The award will be presented to her on November 13. Upon receiving the news, Ickovics expressed her gratitude, saying she was "honored and humbled" to be chosen for the award. In his congratulatory letter, APHA President Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, MD, praised Ickovics's contributions to maternal and child health practice, research, education, and advocacy. Ickovics noted that the Eliot Award holds a special place in her heart because of the recognition it gives to her research and her commitment to mentorship and training. The Martha May Eliot Award is named after Dr. Martha May Eliot, a pioneering figure in maternal and child health who was the first woman to be elected president of the APHA.

To commemorate the occasion, a pre-recorded video by Sten H. Vermund, MD, PhD, Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health and former dean of YSPH, who recommended Ickovics for the award, will be played during the award presentation.

Gul Saeed, MPH earns APHA's 2023 Kenneth Lutterman Student Paper Award

Gul Saeed, MPH

PhD student, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Gul Saeed, MPH , a PhD student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has received the Kenneth Lutterman Student Paper Award from the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association. The Lutterman Award was instituted in 2002 to honor the passionate commitment of Dr. Kenneth G. Lutterman to developing rigorous social service research as the basis for building the evidence base for high-quality mental health programs and services. Ms. Saeed’s paper, Maternal Suicidality in Pakistan: Developing a grounded theory to better inform suicide prevention interventions, is always highly competitive, so it’s quite an honor to be selected. Ms. Saeed’s award will be presented on Sunday, November 12, at the Mental Health Section’s Social Event, 6:00-8:30, Georgia World Convention Center, Room A406. We invite you to join us if you’re planning to attend the annual meeting.

Chelsey R. Carter, PhD, MPH earns APHA's 2023 Genomics Forum New Investigator Award

Chelsey R. Carter, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Secondary)

Chelsey R. Carter, Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and 2023 YSPH Distinguished Teaching Award recipient, who has displayed exceptional abilities in her field, has been selected to receive the Genomics Forum New Investigator Award at the upcoming Annual APHA 2023 conference. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 14th, from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Georgia World Congress Center, Room A308b.

The Genomics Forum New Investigator Research Award is bestowed upon new investigators who demonstrate excellence in their research and exhibit the potential to become future leaders. Chelsey won this award due to her contributions to the Black Genome Project, a study to understand how genetic research is impacting Black communities and how Black communities value their genomes and genetic data. Using research methods that include members of the community on the research team and through the study of individual people and community culture, the project aims to create a space for Black people to understand genetic diversity and to evaluate, learn, and take ownership over the future of precision public health and genomic medicine.

Three YSPH alums' documentary film accepted into the APHA Short Film Festival

Photo by Mara Lavitt
"African Wave" Filmmakers
From left: Kelvin Amenydor, MPH '23 (Global Health), Mukund Desibhatla, MPH '23 (Chronic Disease Epidemiology), and Chidum Okeke, MPH '23 (Health Care Management)
We are thrilled to share some wonderful news from three filmmakers and YSPH alums: Chidum Okeke, MPH '23 (Health Care Management), Kelvin Amenydor, MPH '23 (Global Health), and Mukund Desibhatla, MPH '23 (Chronic Disease Epidemiology). Their film, "African wave: A documentary," has been accepted into the APHA Short Film Festival. We are excited to showcase it during the APHA Public Health Film Festival on November 9 at 2:15 pm.

Kelvin, Mukund, and Chidum created the film as part of their YSPH Humanities, Arts, and Public Health Practice at Yale (HAPPY Initiative) CDE 570 course final project.

The APHA Public Health Film Festival is a unique feature of the Annual Meeting that presents honored public health films from around the globe. The festival screens public health films of all types and topics, including theme-related pieces and those that highlight public health locally, nationally, and globally. The goal is to share films that demonstrate, educate, inspire, and encourage positive change for a healthier future. The Film Festival includes both Feature Film and Short Film sessions.

Fighting for Love and Intimacy: Understanding and Addressing Sexual Health Issues Experienced by Veterans

Mitch Tepper, PhD, MPH, ’91

This year at the APHA Film Festival you will have the opportunity to listen and learn from those most affected by maternal and child health inequities, veterans, and those who produce health messages to create awareness and educate. Please set aside time for these exciting sessions during the 2023 APHA Film Festival!

On Tuesday, November 14, former Chair of the APHA Film Festival, Linda Bergonzi-King, MPH ’90, organized a special feature session highlighting the work of fellow alumnus Mitch Tepper, PhD, MPH, ’91.

TUESDAY: Fighting for Love and Intimacy: Understanding and Addressing Sexual Health Issues Experienced by Veterans

LOVE AFTER WAR: Saving Love, Saving Lives is a moving 57-minute documentary that introduces viewers to catastrophically injured veterans and their romantic partners who candidly share their battle for love. People who return from deployment with a serious mental or physical disability experience more marital stress and divorce than their non-disabled peers. Furthermore, failed intimate relationships contribute significantly to suicide, intimate partner violence, child abuse, substance abuse, and homelessness. However, research shows that a strong relationship provides a critical sense of belonging and motivation for living – the stronger a relationship, the more of a buffer it affords to prevent suicides and other negative outcomes of stressed relationships.

About the producer:

Mitchell Tepper, PhD, MPH, ’91, Director, Producer, and Writer, is a sexologist who has been living a full life with SCI for over 40 years. Dr. Tepper has been working with wounded veterans since speaking at the Road to Recovery Conference for wounded veterans in 2006. Through his work since then he has been successful in getting the issue of sexual health and intimacy for wounded warriors on the national radar.