By: Rachel Schramm, IPHA Affiliate Representative to the APHA Governing Council
My name is Rachel Schramm and I am a Senior Health Education Specialist at Linn County Public Health in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I was elected to the IPHA Board of Directors in 2017, and was recently designated to serve as the Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC) – which simply means that I serve as liaison between our state association and the American Public Health Association (APHA). And, I feel like I have big shoes to fill!
Previous ARGCs include Deb Vander Plas and Louise Lex. To date, I have had the opportunity to work alongside our regional ARGC representatives from Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska to discuss state/national public health policy, host a regional public health conference in Des Moines this past spring, and represent our association on regional calls. I look forward to getting more involved over the next year and representing our association to the best of my ability!
In addition, I am very excited to attend my first APHA Annual Meeting & Expo as an ARGC on November 10-14, 2018 in San Diego with 12,000+ of our colleagues from across the nation. The theme of the conference, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now” is sure to be inspiring and full of ideas that we can apply at home. The conference sessions will focus on how to truly become the healthiest nation; we must eliminate health disparities and dismantle the systems and structures that prevent individuals and communities from reaching their full potential.I will be sure to represent IPHA well and bring back as many resources to share with you all in the November newsletter. Follow along with the conference on Twitter @APHAAnnualMtg, #APHA2018, or on the meeting website: https://www.apha.org/annualmeeting.