Students from the Florida A&M University Institute of Public Health and members of the Future Public Health Professionals had a chance to go to the American Public Health Association’s national meeting Oct. 29 in Washington.
The conference was a chance for students to get a look at cutting edge health research, meet peers from other schools and to meet with high-ranking officials within the public health field, including U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin.
“It’s probably the largest meeting where public health professionals and students come and talk about public health research and the latest, best practices in public health,” said Dr. Cynthia Harris, director and professor with the FAMU Institute of Public Health.
“It’s important for us that they get a chance to attend and participate, present research papers and network because we focus on them as future public health professionals.”
Eric Walker, a second-year FAMU graduate student and president of FAMU’s Future Public Health Professionals, said the conference was a great chance for him and other students to network, but he took away more than that.
“Networking is happening all the time,” said Walker. “I found out with this conference, you don’t pass up the opportunity to talk to people.