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WKU KPHA Student Chapter wins top award for 6th year in row

WKU’s Kentucky Public Health Association Student Chapter has been named Best Student Chapter in Kentucky for the sixth year in a row.

The award was presented during the 66th annual KPHA Conference April 14-17 in Louisville. Students and faculty members from WKU’s College of Health and Human Services attended the conference. The theme of this year’s KPHA conference was Embracing the Future of Public Health.

The purpose of the student chapter of KPHA is to promote and create awareness of public health issues both on campus and in the community. KPHA’s mission is to increase public health awareness through community education and champion legislation that improves the welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Student members attending the conference presented posters and gave oral presentations on research. The presentations gave students an opportunity to present current public health issues to public health professionals from around the state. The students also had a chance to network with other public health students and professionals.

“The KPHA conference gave me an opportunity to present a poster and an oral presentation on Self Esteem research, which I had been working with faculty on all year,” said Mackenzie Perkins of Hopkinsville, WKU KPHA Historian and Master of Public Health student.

“Being an international student and attending my first conference within the United States, gave me extensive exposure to public health concepts at a state level,” said Gargya Malla of India, a WKU Master of Public Health student.

Dr. Grace Lartey and Dr. Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe, faculty members in WKU’s Department of Public Health, also received awards at the KPHA Conference.

“The KPHA Conference is always a wonderful experience for public health students, staff, and professionals,” Dr. Lartey said. “I was so excited for our student chapter winning the Best Student Chapter Award for the sixth year in a row. I was also amazed I received an award. I cannot wait until next year to bring even more students to the event.”

Dr. Gretchen Macy and Dr. Cecilia Watkins are faculty sponsors of the WKU KPHA Student Chapter.

Contact: Cecilia Watkins, (270) 745-4796.

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