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Nandi Marshall named the 2024 American Public Health Association’s Executive Board Chair

Georgia Southern University’s Nandi Marshall, DrPH, has been named the 2024 Executive Board Chair for the American Public Health Association.

Nandi Marshall, DrPH

“I am currently serving a four-year term on the APHA Executive Board. The most important aspect of the new position is that I have the amazing opportunity to lead our board of public health professionals as we work to support the association and its members in our commitment to achieving health equity,” said Marshall. “My goals for the board focus on supporting the association as we work towards implementing the new strategic plan, continuing to strengthen our governance procedures, ensuring our board members are properly trained, exploring innovative financial stewardship, and facilitating engaged, connected, and visionary board members.”

Marshall specializes in maternal and child health equity. She holds a BA from Spelman College, an MPH from East Stroudsburg University and a DrPH from Georgia Southern University. She is a certified health education specialist, a certified lactation counselor, and a certified diversity executive. She is also one of the associate deans for Georgia Southern’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH).

“I could not be prouder of Dr. Marshall’s recent election to serve as Chair of the association’s Executive Board this year. APHA champions the health of all people and all communities, and her appointment is a testament to a commitment to make a difference in improving health and eliminating health disparities in the communities she serves. To be recognized by your professional peers for such a high-profile leadership role is truly impressive, and it serves as yet another reminder of the impact the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) is having on rural and underserved communities in Georgia, the region, and globally,” said Stuart Tedders, Ph.D., dean of JPHCOPH.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is a Washington, D.C.-based professional membership and advocacy organization for public health professionals in the United States. APHA is the largest professional organization of public health professionals in the United States and hosts the largest gathering of public health professionals in the world at their annual meeting and exhibition. APHA was founded by a group of physicians and has been involved in every major significant public health program of the last 150 years. 

The organization is divided into sections, special interest groups, affiliates, forums, and caucuses. Sections are the primary organizing units in APHA composed of individuals with shared interest in topics, practice areas, or conditions. Affiliates are state-based public health associations. Forums are cross-organization bodies around an interdisciplinary health topic. Special interest groups are groups organizing themselves into a section. Caucuses are outside professional organizations that are organized around social issues or populations in official relation with APHA. APHA is governed by a 24 member executive board, and led by an executive committee composed of a chair, vice-chair, president (elect and immediate), speaker, and treasurer. The legislative body of the organization is the governing council, which is composed of voting and non-voting members. Each part of the association is self-governed.

APHA has five types of membership: regular, retired, early-career professional, organizational, and student. Members receive an online subscription to the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation’s Health as well as a weekly newsletter, Inside Public Health.

Last updated: 1/10/2024