APHA Disability Section Career Enhancement Scholarship Opportunities

February 1, 2016

The Disability Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) announces up to six $1000 Career Enhancement Scholarship opportunities for 2016.  These scholarships can be used by the awardees as desired, including covering expenses for attendance at the Disability Section Scientific Program and Business meeting at the 2016 American Public Health Association Annual meeting in Denver, CO from October 29-November 2, 2016. 

Who is eligible? All graduate students focusing their studies on disability and health at universities in the U.S., including students involved in the work of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities programs and initiatives, State Disability and Health grantees, LEND, UCEDD and IDDRC students, AUCD Network Trainees, disability studies students, health professional students, etc.  Applicants must be enrolled during the fall 2016 semester and are eligible to receive the scholarship once.

How can I apply? Apply by submitting an abstract to present at the APHA conference in Denver. Abstracts are due February 25, 2016. For details and to submit, please visit https://apha.confex.com/apha/144am/dis.htm  

What are the selection criteria? Awardees will be selected based on the quality of their abstracts. Abstracts will be ranked on strength of research and extent to which the research meets the goals of the disability section.

As the disability section of APHA, we are comprised of a diverse membership of individuals working in academic, community-based, and private institutions, federal and local government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Together, we strive to raise awareness and promote actions related to public health issues that affect the health, functional, social, and environmental aspects of disability. These issues include the causes and prevention of impairments and disabilities, especially secondary conditions; health promotion and rehabilitation; barriers and facilitators, both physical and social, that affect participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of society; and advocacy for public policies for individuals with disabilities. 

What will be expected of me? Scholarship recipients are asked to submit a 300-word essay regarding their current work/training and how they plan to use their education and skills to eliminate disability-related health disparities in the future. These essays must be submitted by December 1, 2016 along with a photo to mara.neary@oregonstate.edu.