UNE American Public Health Association Student Assembly (APHA-SA)

About the APHA-SA

The UNE American Public Health Association – Student Assembly (APHA-SA) is an interdisciplinary organization welcoming student members from all health programs at the university who have an interest in public health. The chapter within UNE is part of the broader APHA-SA, a student-led organization within the American Public Health Association.


Members of the UNE APHA-SA are not required to become student members of the national APHA organization, although it is encouraged. Participation in UNE APHA-SA is free and flexible!

Students who join UNE APHA-SA have the benefit of being able to participate remotely, which works well for those enrolled in online programs and local students who may be unable to attend meetings on campus.

Monthly meetings

General member meetings are conducted monthly via teleconference. Members can also participate in events held every other month to delve deeper into the field of public health by learning about potential career paths, participating in skill building workshops, listening to exciting guest speakers who are professionals already in the field, and other activities as planned.

Ways to connect with the APHA-SA

Upcoming UNE APHA-SA activities are listed via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. If you are interested in learning more about UNE APHA-SA or joining the organization, please contact apha-board@une.edu.

Officers of the UNE APHA-SA

Daniel Higgins – President

Daniel Higgins is from Providence, RI. He received his B.S. in biology from Providence College in 2018, and completed research at Brown Emergency Medicine after graduating. After a year working at Brown, he had the opportunity to conduct research at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, doing research on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He graduated from GPPH in 2021 and has been admitted to medical school in hopes of becoming an emergency medicine physician. As president, he is dedicated to promoting health among the UNE community and bringing opportunities to the student body.

Mackenzie Amadei – Vice-President

Mackenzie Amadei is a current GPPH student at UNE. She lives in Saco, Maine and works as a Research Scientist at Abbott Diagnostics. In her current role, she helps develop and validate rapid diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. She has always been interested in molecular biology and infectious disease and hopes to focus her public health career in these fields as well. She’s passionate about translating science to the general public and educating others. While on the board for the APHA-SA, she contributes to enhancing UNE’s public health community and advocates for important public health issues.

Amy Small – Secretary

Amy Small is a recent GPPH graduate. Her background is in radiology and mammography. As a military (retired) spouse, she has been afforded the opportunity to work in many medical capacities such as hospitals, ERs, orthopedic offices, women’s imaging centers, and diagnostic centers. Although she loved her work, she knew it was time to take it a step further. Her public health interests include global health, health education, and research. She is the Assistant Program Manager for RAD-AID’s Ethiopia program, the Director of Hearts for Okinawa and the Disaster Action Team Lead for the American Red Cross Marine Corp Base Camp Butler.

As Secretary, she is committed to keeping the work organized, building the monthly newsletter, and engaging with the student body through social media.

Olivia Rando – Treasurer and Campus Liaison

As Treasurer and Campus Liaison, Olivia is charged with attending Graduate Council Meetings and reporting to other councils on the activities of APHA-SA. She also manages the assembly’s Instagram page and is a member of the National American Public Health Association. Olivia is from Boston, MA and is a junior in the UNE undergraduate Public Health Program. She also serves as the Junior Class Secretary for the Undergraduate Student Government. Olivia currently works as a patient experience representative at a substance abuse treatment center in MA. She has a strong passion for ensuring all people have equal access to healthcare and addressing the social determinants of health to improve population health.

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Assistant Director of Public Health Workforce Development

Jennifer Ceide has worked in the field of public health for close to 10 years. Her work has focused on program planning and education for a variety of communities and professionals in the areas of asthma, tobacco treatment, and nutrition. Her undergrad and graduate degrees are in public health with concentrations in education and communication. She is excited to be working in workforce development and plans to bring creativity and innovation to the field through interdisciplinary collaboration.




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