My name is Andrew Snyder, I am a doctoral student studying health policy and management in the College of Public Health at Kent State University. I am a hard working, young, professional working to become a leader in the field of public health and promote sustainable public health innovations in collaboration with community partners.
I work full time in the College of Nursing at Kent State University as an Academic Program Coordinator for the 100% online RN-to-BSN program. In this position I apply the nursing knowledge and the health policy and management skills I obtained in my coursework to guide students to program completion and make recommendations to enhance the concentration to administrators in the College of Nursing. I have a comprehensive knowledge of university policy and state laws pertaining to nursing students and licensure, as well as state authorization law that affect our out-of-state online students.
In addition to my professional experience, I have applied my skills through many years of volunteering and part time employment at Community Aids Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI), an HIV/AIDS education and outreach organization located in Akron, Ohio. This experience has prepared me for the next step in the area of healthcare leadership at the community level. My involvement with CANAPI allowed me to gain insight to the challenges individuals with HIV/AIDS and their families face on a daily basis. Through CANAPI I gained exposure to working with non-discrimination policies as well as local and state public policies that affect and engage the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
CANAPI provided me with an environment to participate in public health programming at such as HIV/AIDS testing, HIV/AIDS nutritional education, and exposure to grant writing and fundraising to support CANAPI’s many education and outreach programs. Furthermore, CANAPI connected me with members of a grass roots coalition that proposes to support the expansion of the non-discrimination ordinance in Akron, Ohio to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes from discrimination. The passage of this city ordinance, expected in March 2017, will enforceable combat discrimination as well as promote lived equality for individuals whose sexual orientation and gender identities differ from the social norms in the city of Akron, Ohio. My involvement with this committee has provide me with exposure to the process of city ordinance adoption.
My experiences at CANAPI have provided me with a wide-angle lens to view the complexity of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its impact at the individual and community level. In 2015, there were 855 reported HIV positive individuals living in Summit County, 386 of those individuals infections had progressed to AIDS (Ohio Department of Health [ODH], 2015, p. 16). Statistics show 1 in 8 living in the United States with HIV are unaware of their infection, denoting that this reported number is likely underestimated by 100 or more (AIDS.gov, 2016). I believe Summit County should embrace technology to increase HIV testing, help prevent new HIV/AIDS infections and connect those infected with HIV/AIDS to resources in the community.
Mobile applications and internet based technology can help break down barriers and extend valuable public health programming to vulnerable populations such as those infected with HIV/AIDS. In my research I would like to explore the gaps of knowledge about utilizing mobile technology as a catalyst for health behavior change and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Ultimately contributing to objective HIV-3 set by Healthy People 2020; to reduce the rate of HIV transmission among adolescents and adults (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion [ODPHP], 2017).
I am excited about the opportunity to work collaboratively with the experts at Kent State University College of Public Health and hope to engage in interdisciplinary work with the College of Nursing at Kent State University, CANAPI of Akron, the Portage and Summit County Public Health Departments among other community stakeholders such as EquitasHealth.
Working with the faculty in the College of Public Health, primarily under the guidance and expertise of Dean Sonia Alemongo, Dr. Derek Kenne, and Dr. Mary Stepp will allow me to learn from experts as I develop professionally. Please accept my application for the PhD program as my commitment to excel in the program curriculum and contribute to make our community safer for vulnerable populations. Thank you for your careful consideration.
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HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Unit, Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Infectious Disease Assessment Unit, Washington State Department of Health. HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Report 2016, Volume 85. Retrieved from http://www.kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/hivstd/2016-hiv-aids-epidemiology-annual-report.ashx
Ohio Department of Health. (2015). Ohio HIV surveillance statistical tables. Retrieved from https://www.odh.ohio.gov/-/media/ODH/ASSETS/Files/health-statistics—disease—hiv-aids/2015-Data-Tables.pdf?la=en