Andrew M. Snyder, BSN, MPH, PhD(c) was born and raised in Salem, Ohio, where he graduated with his high school diploma from Salem Senior High School in May of 2008. After high school graduation, he completed a yearlong exchange as a Rotary International Exchange Student in Joinville, SC, Brazil, on a full Rotary Scholarship. Upon his return to the United States in 2009, Andrew moved to Kent, Ohio, to attend Kent State University in and has since made Cuyahoga Falls his home.
Andrew received his master’s degree in public health degree focusing on Health Policy and Management (2017), and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2014) degree from Kent State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health at Kent State University, focusing his research on the health and wellness of the LGBTQ+ community. He is an active member of the American Public Health Association, Ohio Public Health Association, and Kent State University Diversity Action Council.
Andrew worked full-time as the Academic Program Coordinator for the Kent State University College of Nursing. In this position, he evaluated programmatic outcomes, maintained programmatic oversight, tracked and provided key financial and enrollment data, and participated in strategic planning, recruitment, and program development for the 100% online RN-to-BSN program across all 8 Kent State campuses.
In the Fall of 2018, Andrew joined the College of Public Health (CoPH) at Kent State University as full time doctoral graduate assistant. In this role, he provides undergraduate teaching and advising and supports research-based initiatives while completing his Ph.D. full-time. Beginning January 2021, Andrew began a full-time position as the Research Program Coordinator to conduct greater Akron, Ohio’s first LGBTQ+ community needs assessment. Andrew raised $145,000 in local grant funding to support this research project. In January 2022, Andrew became the Director of Program Outreach at the CoPH expanding his role and responsibilities further.
In addition to his leadership roles in the College of Public Health, he served as Administrative Generalist at Community AIDS Network Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI). In his role at CANAPI, Andrew develops and maintains a comprehensive organization policy register, updates organizational financial policies to comply with 501c3 governmental requirements, and reviews organizational personnel and human resources policies to ensure compliance with federal employment guidelines. To improve access to community resources for LGBTQ+ residents in Summit and Portage counties, Andrew secured $541,510 of grant funding in 2019, 2020, and 2021 through the Ohio Department of Health for the development and evaluation of a mobile application to address identified barriers in the management of HIV care coordination. He currently serves as Principal Investigator for this project, titled “Quality Innovations in the Continuum of HIV Care.”