Former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellow (1989-1990) Melvin D. Shipp, O.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., has been named president-elect of the prestigious American Public Health Association (APHA). Shipp is dean of The Ohio State University College of Optometry and immediate past president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.
Shipp’s term as president will began in November of 2011, at the conclusion of APHA’s next annual meeting and exposition. The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. It works to protect Americans, their families and communities from preventable, serious health threats.
As an RWJF Health Policy Fellow, Shipp worked in the office of then-Senator Donald Riegle, Jr., D-Mich. The prestigious fellowship is a minimum one-year residential experience in Washington, D.C. that provides an insider’s perspective on federal health policy and the political process, and helps fellows develop leadership skills and build professional networks.