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Kim Stefan Ta Duc ‘15 Attends Student Leadership Symposium on Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Washington, DC

Jul 16, 2013

Kim Stefan Ta Duc '15 received a highly competitive scholarship to attend the 12th annual Paul Ambrose Scholars Program Symposium, held June 20-23, 2013 in Washington, DC. He joined 45 other medical, physician assistant, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, and graduate nursing students dedicated to bringing health promotion and preventive approaches to health professions education and their communities. The students were selected from a pool of applicants from over 80 health professions schools across the country.Ta Duc was one of 40 Paul Ambrose Scholars chosen from 400 applicants nationwide.

Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, U.S. Public Health Service, Deputy Surgeon General, provided an inspiring second day closing that set the stage for the rest of the Symposium. Throughout the leadership development program, Ta Duc and the other participants attended presentations and lively discussions focused on perspectives on prevention, healthcare and the economy, health policy advocacy, project planning and community organizing, medicine and the underserved, public speaking and media relations, social determinants of health, and careers in public health and prevention. Public health officials, industry experts, and public health veterans led sessions. Six enthusiastic Paul Ambrose Scholar Alumni returned to participate in two panel discussions.

"What was most impactful was the encouragement they instilled in us and the belief that we are the next generation of leaders and that we have potential to make a difference in people's lives," said Ta Duc.

The PASP program is named for Paul Ambrose, MD, MPH a rising star in the field of prevention and public health who tragically lost his life on September 11, 2001. Through his intelligence, commitment, and heart-felt energy, Dr. Ambrose forged meaningful relationships and touched many lives by demonstrating a zest for living and passion for prevention and public health. Dr. Ambrose's mother, Sharon Ambrose, attended this year's symposium.

In addition to financial support awarded to travel to and participate in the symposium, Ta Duc is eligible to receive a micro-grant to implement a public health or disease prevention project focused on one of the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators on campus or in his community within the next year.

For his project, Access to Healthcare, Ta Duc will coordinate with St. Mary's Interfaith Medical Center in Stockton, CA to provide health services to the patients. As co-chair of the Pacific PharmAssistance Committee, he hopes to enroll patients in pharmacy assistance programs to help offset their prescription medication costs, obtain free medical supplies, and more. His outreach efforts will touch approximately 20 lives per month.

"It's an exceptional honor to have Stefan recognized for his drive to better meet public health needs. I believe that he will find a niche in the community that is not currently met and help improve healthcare of under served and under represented population," said Dr. Rajul Patel '01, '06. Dr. Patel will serve as Stefan's mentor for his Access to Healthcare project.

The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program (PASP) is planned and implemented by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). PASP is sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

About the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)
APTR is the professional organization for the academic public health community dedicated to prevention research and interprofessional education. By bringing together individuals and institutions devoted to disease prevention and health promotion, APTR is advancing interprofessional education and research to improve the health professions workforce. APTR represents public health, medical and health professions faculty and their institutions and supports universities, schools and colleges that develop, maintain and advance graduate programs in public health, preventive medicine, social medicine and community health.

This article was adapted by Dua Moua from the press release sent by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.