APHA's 2014 Get Ready Scholarship: Check out the winners

Three students — at the high school, undergraduate and graduate college levels — were chosen from hundreds of applicants as the winners of APHA's 2014 Get Ready Scholarship.


• Tiffany Chen: Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, New Jersey (high school level)

Weathering the severe storms

Above all, the best way to prepare for emergencies is to know what to prepare for. This means understanding common words that indicate severe weather — like warning, watch and advisory —and tracking the weather, whether via Internet, radio or television. Ultimately, you can’t prevent severe weather from happening. It comes regardless. You can, however, take precautions to avoid its negative effects, and with careful preparation and planning, you can also consider yourself an even greater force to be reckoned with.


• Angel Vincent: Kent State University, New Franklin, Ohio (undergraduate level)

Water safety during a disaster in a small community

All homes in the New Franklin area receive their water from private wells. This became an issue in the spring of 2013, when an abundance of storm water flooded many areas of my community, flooding and overflowing many septic systems and wells.  I was fortunate that the flood waters did not reach our well, but we were in the affected area of the flood water.  As a student at Kent State University majoring in public health, this concerned me greatly because of the potential diseases and illnesses that can be caused by contaminated groundwater…Due to the fact that all of the households are serviced by wells and not a city water infrastructure, there needs to be a plan in place to set up for distribution of safe potable water in the event of an emergency. Simply adding a water tower will not resolve the city’s issues.  I plan to write and present this plan to our city leaders in the hopes that we can be prepared in the event of a natural disaster in the future. 


• Nicholas Thompson: Drexel University, School of Public Health, Philadelphia (graduate level)

Infographic: Addressing antibiotic resistance: Past, present and future

The graduate-level challenge in this year's scholarship was to develop an infographic

Antibiotic infographic

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