AcademyHealth (www.academyhealth.org) is a multidisciplinary membership organization representing health services researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners. Based in Washington, DC, it promotes the use of research evidence to increase the quality, accessibility, and value of health care, to reduce disparities, and to improve health.

Student membership in AcademyHealth is $40 per year and benefits include access to professional development opportunities, career resources, subscriptions to newsletters and journals, and mentoring opportunities. AcademyHealth holds two annual conferences that are excellent learning and networking opportunities for students: a health policy conference in February in Washington, DC, and a health services research conference in June (held in different cities around the U.S.).

Speakers are national leaders in the field. The CUNY student chapter was formed at the end of 2012 and is one of almost 40 student chapters at universities across the country. There is an organizing committee and a Faculty Advisor, Dr. Alexis Pozen, Health Policy and Management faculty member in the School of Public Health The Chapter organizes panel discussions and seminars, sends out information about conferences, webinars, and other professional development opportunities, and brings together CUNY graduate students with an interest in health services research and policy.

Graduate students from all disciplines and all CUNY schools are welcome to join the student chapter. For more information or to get involved in the student chapter, email CUNYacademyhealth@gc.cuny.edu .

AH Student Chapter events 2013-2014: In October 2013, the AH student chapter hosted a networking event and panel discussion on emerging research in the field of Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR) and its impact on communities and population health. Speakers included Professors Marthe Gold, Sean Haley, and Shoshanna Sofaer who gave highly informative and engaging presentations reflecting their extensive experience as public health services researchers and practitioners.

They discussed the relevance of PHSSR, research priorities in the field and suggestions for student involvement. Attendees each received several articles on PHSSR and also had an opportunity to meet and mingle. (L to R): Student Chapter Officers: Maria Pico, Constance Bowens, Janice Chisholm, and Shirley Berger and presenters: Dr. Marthe Gold, Dr. Sean Haley and Dr. Shoshanna Sofaer InSpring 2014 the CUNY student chapter hosted a Q & A forum with Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, recently appointed Health Commissioner of New York City. Dr. Bassett began by presenting her vision and priorities and then answered questions from a packed room of students and faculty members.

The very engaging and successful event was sponsored by the DPH Program, CUNY School of Public Health. Pictured (L to R): Janice Chisholm, Shirley Berger, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, Maria Pico and Dr. Shoshanna Sofaer