Apeksha Iyer is the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Program Manager for the National REACH Coalition, a national network of community-based organizations aimed at eliminating health disparities. Apeksha's area of expertise are training and technical assistance, grants management, data analysis, publication development, and social media marketing. With a health equity focus, Apeksha has worked on developing and facilitating trainings that encourage chronic disease prevention through community engagement, coalition development, and the implementation of culturally sensitive health interventions.
Apeksha's prior experience in academia includes serving as a research and teaching assistant at Penn State University, where she examined health disparities among vulnerable populations. Apeksha is also a member of Academy Health and the American Public Health Association.
Apeksha earned a Master of Science in Health Policy and Administration with a concentration in Population Health from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Science in Health Management Systems and Pre-Health from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
My Experience at Duquesne:
Duquesne University provided a strong foundation for my career path by developing competitive skills useful both in graduate school and in the healthcare sector. One of the biggest advantages of attending Duquesne, particularly the School of Health Science, was receiving individual attention. I felt Duquesne invested in my future- professors, my academic advisor, and even the Dean of the Rangos School of Health Science, were vested in my professional and personal growth. Not only were the class sizes small at Duquesne, I was able to work with key healthcare leaders in Pittsburgh such as, UPMC Mercy and Preferred Primary Care Physicians. Besides support from the university, the atmosphere at Duquesne was of diversity and inclusion. While at Duquesne, I was honored to serve on the boards of the International Student Organization, Pi Kappa Epsilon, a Professional Health Science Honor Society, and Health Management Systems Student Society (co-founder).