Aneliese Apala is a Master of Public Health candidate concentrating on Community Health Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her time at UMass, she has been a part of research related to American Indian/Alaska Native suicide prevention through resilience, gender and sexuality empowerment and education in elementary age students, and American Indian/Alaska Native women matriculating into postgraduate studies. Prior to the pursuit of her master’s, Aneliese was a Senior Scientist for a pharmaceutical contract research organization in Richmond, VA and volunteered with an LGBTQ youth group. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Randolph College. Aneliese is originally from Oklahoma and is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. The travel award helped to fund travel expenses for the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego, California on November 10-14, 2018. She presented her poster titled, “School-based Sexuality and Gender Education and Empowerment Program for Youth Ages 10-12”.