Dr. Applyrs, provides oversight to the development of Public Health degree programs within the School of Health Sciences. She is a passionate advocate for community stewardship and inspiring and coordinating local engagement on health issues.
Dr. Laurie Carbo-Porter, Dean of the School of Health Sciences recently stated, “Dr. Applyrs lives and breathes advocacy. It pervades everything she does and this makes her more than a solid public health professional and educator, it makes her a life-force and a dynamic role model for her students and colleagues”.
Last summer, she spearheaded a Nyquist Leadership Series event, “Strengthening Communities by Bridging Health and Economic Development,” which explored strategies for the revitalization of the local communities through an investment of resources into neighborhoods, buildings, and businesses.
Dr. Applyrs is also actively involved in the local community, serving as a common councilwoman in the City of Albany, representing the first ward, and numerous community organizations. Including the Second Avenue Neighborhood Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, Local Progress New York, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. In addition, she was recently named the 2017 Ambassador for Girl’s Inc. of the Capital Region.
Prior to returning to school to pursue her doctoral studies, Dr. Applyrs was employed as an advocate for people living with HIV and AIDS. Her advocacy work with this population focused on improving the quality of life of individuals and communities disproportionately impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She completed her undergraduate studies at Delaware State University and her graduate work, including a Master’s of Public Health and Doctorate of Public Health degrees from the State University of New York at Albany.