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From Joanne Rinker, 2013-2014 President, NCPHA
NCPHA was formed in 1909 by a group of concerned county superintendents of health in an effort to promote public health in North Carolina. Over 100 years later, our Association of individuals and organizations continues to improve the public’s health through our mission of advocacy, public awareness, professional development, and acting as an interface between research and practice.
Our vision is for NCPHA to be the leading professional association for people dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and environment of all North Carolinians.
You may be wondering who would join NCPHA? The answer is simple, those committed to and passion about the public’s health. More specifically, that may include administrators, admin support and IT staff, county health department staff, DPH staff, environmental health specialists, epidemiologists, health directors, health educators, laboratory personnel, nurses, nutritionists/dietitians, physicians, public information officers, social workers, staff from private organizations, students, university staff, researchers, professors and again, anyone interested in improving the public’s health!There are a variety of membership options. Regular members are entitled to all membership privileges, including the right to make motions and vote; to nominate; to be a member of one or more Sections (upon payment of dues); to hold office in the Association and/or any Section; to serve on committees of the Association or Section. I encourage you to become a member of NCPHA and be an active member. Don’t just join a committee but play an active role. Participate in meetings, learn what the membership needs are and how you can help yourself and your peers reach their professional goals. Consider being part of the leadership for that section or for NCPHA by indicating your willingness to serve. Additionally, as a member you can attend any education session during the Annual and Spring Conferences.
NCPHA has a membership that is right for you. Regular Member Student Member, Life Member (those who have been a member for 25 years are considered life members and benefit from additional privileges) Retired Member, Organizational Member (who get 6 free NEW members per year), and Members making less than $25,000 annually.
Each year we have a spring and fall educational conference. The Spring and Fall Educational Conferences have long been a highlight of NCPHA membership. As a member you will be eligible to participate in these events at a discounted rate. The Fall conference is a time when public health professionals throughout NC come together in one location for meetings, workshops, poster sessions, a trade shows, and much more. It is also a time to re-connect with old friends, meet new friends, socialize and network. Wilmington, New Bern, Charlotte, and Asheville have all been the backdrop for NCPHA past conferences. Check the website for details and join us for our upcoming conference!
Now is the perfect time to become part of a long-standing tradition of excellence as a new member of NCPHA. Come join us!