Recent and Upcoming Events:
  • Registration for the State Health Director's Conference has begun.  This year the conference will take place at the newly renovated Raleigh Crabtree Marriott.  The dates are January 19-20, 2017. Click here to register.  Exhibitor registrations are also being accepted - go to the same link.
  • On June 3, we offered a webinar on the NCDPH Perinatal Strategic Plan.  Click here to view a recording of the webinar.  You will be required to login in as a member prior to preceding to the page.

Check it Out:

  • The newly merged Epidemiology, Statistics and Laboratory Section have put together a Summer 2016 newsletter.  Find out what's happening with the section and why you should join! 
  • NCPHA's Advocacy Agenda for 2016 can be read here.
  • The NCDPH Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch has released its updated Vision 2020 Plan!
    Here is the link:
  • Did you know that local health departments are key safety net providers across our state? In 2013, Local Health Departments saw over 190,000 Medicaid patients and over 158,000 Uninsured patients. North Carolina’s Public Health system is also the ONLY health system offering services to local residents in all 100 counties.  For these reasons and many others, NCPHA wholeheartedly supports expanding Medicaid in our state.  Recently, our 2016 President, Suzanne Lea, wrote a letter of support for Medicaid expansion to the NC DHHS Secretary Rick Brajer.  Click here to read the letter.
  • In September at our Fall Educational Conference, a new NCPHA group was launched - the Young Professionals Group for NCPHA members 21-39 y.o.  To learn more about the group and how to sign up, go here
  • If you're looking for information on the health of our state's population, we've added links to the below page can direct you to important information regarding our state's youth, communicable diseases, cancer statistics, and more.
    Research Papers, Presentations, PPT's
  • Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US?  Learn how you can be a part of the national effort to make sure 80% of adults ages 50 and older are regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.  Visit  to learn more.


Message from President, Joshua R. Swift                    

Welcome to the North Carolina Public Health Association!

NCPHA, founded in 1909, is the professional network of individuals engaged in protecting and improving the health of all North Carolinians.  NCPHA is also the state-affiliate of the American Public Health Association. With over 1,100 members we are the largest state-affiliate in the United States.   With such a large organization we have a massive amount of power and responsibility.  My goal is that our organization will continue to grow and continue to be the go-to resource for public health professionals who wish to learn and grow in their careers, and that we will continue to advocate and promote public health policies and practices across all 100 counties in North Carolina.

At the 2016 Fall Education Conference we introduced our plans to focus on healthier babies across the state by aligning each section of NCPHA around specific goals related to the health of our next generation.  Areas included a focus on the prevention of the Zika virus, clean drinking water, proper prenatal care, and numerous other focus areas.  Our goal is develop synergy across all 1,100 plus members and 100 counties as we move forward and make North Carolina a healthier place to grow up. 

Traditionally, NCPHA membership has been comprised of dedicated professionals working in the state and local health departments providing preventive and public health services. As the role of public health has expanded in recent decades, NCPHA has a goal to broaden our reach to proactively engage all individuals who embrace their role within public health systems in our state.  We embrace an approach that includes “Health in All Policies” to further our mission.

Inter-professional. NCPHA aims to be your professional network for all aspects of population-health, be it water quality in eastern North Carolina, air quality in western North Carolina, access to primary care services across rural North Carolina, or community-based approaches to reduce obesity in your county of North Carolina. These examples, and there are many more, demonstrate the diversity of professional networks that span inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral partnerships.  Through these partnerships, collaboration achieves our collective goal to protect and improve the health of all North Carolinians.

Future Leaders. As undergraduate and master’s degree programs in public health training have expanded across North Carolina, we are especially excited to mentor young professionals for leadership roles. NCPHA offers opportunity for those beginning their careers (whether in school or recently graduated, no matter where you seek to be employed) to participate in presentations at statewide meetings, establish professional networks for future advancement, apply for scholarships, become involved in advocacy, and much more. Contact Leah Acheson for more information ( You are our future public health leaders.  

For all our members or those thinking about membership, becoming active in a section (see the section drop-down box), have a question or just want to discuss public health please contact me ( 910-798-6592).  

Thank you,

Joshua R. Swift, MPH

President, North Carolina Public Health Association