Upcoming and Recent Events:

  • The 2015 NCPHA Fall Educational Conference took place September 16-18 in Winston-Salem.  In case you missed it, go to Fall Educational Information and Registration for the link to photos from the conference and presentation slides for the keynote speaker, Wood Lecturer and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health speakers.
  • Registration has begun for the 2016 State Health Director's Conference.  The conference will take place January 21, 22 at the North Raleigh Hilton.  The theme is Public Health and Primary Care:  Intersecting to Improve Lives. Click here for more information and to register.

Check it Out:
  • 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


Message from President, Suzanne Lea                     

Welcome to the North Carolina Public Health Association!

NCPHA, founded in 1905, 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 Healthalt

Association. As defined by the World Health Organization in 1948, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”   In addition, an individual’s health is highly intertwined with the indoor and outdoor environments in which the person lives, works, and plays.

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 (mariel.mayo@arhs-nc.org). You are our future public health leaders.  

For all our members or those thinking about membership, become active in a section (see the section drop-down box) or contact me (leac@ecu.edu) to suggest creating a “Topic-specific Focus Area.” (Examples include, air quality, water quality/quantity, cancer, obesity, aging, demographic change, quality improvement, or hospital-health agency collaborations.)

Create a social movement by engaging your networks to make an impact on population health and environmental quality in North Carolina through the North Carolina Public Health Association.

Thank you,

C. Suzanne Lea, PhD, MPH

President, North Carolina Public Health Association