Statement from NCPHA regarding the Public Health Crises in our Nation

Our country is dealing with two public health crises. The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched our public health workforce and exploited the underlying inequities that plague our society. Furthermore, the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and so many before them are not individual senseless acts of violence, but part of the systemic, everyday experience of deeply rooted discrimination in black and brown communities. We stand in support of and in solidarity with these communities, and recognize the broad public health impacts of this systemic racism. Every day, we see inequalities in our public health work.  Disparities are prevalent across a wide array of health outcomes in communities of color. If we are to advance public health in our state and around the country, we must continue to work together to address these underlying issues. 

We recognize the critical need to speak out against systemic injustices, and are encouraged to see the important public health measures so many are practicing while exercising their right to protest by wearing masks, carrying hand sanitizer, and staying home if sick.    

To our public health workforce at the forefront of these public health crises, thank you for your commitment and dedication. We know this work is difficult and tiring, especially for our staff of color. We remain grateful for your service, both in your local communities and across the state, and will continue to support you in every way that we can. 

 

NCPHA Makes $30,000 Gift to UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health (CMIH)

As part of the NCPHA Healthy Babies Initiative, NCPHA recently gave a gift of $30,000 to the UNC Health Foundation (Foundation) for the benefit of the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health (CMIH).  The funds will be used to provide safe sleep education and portable cribs for North Carolina families.  Quarterly updates will be provided by CMIH and will posted on this website.  

 

 

Membership Grace Period due to COVID-19

We realize that many of you may be suffering financially due to the pandemic, therefore we will be extending our current members membership by 60 days.  You can still pay on your annual renewal date but if you don't, your membership won't expire until 60 days beyond your expiration date.  If you need a further extension, please contact Kim Dittmann at [email protected]

 

COVID-19 Resource Page - NCPHA has created a quick-reference page for COVID-19 Resources.  Click here for the page.


 
 

         Upcoming Events and Updates for Previously Scheduled Events:

  • Calling all students and public health practitioners!  It's time to submit your abstracts for the NCPHA Fall Educational Virtual ConferenceGo to this page to read more and submit your abstract.  
  • The Public Health Social Workers Conference has been postponed until Thursday, October 29.   Click here for more information.  
  • Finally, NCPHA the Case Management Certification Preparatory Course has been postponed until summer of 2021.  Click here to read more. 
  • As of June 9, a final decision has not been made on the Fall Educational Conference It is looking highly likely it will be virtual.  Once a final decision has been made, all NCPHA members and attendees of the 2019 FEC will receive an informational email.  We're hoping a final decision will be made by the end of June.  The dates for the conference can also possibly change to early October..  
  • Finally, Grant Writing 101 Workshops scheduled for earlier this year have been re-scheduled to begin October 22.  Click here for the informational flyer which includes all the dates and how to register. 

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Message from President, Teresa Ellen       

       

Welcome to the NC Public Health Association (NCPHA) website.  NCPHA is North Carolina’s premiere membership organization for public health professionals and organizations. NCPHA is a professional association where you can meet and engage with other public health colleagues to improve the health of North Carolinians. The association provides educational opportunities, advocacy and awareness to the public health issues we are all facing in NC. 

 

I am very honored and excited to serve as your 2019-2020 NCPHA President. I have had the privilege of being a member of NCPHA for most of my 25-year public health career.  This has afforded me the opportunity to work alongside and meet many talented public health professionals in our state.  With all that talent and passion, I am confident that if we work together, we will continue to move public health in NC forward in a positive direction. 

I would like to encourage each of you to consider joining NCPHA and if you are already a member inspire your colleagues to enroll also.  In addition, please consider getting more involved with your professional organization by serving on a committee or stepping up to a committee chair position. 

I hope to see all of you at the NCPHA Spring Educational Conference in May to be held in Raleigh and at the Fall Educational Conference in September in Wilmington. Keep connected with us throughout the year for other news and educational opportunities that may arise.

 As we face the many challenges each new year brings let’s raise our voices together as one chorus that speaks with credibility and authority as well as volume.  I look forward to working with all of you this year.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have ideas or questions.

 

Teresa Ellen RN, MPH

2019-2020 NCPHA President

 

 

 


 

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