Recent News and Events:

  • The 2023 Fall Educational Conference is next week!  Go here for the final agenda.  We've reached capacity for the conference so no walk-ons will be accepted.  The Firearm Safety Pre-Conference has also reached capacity.  See the final agenda by going here. 
  • Another free NCPHA Lunch and Learn Webinar is scheduled for Monday, September 25 from 10-11 am.  The topic is Let's Talk: Public Health at Work, Addressing Resilience and Breaking Barriers.  To learn more and to register, go here:  Lunch and Learn Webinars
  • In 2022, NCPHA became a partner organization of the Region IV Public Health Training Center.  They offer many recorded webinar trainings on a variety of topics for public health professionals.  View them all here. 
  • The 2023/2024 NCPHA Advocacy Agenda was recently adopted by the NCPHA Governing Council as well as a Gun Violence Resolution.  To see both click here
  • Two new sections were officially formed at our Fall Educational Conference - Medical Directors' Section and Advanced Practice Providers.  Be sure to check them out and add them to your NCPHA membership when joining or renewing!
  • NCPHA, the NC Association of Local Health Directors, and the NC Allliance of Public Health Agencies are sister organizations that support one another and share an Executive Director and office space.  Go here to view the organizational chart for the three organizations. 
  • Want to know more about Public Health Social Workers and what they do? Go here to view a brochure that sums up the profession very well.  
  • If you are young and new to the public health field, be sure to check out the Young Professionals Group for NCPHA members 21-39 y.o.  To learn more about the group and how to sign up, go here
  • NCPHA recently created a BIPOC Caucus, to learn more about the caucus, go here.  If you're a new or renewing member of NCPHA, be sure to indicate you'd like to join the section.  It's free to join and open to all NCPHA members!  

    Message from the NCPHA President  

Welcome to the best public health association ……the North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA)! NCPHA is a professional association comprised of an interdisciplinary group of current and future public health professionals. It is no secret that NCPHA is one of the nation's largest, most successful American Public Health Association affiliate organizations.  Formed in 1909, NCPHA continues to serve our mission of working together to improve the public's health through political advocacy, public awareness, professional development, while interfacing between research and practice. We are delighted to offer our public health workforce amazing educational opportunities to engage in emerging issues; serve as unified voice in advocating for public health and providing a platform for statewide networking.

I am humbled to be your NCPHA President. This is a responsibility that I will not take lightly as I know how dedicated our members are to serving the needs of our communities. I have been in your shoes…. be it working in a hospital, serving on the frontlines in our fight against COVID-19 (and many other emerging variants), and/or a student in a school of public health yearning to get into the action. You all are my heroes and I deeply admire your grit and tenacity. NCPHA is stronger than it has ever been, and you all play a major role in our overall success. We have established many opportunities for collaboration and networking. Our Young Professionals group, Aging Section, Medical Director’s group and most recently established Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus offer great spaces for all members.

It is our aim to continue the outstanding work that came because of the political and social unrest amid the COVID-19 response. NCPHA answered the clarion call for action in addressing racial and social inequities. We will continue to honor and acknowledging our history while addressing years of systemic racism. Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) is a major step in this process, and public health professionals are at the tip of the spear in our efforts to educate our communities. We acknowledge that we have miles to go before we sleep but our cause speeds on it way!

We proved this past year that we are public health! We slowly and intentionally eased our way back into conferencing with a successful Spring Conference that carefully put you all at ease. Our Fall Educational Conference in Wilmington, NC felt like the old days of NCPHA. There was a vibe in the atmosphere that was hard to describe but you knew it and you felt it. Your efforts and your will have brought us back to this critical point in time. We look forward to safely gathering for our slate of activities scheduled for the 2022-2023 calendar year. I look forward to seeing every one of you!

I sincerely thank you for being the best! Public Health is special, and your loyalty and dedication should be celebrated! Our communities are stronger because of your great work. NCPHA is better because of your commitment to the best public health association. I join all Past Presidents in encouraging our current members to get involved in a section, join a committee, and complete a willingness to serve form to learn more about getting involved.  NCPHA is only as strong as our membership! If you are not a member, please join today! As President, I look forward to working with each of you. We want to remain cutting edge and innovative, so I welcome your ideas and initiatives. This is going to be the best year ever!

Rod Jenkins, MHA
NCPHA President 2022-2023