Recent News and Events:

  • The 2024 Public Health Leaders' Conference taking place March 14-15 in Raleigh is accepting registrations.  Go here to register.  Don't wait until the last minute to register.  The conference is capped at 450 and has reached that number prior to the conference the last several years. 
  • Registration has begun for the 2024 Kelly Spangler Public Health Social Work Conference. For all the details and the registration form, go here. 
  • The Public Health Community recently lost a dear colleague, John Rouse, Health Director, Harnett County Health Department. His family established a scholarship fund in his memory.  To make a donation, go here. 
  • 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. 
  • Interested in the 2023/2024 NCPHA Advocacy Agenda? To view it and our Gun Violence Proclamationclick here
  • A new sections was officially formed at our Fall Educational Conference -Emergency Preparedness and Response.  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
  • In 2022, NCPHA 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  

Dear Members of the North Carolina Public Health Association,

I am deeply honored and excited to address you as the new President of our esteemed organization for the 2023-2024 term. It is a privilege to stand with a group of dedicated professionals who have long been at the forefront of shaping the health and well-being of our great state. Together, we embark on a journey to strengthen the future of public health in North Carolina, guided by resiliency, determination, and a historic milestone on the horizon. 
Resiliency and determination are the cornerstones of our mission. Over the past years, we have confronted challenges that tested our courage. The ongoing global health crisis reminded us of our essential role in safeguarding our communities' health. In the face of adversity, we adapted, learned, and thrived, demonstrating the remarkable strength of our public health system. 
One historic moment we eagerly anticipate is the Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina. This expansion is a testament to the power of advocacy and a significant step toward creating a healthcare system that is accessible and equitable for all. It presents an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of countless North Carolinians, and we must ensure its successful implementation. 
As we look to the future, I want to share my vision as your new President. I envision a North Carolina where public health is at the forefront of decision-making, where every community, regardless of size or location, has access to the resources and support it needs to thrive. Our association is a platform for innovation, collaboration, and advocacy, and together, we will lead the charge for healthier communities and a brighter future. 

Our mission for the coming year is to foster collaboration, empower the next generation of public health leaders, and ensure that North Carolina remains a beacon of health and well-being. It is my belief that together, with determination, resilience, and a shared vision, we can make an indelible mark on the future of public health in our great state. Regaining trust in public health is paramount to our mission. The public's confidence in our expertise and guidance is essential in a world inundated with information. We must work tirelessly to rebuild and fortify that trust, embracing transparency, open communication, and a commitment to evidence-based practices.
As your President, I pledge to make trust in public health a central theme in our initiatives. By cultivating a culture of trust, we can foster stronger partnerships, engage our communities, and ultimately ensure that the health of every North Carolinian is protected and promoted with unwavering integrity. Together, we will demonstrate that public health is not just a profession; it's a promise to safeguard the well-being of all.I am excited to work with each of you, learn from your expertise, and champion the values and goals of the North Carolina Public Health Association.
Together, we will make a difference, and our legacy will be a healthier, more equitable North Carolina. Thank you for your dedication and continued support. Here's to a transformative year ahead! 

Warm regards, 

Iulia Vann, MD, MPH
President, 2023-2024

 

 

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