To assist NC-Based public health non-profits during these difficult times, NCPHA has established a COVID-19 Fund.  Funds raised will be carefully distributed by the NCPHA Executive Committee.  Donation amounts begin at $10.  To make a donation, please click below.  We thank you in advance for your support during this public health crisis.  
COVID-19 Fund Donation Form


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.

  • The Public Health Social Workers Conference has been postponed until Thursday, October 29.   Click here for more information. 
  • CANCELLED Data for Impact on May 19.  
  • POSTPONED until May 18, 2021 -Spring Educational Conference to be held in Raleigh.  
  • POSTPONED until 2021 -The Young Professionals of NCPHA 2nd annual conference scheduled for Thursday, May 21.  
  • Finally, NCPHA the Case Management Certification Preparatory Course has been postponed until summer of 2021.  Click here to read more. 

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  • The NCPHA Governing Council has approved the Legislative Advocacy Priorities for 2020.  Go to this page to see the complete list. 
  • Local public health departments do well at sharing health in their communities, but many do not excel at promoting their work through social media.  To help you succeed, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently published "Social Media Toolkit:  A Primer for Local Health Department PIOs and Communication Professionals."  The best practices primer explains social media platforms - such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr and Pinterest - and how they can be used for effective strategic communications.  The toolkit also explains how to use social media to build audiences for agency materials, including risk and emergency communication.  To download the toolkit, go here.  
  • We are partnering to support More Powerful NC, a public education campaign that launches this week to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic and empower North Carolinians to take action to address the crisis in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities. The More Powerful NC campaign is supported by a coalition of North Carolina businesses, healthcare organizations, and state agencies that helped create, fund, and provide resources for this campaign, which was initiated by Attorney General Josh Stein and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen. The campaign website,, helps people understand the risks associated with opioids and provides treatment and recovery resources. The website also gives people a wide range of tools and ideas to get involved in their communities and be part of our work to confront the epidemic.We hope that you will take the time to visit the More Powerful NC website, take the pledge to take action.

  • Need help dealing with pain?  Click on one of the below links for help dealing with pain access.  This is high-quality information straight from physician anesthesiologists and pain medicine specialists who are especially skilled and experienced in taking care of people with chronic pain.


  • This North Carolina Public Health Law microsite is designed for people who work with the North Carolina public health system, including local health directors and local health department employees, county attorneys, local boards of health, state public health officials and employees, and other government officials and employees. It is also available to students, citizens, and others who want information about North Carolina public health law.

  • 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

  • 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

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