Recent News and Events:

  • Slides from the plenary speakers at the Fall Educational Conference are available 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. 
  • The NCPHA Governing Council approved the 2021 Legislative Advocacy Priorities on December 10.  Go to this page to see the complete list. 
  • 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 NCPHA President Leah Mayo             


Welcome to the North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA)! NCPHA is a professional association comprised of an interdisciplinary group of current and future public health professionals and is one of the nation's largest American Public Health Association affiliate organizations.  NCPHA was formed in 1909 and continues to serve our mission of working together to improve the public's health through political advocacy, public awareness, professional development, and the interface between research and practice. Each of you is why the organization has over 100 years of success in providing educational opportunities on emerging issues, a collective voice in advocating for public health, and serving as a platform for statewide networking and sharing of best practices in research and the in the field. In addition, our public health workforce has worked tirelessly to slow the spread of COVID-19 while continuing daily operations of keeping our communities safe and healthy.

 Amid the COVID-19 response, public health has been a leader in addressing racial and social inequities. Acknowledging our history and years of systemic racism is the first step, and public health professionals are learning, educating our communities, and working to address the historical trauma, implicit bias, and years of inequities in our communities. We have a long way to go, but public health continues to serve as leaders to create more equitable systems and make the healthy choice the easy choice for all.

It is an honor to serve as the NCPHA President and work alongside such a dedicated and passionate group of NCPHA members who have now become friends. I started my journey with NCPHA as membership and outreach committee chair almost ten years ago, and it has been a privilege to see the organization grow. In those ten years, we have seen a growing membership, provided thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards, supported initiatives to improve infant health, enhanced leadership skills for emerging public health leaders, formed a Young Professionals group, and most recently established a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus. These are just a few of the many accomplishments our NCPHA members and staff should be proud of.

The past couple of years have limited our physical interactions, but we have been able to stay connected through technology. Because of your work, we look forward to safely gathering April 27-29, 2022, in Asheville for the rescheduled 2021 Fall Educational Conference, Connectedness and Equity:  Public Health Creates a Healthier North Carolina. Also, save the dates for the second Public Health Young Professionals Conference May 18, 2022, in Raleigh, and our 2022 Fall Educational Conference September 14-16, 2022, in Wilmington. NCPHA is going across the state this year, and I look forward to seeing you!

Thank you again for being the best public health workforce and for your continued service to our communities and NCPHA. I encourage 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.  If you are not a member, join today and sign up for one of our eleven sections.  I look forward to working with each of you as President over the next year. I welcome any ideas for initiatives NCPHA could support and feedback on how we can continue to improve the organization to serve you and North Carolina best. Thank you again – your work does not go unnoticed. Let's make 2022 the best year yet!

M. Leah Mayo, MPH, MCHES®

2021-2022 NCPHA President