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. 


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]


         Upcoming Events:

  • The NCPHA Virtual Spring Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18.  The final agenda and registration form can be found here. .  
  • Abstract Submissions for the NCPHA Fall Educational Conference began on April 30.  To read more about it and to submit your abstract, go here.  

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Message from NCPHA President Michael Zelek               


Welcome to the North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA) website.  NCPHA is North Carolina’s premiere membership organization for public


health professionals and organizations working together to improve the public's health through political advocacy, public awareness, professional development, and the interface between research and practice. NCPHA provides educational and networking opportunities to its members and works to build advocacy and awareness around important public health issues in NC. From COVID-19 and racial justice to clean water and healthcare access, NCPHA’s work spans all public health domains.    

It is a tremendous honor to serve as the NCPHA President for 2020-2021. I have been a proud member of NCPHA for nearly a decade and have found NCPHA’s conferences to be the best around. The opportunity to work alongside and learn from NCPHA’s more than 1,000 members from across the state has made me a better public health professional and person.  

If you are considering joining NCPHA as a member, we would love to have you! Click on Member Center/Join at the top of the page to learn more. If you are already a member, I hope you take advantage of opportunities to get involved, such as through our 11 wonderful sections.  

While COVID-19 has not allowed for in-person conferences in 2020, we are hopeful that we will be able to come together once again in 2021. I hope to be able to see you all at the NCPHA Spring Educational Conference in Raleigh and at the Fall Educational Conference in Asheville. Check our website periodically for additional educational opportunities and updates. 

These are unique and challenging times for all of us, but the importance of public health has never been more evident. Thank you for your service to the field of public health and to all who call North Carolina home. NCPHA stands behind you as you work to make North Carolina a healthier place for all.  

Michael Zelek, MPH
2020-2021 NCPHA President