Social Work Section

Welcome to the North Carolina Public Health Association’s Social Work Section!  We are an active and committed group of public health social work professionals.  Our section has monthly meetings (via conference calls) throughout the year to discuss topics relevant to our profession, Public Health and to plan educational sessions offered at the annual NCPHA Fall Educational Conference. We conduct one face to face business meeting at NCPHA’s Fall Educational Conference each year.  Additionally, we actively raise funds for our section through various fundraising activities to benefit our Michael Clements Student Scholarship fund. We recruit and select one BSW or MSW student to apply for our Michael Clements Student Scholarship to attend the annual NCPHA Fall Educational Conference and to join our section. There are many ways to get involved and benefit from membership in our section.  We welcome your energy and your ideas.  Please see the information below on how to join and get involved.  Your participation is essential for preserving the profession of public health social work in NC and for helping the residents in our state live happy and healthy lives. Individuals that should consider joining the Social Work Section include past, present and future public health social workers.



 March is National Social Work Month! 


March is national Social Work Month and the North Carolina Continuing Education, Training and Advisory Committee (CETAC) uses this occasion to thank public health social workers for their dedication and service to the residents of the state.  We encourage you to plan awareness and celebration events at your local agency to help promote the profession of public health social work and the difference  the profession makes.  Attached are several materials that will assist with your efforts, including: 


  1. Adobe and JPG versions of the national theme, “Elevate Social Work”.
  2. A certificate that can be used to honor the social workers in your agency.
  3. The 2019 social work month theme rationale.
  4. A 2019 Social Work Month Proclamation.
  5. An invitation to join the North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA) and Social Work Section.
  6. A document entitled “Staying Connected” which outlines how to sign up for the NC Public Health Social Work listserve, how to join membership organizations like NCPHA and NASW, advocacy listserves you can subscribe to in order to keep up with legislation impacting public health and social work and ways to connect with other public health social workers on social media. 

On behalf of CETAC, we hope you will use the information above to take time in March to celebrate Public Health Social Work and to celebrate YOU!  Thanks for all you do every day to help others in so many ways.  Your contributions are significant and appreciated! 

Kelly Spangler, LCSW, MSW, MPA


How to Join

Interested persons should join using the "Join Now". Please remember to check "Social Work Section".

Goal for Social Work Section

The goals of the Social Work Section are to plan and coordinate educational offerings on topics of public health social work interest for the Fall Educational Conference meeting; to advocate for public policy that benefits public health  clients and promotes the profession of public health social work; and to provide opportunities for professional networking among public health social workers.

For a complete list of the section's leadership - including monthly call-in meeting dates, click here.

Subcommittee Information

The section is led by an Executive Committee. There are a number of opportunities for participation in one of the sub-committees including Awards, Nominations, Marketing and Development (fundraising), By-Laws and Procedures, Legislative, as well as other activities. We are interested in hearing your ideas regarding potential Section activities and the issues you are concerned about. Please let your voice be heard!

Click here for the 2018 Social Work Section By-Laws

Important Links

Join the statewide Public Health Social Work listserv to learn more about Public Health Social Work in North Carolina and other ways to get involved.  Go to
For more information on the Social Work Code of Ethics and to download the Code of Ethics form, go here.  

Michael L. Clements Scholarship

This scholarship is given annually at the Fall Educational Conference.  Click here for the nomination form and more information.

Social Work Awards

North Carolina Public Health Association’s SW Section is pleased to present two awards each year OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS AWARD is restricted to current NCPHA SW Section members who have made outstanding achievements in the field of Social Work in Public Health. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIAL WORK IN PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD is for a person who is not a member of NCPHA Social Work Section. This person must have made significant efforts to advance the cause of Public Health Social Work.  These awards are presented during the section’s annual business meeting and awards luncheon held during the NCPHA Fall Education Conference. For more information about past recipients and for nomination forms, please Go here for more information.


Past Webinars:

Creating and Implementing a Personal Development Strategy to Achieve
Greater Personal and Professional Satisfaction

Dorothy Cilenti DrPH, MPH, MSW, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of
Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Recording of Part I of webinar series:

PPT presentation of Part I - Creating and Implementing a Personal Development Strategy to Achieve Greater Personal and Professional Satisfaction

PPT presentation of Part II

These two one-hour town call/webinars informed participants of the steps needed to create an
individualized plan with strategic steps they can take to achieve greater personal and
professional satisfaction. Potential barriers to implementing a development strategy were
discussed and solutions offered.



Social Work Section Leadership for 2019-2020

Kelsey Milam

LaSonya Tuttle

Tia Foula

Tonya Chesney

Fall Educational Conference Planning Committee Representative:
LaSonya Tuttle

Advocacy Committee:
Yolanda Massey

Public Awareness Committee Representative:
Kelsey Milam


                                                 Student Scholarship Recipient Patience Bowera (on right)

                                                   Below:  Chair of CETAC, Dolly Clayton (on left)





    Social Work Executive Committee (Left to right - Brandy Chrismon, LaSonya Tuttle,                Yolanda Massey, Kelsey Milam, Tonya Chesney and Tia Foula)

                                               Chairperson NCPHA Social Work Section Yolanda Massey 
                                                         (on right), SW Section Chair


Past Chair:
Yolanda Massey


Award Winners from the 2019 FEC:

Outstanding Contributions to Public Health Social Work:
Kim Herring

Outstanding Achievements in Public Health Social Work, Advocay:
Kelly Spangler

The Michael Clements Scholarship Winner:
Patience Bowera, Junior at Johnson C. Smith University

Recognition for Chair of CETAC:
Dolly Clayton

Chairperson NCPHA Social Work Section:
Yolanda Massey