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!  


"Social Work Month in March is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work.

The theme for Social Work Month 2020 is Social Workers: Generations Strong.

The theme has various meanings. As we enter a new decade it is important to look back and honor the powerful, positive impact the social work profession has had on our society for generations.

We also want to spotlight the life-affirming work that social workers from all generations — from the Greatest Generation to the Z Generation — are doing. And since NASW is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2020, Social Work Month is a great opportunity to remind social workers of the important work NASW has been doing for decades and the need to join." 

We encourage you to visit: for promotional materials to share amongst colleagues and 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!


How to Join

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

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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.

All meetings will be held via conference call on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm.  Please call 712-775-7300 passcode 234214# to join.  

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!


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.  
Click here for the 2018 Social Work Section By-Laws

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.


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

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)






                                               Chairperson NCPHA Social Work Section Yolanda Massey 
                                                         (on right)


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, Advocacy:
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