Social Work Section

Welcome to the Social Work Section of the North Carolina Association of Public Health!  We are an active and committed group of public health social work professionals.  We invite you to join our section and to get involved.  Throughout the year our members are involved in planning the educational sessions to be offered at the annual NCPHA Fall Educational Conference, as well as, our business meeting which is held in conjunction with the conference.  We also recruit and select a BSW and/or MSW student to apply for our Michael Clements Student Scholarship to attend the annual NCPHA Fall Educational Conference and to join our section.  Additionally, we actively raise funds for our section through our annual 50/50 raffle and other fundraising activities.  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 was National Social Work Month! - to learn more, go to this link.

How to Join

Interested persons should join using the "Join Now" button on the website. 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.

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 2013 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

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

It is that time of year again to nominate deserving individuals for the North Carolina Public Health Association SW Section awards.  These awards  will be presented on September 28th during the annual business meeting and awards luncheon held during the NCPHA Fall Education Conference September 27-29th in Asheville.  Go here for more information.

Recent 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 2017-2018

Brandy Chrismon

Yolanda Massey

Tia Foula

Kelly Spangler

Fall Educational Conference Planning Committee Representative:
Yolanda Massey

Michael Clements Award Winner Michelle Presnell
 Outstanding Achievments In Public Health Social Work
 Winner Torrie Furr

 Chairperson NCPHA Social Work Section Brandy
 Chrismon (on left), SW Section Chair


Past Chair:
Dolly Clayton

Social Work Executive and Subcommittee Members
and Meeting Dates for 2017


Award Winners from the 2017 FEC:

Outstanding Contributions to Public Health Social Work:
Sydney P. Atkinson, MSSW, BA

Outstanding Achievements in Public Health Social Work:
Torrie Furr, BA

The Michael Clements Scholarship Winner:
Michelle Presnell

Chairperson NCPHA Social Work Section:
Brandy Chrismon, MSW, CCM