Social Work Members at the 2023 Fall Educational Conference


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.


How to Get Involved


1.  Join NCPHA by clicking here "Social Work Section" as you register. 

2.  Follow us on Social Media:



3.  Attend monthly meetings:  Upon joining you will receive an email about the next meeting.  

4.  Join a subcommittee:  There are a number of opportunities for participation in one including - Awards, Nominations, Marketing and Development., 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!


 2023 Fall Educational Conference Presentations:

Wellness and Self-Care, Finding Your Oxygen Mask


Important Links

Click here to access section minutes, historical documents, by-laws, and more.  

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 Section Leadership for 2023-2024

Yolanda Massey-McCullough

James Rogers

Ozella Maynard

Tonya Chesney

Fall Educational Conference Planning Committee Representative:
James Rogers

Advocacy Committee:
Yolanda Massey-McCullough

Public Awareness Committee Representative:
Yolanda Massey-McCullough

Past Chair:
Tia Foula


Award Winners from the 2023 FEC:

Kelly Spangler Social Work Bulldog Advocacy Award for Outstanding work in the field of Social Work:
Annie Thomas, MSW, LCSW
Adolescent Parenting Program Coordinator
Cumberland County Department of Public Health

Outstanding Contributions to Public Health Social Work:
Taurus Tyson, BSW
Care Manager (CMHRP)
Cumberland County Department of Public Health

Outstanding Achievements in Public Health Social Work (Non-NCPHA Member):
Laveta Long, MSW, LCSW
Care Management Specialist (CMARC)
Forsyth County Department of Public Health

Michael Clements Annual Education Conference Scholarship Recipient:
JaNiya McDougald, Senior BSW Student at Fayetteville State University


Social Work Section Chair:
Tia Foula, BSW, MPA
Regional Director
Children’s Developmental Services Agency


CETAC Chair:

Brandy Chrismon, MSW, CCM
Regional Social Work Consultant