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See below to stay up to date on what we are doing to strengthen public health practice and promote sound public health policy.

  • 09 Mar 2023 1:30 PM | Morgan Drexler (Administrator)

    VPHA's 2023 Annual Conference will be September 21-22 at Reynolds Community College, Parham Road Campus in Richmond, VA. Mark your calendars now and join your public health peers this fall! 

    Stay tuned for more information and registration details.

  • 08 Mar 2023 10:30 AM | Morgan Drexler (Administrator)

    The de Beaumont Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 40 Under 40 in Public Health Class of 2023, a program that aims to recognize and support 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are working on public health challenges of today and tomorrow to progress towards healthier communities. Through this recognition and a two-year professional development program, honorees receive exclusive opportunities for personal enrichment and career advancement.

    Consider nominating yourself or someone else for this opportunity. Applications will be accepted through May 17, and the Class of 2023 will be announced in September. Learn more here

  • 03 Mar 2023 12:50 PM | Morgan Drexler (Administrator)

    Job title: Assistant Professor of Health Sciences- Public Health

    Description: The Department of Public Health and Healthcare Leadership (PHHL) in the Waldron College of Health and Human Services at Radford University Carilion (RUC) invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2023. This faculty position is part of a vibrant, growing department within an interprofessional health sciences learning site of Radford University. RUC is located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia on the campus of Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital in the city’s Innovation Corridor. RUC is devoted to offering a rigorous real-world learning experience to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in the health sciences.The PHHL department offers three undergraduate programs (B.S. in Healthcare Administration, B.S. in Health Sciences, and B.S. in Public Health) and three graduate programs (Master of Healthcare Administration, M.S. in Health Sciences, and Doctor of Health Sciences). PHHL programs are offered in a variety of formats, including 100% online

    More information can be found on Radford University's website.

  • 13 Feb 2023 4:47 PM | Morgan Drexler (Administrator)

    The Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center is offering a free support group for the public health workforce, Take a Break. The support group offers: monthly virtual meetings; space to share experiences, concerns, ideas, and successes; opportunities to improve emotional health and well-being; find understanding and empathy; and make new connections. The next session will be March 10 from noon – 1pm ET. Check-out Mid-Atlantic’s website for more information.

  • 08 Feb 2023 3:55 PM | Morgan Drexler (Administrator)

    VPHA is thrilled to welcome eight new members to our Board of Directors! These public health champions bring a wealth of skills and experience that will help grow the association's membership and impact. Please welcome:

    Gilbert Gimm, PhD, MBA
    Associate Professor
    George Mason University

    Katrina Forrest, JD
    Co-Executive Director

    Maurice Johnson, Jr., MPH
    Social Scientist
    Food and Drug Administration

    Melissa Meadows, MPH, MAT
    Vice President of Education
    The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood

    Natalie Pennywell, MPH, CHES
    Outreach & Community Engagement Manager
    Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

    Sue Ann Sarpy, PhD, MS
    Principal & Founder
    Sarpy and Associates, LLC

    Syril Pettit, DrPH, MEM
    Executive Director
    Health and Environmental Sciences Institute

    Vanessa Walker Harris, MD
    Office of Family Health Services, Virginia Department of Health

  • 22 Dec 2022 1:53 PM | Morgan Drexler (Administrator)

    Apply now for a summer internship with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Join VDH and help protect and promote the health of Virginians this summer. 

    • $18.25/Hour
    • 10-Week Program
    • Full-Time & In-Person
    • 1:1 Mentorship
    • All Majors Welcome

    Apply on VDH's website.

  • 15 Nov 2022 4:08 PM | Morgan Drexler (Administrator)

    The Virginia Public Health Association is thrilled to announce the launch of its Mentorship Program. 

    Virginia Public Health Association’s Mentorship Program is an opportunity for VPHA members to connect and grow professionally through skill attainment, knowledge building, and networking while enhancing the overall public health workforce in Virginia.

    Mentors and mentees will be matched on common interests. Mentor and mentee pairs are expected to connect once a month. Additional webinars and activities focused on networking and professional development will be offered during the program for all members of the cohort to network with each other. The estimated time requirement for both mentors and mentees is 1-2 hours per month.

    Applications are now open for mentors and mentees to enroll in our inaugural cohort.

    Requirements for mentees: Mentees are required to be pursuing a degree in the field of public health or a related field or have entered the field of public health in the past two years. Mentees must also be a current VPHA member or plan to become a member by the start of the program in January 2023.

    Requirements for mentors: No previous mentorship experience is required.  Mentors must be a current VPHA member or plan to be a member of VPHA by the start of the program in January 2023. Mentors must also have at least 5 years of experience in the field of public health.

    To apply follow the links below. Applications are due by December 12, 2022.

    Application for Mentor

    Application for Mentee

    Contact Nicole Holt for more information

  • 03 Oct 2022 1:31 PM | Morgan Drexler (Administrator)

    The Virginia Public Health Association (VPHA) is seeking candidates to serve on its Board of Directors with the aim of building a robust Board that grows the association's impact and represents Virginia's racial, ethnic, geographic, and professional diversity. We are especially in need of individuals with event planning, grant writing, legal, and human resources expertise. We are also in need of an individual with finance and accounting expertise willing to serve as the Association's Treasurer.

    VPHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of all Virginians. Founded in 1950, VPHA's mission is to strengthen public health practice, foster health equity, and promote sound public health policy. It is a proud affiliate of the American Public Health Association.

    If you are interested in serving on the Board, please complete this application. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 21, 2022. New Board of Director terms will begin on January 1, 2023. Please don't hesitate to contact Ben Barber at should you have any questions.

  • 29 Jul 2022 10:55 AM | Morgan Drexler (Administrator)

    Virginia's new biennial budget went into effect on July 1, 2022. The budget includes significant public health investments, which is something to celebrate. However, these investments are largely funded by one-time federal COVID-19 relief dollars. Virginia policymakers must sustain these investments with state dollars.

    Our issue brief, "Key Public Health Takeaways from Virginia's New Budget," analyzes the Virginia Department of Health's portion of the Fiscal Year 2023 - 2024 budget. Future issue briefs will analyze other agencies whose work influences Virginia's public health.

    Read the brief here.

  • 08 Jul 2022 1:24 PM | Morgan Drexler (Administrator)

    APHA recently hosted their Policy Action Institute. On June 14, over 700 public health professionals, students and advocacy experts gathered in Washington, D.C. and online to hear from influential leaders, discuss the latest topics in Public Health and learn from one another during designated networking and interaction times. If you would like to view any of the recordings from the event you can purchase them on APHA's website

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