Virginia Public Health Association
What We Do
VPHA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that improves the public’s health in Virginia by strengthening public health practice, fostering health equity, and promoting sound public health policy.
VPHA's vision is for Virginia to be the healthiest state in the nation.
VPHA was founded in 1950 and is a state affiliate of the American Public Health Association. For decades, VPHA championed strong public health practice and policies in close partnership with the Virginia Department of Health. More recently, VPHA has partnered with public health programs across the Commonwealth to prepare a new generation of public health professionals and advocates.
VPHA fulfills its mission through public health research, rigorous policy analysis, and robust advocacy. We also partner with organizations and institutions that share our values to advance public health priorities. Finally, our members are public health professionals, researchers, and advocates who put our work into practice. They are central to our work.
VPHA has a tremendous impact on public health in the Commonwealth. In 2022 VPHA achieved important policy victories, added equity as central to our mission, modernized our bylaws, recruited amazing public health champions to the Board, and brought members together through many different channels. Read all about VPHA's impact in the 2022 Impact Report.