A Message from the President:

Welcome to our website, and thank you for your interest in the New York State Public Health Association!

Allow me to introduce myself - I'm Susan Franko, Public Health Director for Hamilton County, and as of May 1st newly elected President of NYSPHA.  I've served on NYSPHA's Board of Directors for nearly two years, and I couldn't be more excited and ready for the challenge to help lead this association through its continued growth.

We're just back from our 67th Annual Meeting & Conference in beautiful Lake Placid - click here to check out some photos that recap our 2-day event.

We do have a lineup of educational webinars on a variety of topics throughout the rest of the year, our 2017 "Best Practices and Innovations" webinar series, so I'll encourage you to bookmark our events page to review those and additional events that may be posted in 2017.

Lastly, if you're not yet a member of NYSPHA, please do consider joining us.  Explore the opportunity of joining public health professionals and advocates from across New York State as we band together in this most transformative time to strengthen our field.

To your good health,

Susan M. Franko, PhD, RRT

NYSPHA President



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Highlights from NYSPHA's 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference at the 

High Peaks Resort - Lake Placid, NY 

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Health and wellness events in Kingston, NY:  Live Well Kingston Events

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Public Health News 

Bill to Add E-Cigarettes to New York State's Clean Indoor Air Act Passed by Legislature

On Monday, June 19th the legislature passed a bill that would add e-cigarettes to New York State's Clean Indoor Air Law.  If signed by Governor Cuomo, e-cigarette use would be banned in the workplace, on buses and subways, in outdoor areas where smoking is otherwise banned, and other areas - click here for more.


NEW Policy Recommendations to Address E-Cigarette Use Throughout New York State

June 8th - NYSPHA has just released a comprehensive new report, Policy Recommendations to Address the Problem of Electronic Nicotine Delivery

 Systems (ENDS) in New York State.  This Report identifies Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), otherwise known as electronic cigarettes and similar products (whether they contain nicotine or not) as a serious public health problem that must be countered with comprehensive policy measures.

  The top 5 recommendations by public health experts are:

1. Include all tobacco and ENDS products in the New York Clean Indoor Air Act.

2. Increase the legal age for purchases of all tobacco products, including ENDS, to 21.

3. Increase the tax rate on ENDS and E-liquids and bring ENDS taxes into parity with other tobacco products.

4. Invest in public health education about ENDS products.

5. Maximize education, support, and access for FDA approved cessation strategies for consumers and health care practitioners.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of this new report.

APHA Launches National Public Health Week 2017

APHA is excited to announce the launch of National Public Health Week 2017! This year’s campaign will take place April 3-9, 2017 and is themed “Healthiest Nation 2030.” Visit the website to view this year’s brochure and sign up for updates. And be sure to follow APHA on Twitter for the latest news. As part of this year’s campaign, APHA will once again be leading a challenge to encourage communities to get physically active. APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge launched on Jan. 9 and is a great way to improve your health while having fun!  This year you can create your own team. Join APHA in celebrating public health as we work to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation!

American Planning Association (APA) awards Planners4Health Grants- NYSPHA a partner 

APA is happy to announce the Planners4Health awards. Please view the press release here:  https://www.planning.org/blog/blogpost/9119043/

The program builds upon Plan4Health, which NYSPHA was a partner on with APA-NY Metro for the Live Well Kingston Coalition, by providing $1.5 million in funding to 28 APA chapters to continue to create stronger, healthier communities. The initiative will focus on greater coordination between planners and public health professionals at the state level. APA-NY Metro ws awarded this second round of funding and NYSPHA is pleased to be serving on their steering committee. Visit the Planners4Health page to learn more.

NYSPHA Supports Tobacco 21

In recent weeks NYSPHA has received media coverage in support of the Tobacco 21 legislation in Albany County.  Albany County residents are strongly encouraged to contact County Executive McCoy by or before June 9th asking him to support this measure to protect young people from tobacco.

NYSPHA Outlines 2015-2016 Policy Update

Click here to review an outline of NYSPHA's policy and legislative priority areas in 2015 and 2016.  NYSPHA's Annual Day of Action at the Capitol has been announced - click here for additional information about participating in our 2016 Day at the Capitol.

NYSPHA Member Recognized on National Rural Health Day

November 19th, 2015 marked the National Office of State Offices of Rural Health 5th Annual National Rural Health Day.  Among many of her esteemed colleagues, NYSPHA member and Community Wellness Specialist  at Alice Hyde Medical Center Josy Delaney was designated as one of this year's Rural Health Champions.  Nominator Erin Streiff of the Franklin County Public Health Department stated, "Josy's most significant contribution, above and beyond improving the health of the community through evidence-based interventions, has been her beautiful attitude, enthusiasm, and knack for generating cohesion and getting her fellow Public Health Professionals 'fired up' to make positive changes."


The New York State Public Health Association is an affiliated association of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Since 1918, we have collaborated with APHA to grow stronger as organizations, to share expertise, influence, and resources, and to advocate for common priorities at the local, state, and federal levels.

APHA is the national voice of public health and champions the health of all people and all communities. They strengthen the profession of public health; share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. APHA is the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health and a member community from all public health disciplines and over 40 countries.

APHA publishes the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation’s Health, convenes an Annual Meeting and Exposition where thousands of participants share the latest public health research and leads public awareness campaigns such as Get Ready and National Public Health Week. Learn more at www.apha.org.




New York State Public Health Association

PO BOX 38127

Albany, NY   12203 

Tel:  518.427.5835

Email: info@nyspha.org


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