Welcome to the New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA - pronounced "NISFA") - we are a strong and growing network of health professionals and advocates dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers. The background of our membership is diverse and represents a broad spectrum of health practitioners with positions or experience in health education, wellness, healthcare, health programming, academia (including students studying a health field), and research. We also take special pride to be a voice and a home for staff working at the state or local level in New York's public health departments. All are welcome, valued, and needed to achieve our mission.
I invite you to look around our website where we showcase our accomplishments, milestones, legislative updates, upcoming events and professional development opportunities. Explore the possibility of joining our organization as an individual member or consider having your organization join as an institutional member. More members and more involvement will not only provide more educational and networking opportunities but will strengthen NYSPHA's ability to advocate for public health-related jobs in the state.
Lastly, I encourage you to connect with us on our social media platforms - 'like' our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates, NYSPHA news and additional information pertaining to public health. Remember, this is your Association. Always feel free to contact us if you have any questions or input to make NYSPHA a more effective organization that works for you. Thank you for your interest in the New York State Public Health Association!
Check out our member in the spotlight! Each quarter we recognize one of our members for outstanding contributions in the field, talents and skills -click here to meet our current member in the spotlight!
2015 Annual Meeting - Click here for some highlights from NYSPHA's 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference, including our Keynote presenter, photos, and our 2015 public health award recipients.
(Upcoming webinar) "Decoding the Acronyms: Understanding What They are, and How They Fit into Public Health" - late summer 2015, date TBA Click here for more information
March of Dimes 2015 Prematurity Prevention Conference: November 17-18, 2015 - Crystal Gateway Marriot, Arlington, VA - Click here for more information and to register
Save the date: April 21-22, 2016 - NYSPHA's 66th Annual Meeting & Conference at the Otesaga Resort, Cooperstown, NY
Public Health News
New Law Bans Smoking Near After-School Programs
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law to ban smoking near after-school programs to help protect children from second-hand smoke around public and private schools...more here.
The City of Plattsburgh Unveils New Bio-Retention Basin
In an effort to ensure that clean water makes its way to Lake Champlain, the City of Plattsburgh has unveiled a new bio-retention basin, the product of a $200,000 grant from the Lake Champlain basin program....more here.
Unanimous Vote by Erie County Lawmakers to Ban Microbeads
Environmental activists and legislators say that tons of microbeads - commonly found in hand soaps - pass through the sewer systems, end up in large bodies of water across New York, and ultimately pose health and environmental risks. This is why on Thursday, July 30, the Erie County Legislature approved a bill that bans the sale of products containing microbeads...click here to read more.
Public Health Highlights in New York State Budget
With the final adoption of the 2015-2016 New York State budget, we are pleased to announce that consolidation of public health funding has been rejected, and many public health programs have received level funding in lieu of the original proposed consolidation and 15% cut. NYSPHA extends a thanks to its members, supporters, community allies and partners for a hard-fought win - click here for some highlights on public health funding in the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget.
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.
New York State Public Health Association
PO BOX 38127
Albany, NY 12203