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.
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Parks in the City of Albany are now Tobacco-Free
It's official -- anyone who visits, lives, works, or plays in the City of Albany can now enjoy time outdoors in City parks without having to worry about secondhand smoke exposure.
Spread the word! To help educate residents about the new tobacco-free parks policy, please use your public health social media efforts to share this groundbreaking news! Read more here -
Help mobilize resources to bring this legislation to your community. Contact NYSPHA's Policy & Advocacy Committee - we support communities throughout New York State to protect and promote health for all New Yorkers!
Public Health News
Public Health Fellowship in Government - Call for Applications
The American Public Health Association announces their eighth annual call for applications for the 2015-2016 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government. The fellowship will begin in September of 2015 and the winning applicant will spend one year in Washington D.C. working in a congressional office on legislative and policy issues related to health, the environment, and other public health concerns. Click here for additional information and candidate requirements.
New Surgeon General of the United States: Dr. Vivek Murthy
On Monday, December 15th Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the Senate as our nation's new Surgeon General. An innovative leader with a strong commitment to public health, Dr. Murthy will bring health advocacy to the forefront as our nation's top doctor. At NYSPHA we join the APHA in applauding members of the U.S. Senate for voting Dr. Murthy into the position of our 19th U.S. Surgeon General, and we look forward to his leadership in protecting and promoting our nation's health. Click here to read more about Dr. Vivek Murthy and his impressive professional accomplishments and background.
Fracking to be Banned in New York State
On Wednesday, December 17th the State Department of Environmental Conservation said that it will issue a legally-binding statement in early 2015 to ban fracking in New York State. In a presentation delivered by acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, he recommended that high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) should not move forward in New York on account of the potential for serious health risks to public health. At NYSPHA we praise New York State for a prudent decision and fully support a ban on fracking unless and until the evidence is clear that it does not put community health and water aquifers at risk.
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