The New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA) invites you to apply for a position on our Board of Directors for a three-year term. We are seeking a diverse group of candidates who represent the state geographically, work in a variety of public health or related disciplines, are at various points in their careers, and represent the demographics of New York State. Our intent is to include voices from a variety of communities, state and local level organizations, and public health interests.

Our mission is “to promote and protect the public’s health in New York State through professional development, networking, advocacy, and education.” Specifically, we advocate for policies at the national, state, and regional levels that support equity in health status and an end to health disparities for all New Yorkers. To increase our impact, over the past few years we have expanded our public health partnerships throughout the state. We now actively collaborate with the New York State Association of County Health Officials, the New York State Association for Rural Health, the National Environmental Health Association, the Western New York Public Health Alliance, and, most recently, we merged with the Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC) to increase awareness and advocate for requisite budgetary and policy initiatives to benefit all New Yorkers. Our Policy and Advocacy committee promotes and advances our legislative agenda each year. Please click here to learn more.

Our board members specialize in a wide array of public health fields, though specific consideration will be given to candidates with professional experience in fund development, legal affairs, marketing and communication, and financial management to help us continue to grow and increase our state-wide impact. You are still welcomed to apply if you do not have any of these specific expertise.

Board membership affords the opportunity to expand your network and lend your voice to advocate for public health. The Board of Directors holds monthly virtual meetings and in-person meetings twice a year, though in-person meetings are temporarily on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Board members report their monthly commitment to be around eight to ten hours per month – of course you are always welcomed to be more active.  More information on Board Member Roles and Responsibilities is included at the end of this document.

To help ensure that NYSPHA’s Board of Directors is comprised of individuals with as much diverse professional expertise/experience and geographical representation as possible, we will review all submissions and use an interview process to nominate a slate of candidates that best meets the current needs of the organization.  Members will vote among this slate of candidates online April 28-30.  Therefore, depending on current board composition needs, it is possible that not all applicants will have their submission forwarded for NYSPHA member voting. If your application is not advanced this year, we encourage you to apply again.

Candidates selected for the final vote are expected to participate in the virtual Public Health Partnership Conference April 28-30, 2021 and in a virtual meet-and-greet on April 27, 2021.  Applicants will be contacted by March 15, and interviews will be scheduled March 16-26. All candidates on the final slate for voting must be NYSPHA members in good standing. Please click here to become a member.

We will be hosting two information sessions via Zoom for you to meet current board members who can answer your questions:

  •      Wednesday, January 27 at 5:30pm – Click here to register
  •      Wednesday, February 3, at 5:00pm – Click here to register

To apply, please submit your resume or CV and a cover letter describing your qualifications, your interest in seeking a board position, and how you plan to contribute to advance our mission to Brett Harris at no later than February 19, 2021.  Any application missing one of these pieces will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

If you do not feel you are in a position to run for our board of directors but want to get involved with NYSPHA, we are also seeking members for our committees. We have active committees in Policy and Advocacy, Membership and Communications, Board and Staff Development, Event Planning and Education, and Fund Development.  Please click here for more information.

For questions about the board application process or if interested in joining any of our committees, please contact Brett Harris at

We hope you will join other thought leaders and translate your passion and skills into shaping public health and providing a voice to promote health equity for all New Yorkers!


Denise Tahara, PhD

Vice President and President elect, NYSPHA

Additional Information

Board Member Roles and Responsibilities

·         Participate on at least one committee and participate in at least 75% of Board and committee meetings. Committee calls are typically once a month. Board meetings are virtual, scheduled monthly for 1 hour, in addition to 2 in-person meetings per year, though all meetings are currently virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

·         Attend the NYSPHA Annual Meeting

·         Participate in at least one of NYSPHA’s committees (Policy and Advocacy, Membership and Communications, Board and Staff Development, Event Planning and Education, Fund Development).  Participation in more than one committee is strongly encouraged.

·         Review the affairs of NYSPHA on a continuing basis to ensure that its operations and programs are effective by advancing knowledge in the field and responding to the interests of the membership.

·         Formulate the policies of the Association.

·         Review the annual budget proposed by the Treasurer; adopt, as revised, by the start of the fiscal year. 

·         Determine the recipients of the public health awards to be presented at the Annual Meeting.

·         Make a financial donation annually.

·         Be a NYSPHA member in good standing.

Time commitments of Board Members are estimated at approximately 8 to 10 hours per month with officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) and Committee Chairs usually contributing more time.   

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