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  • 26 Oct 2016 5:13 PM | Anonymous

    After serving one year as Chair-Elect, Brian Martin, VAPHA's Board Secretary becomes Chair of APHA’s Health Administration Section. HIs term commences at the APHA business meeting on 10/27/16 at the 2016 annual APHA conference.

  • 11 Oct 2016 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    George Mason offers a 100% online Master of Public Health degree concentration in Public Health Practice.This accredited degree program is designed for individuals interested in advancing their skills and careers in the community and public health space while continuing to work in their current positions. Courses are taught by full-time faculty members and carefully selected adjunct faculty with highly specialized expertise and experience in their field, no graduate teaching assistants.  Class sizes are small and each course is designed to facilitate student –to– student collaboration and faculty interaction.  The program offers a competitively priced tuition making our program an affordable alternative to many of the programs offered at other schools of public health. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2017, the inaugural class!  The application can be found at, and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

    Please feel free to contact Dr. Robert Weiler, Professor and Chair (, or MPH Program Coordinator, Kelly Beckwith ( if you have questions about this new online MPH program.

  • 01 Sep 2016 10:04 PM | Anonymous

    Upcoming 2016 Public Health Law Conference in Washington D.C. September 15-17. 

    This year’s conference will focus on strategies for achieving health equity and is designed for both legal and non-legal public health professionals.  We’ll hear from some of public health’s leading experts on effective legal and policy efforts that cut across sectors and levels of government. 

    The conference also features more than 40 sessions focusing on some of today’s most critical public health topics including drug overdose prevention, Zika virus preparedness, mental health care, food policy, safe housing, health data sharing, and health disparities.

    This is a great opportunity for VAPHA members to obtain some important and valuable insights into how law can empower their public health initiatives.

  • 06 Aug 2016 9:00 AM | Michael Royster

    Tuesday, August 9, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT
    Camara P. Jones, MD, PhD, MPH, APHA President

    The APHA Presidential Initiative: A National Campaign Against Racism aims to identify all areas in which racism exists and operates, and, to make swift and practical steps towards health equity through its elimination.  The goals are to:

    •       Put racism on the agenda;

    •       Ask “How is racism operating here?”; and

    •       Organize and strategize to act.

    The cornerstone of the initiative is the creation of an Anti-Racism Collaborative, which will be hosted through APHA Connect and run by APHA members/volunteers. The Collaborative aims to facilitate conversation, education, research and intervention on racism. Join APHA President, Dr. Camara Jones, as she provides background on the initiative, discusses efforts to date and provide more detail about the Anti-Racism Collaborative.

    Please RSVPfor the webinar! Log-in information will be sent prior to the webinar

  • 17 Feb 2016 5:09 PM | Michael Royster

    Call for proposals- deadline to submit is March 1

    The apex of a great conference is great information, and #APAVA16 looks to stand tall with new session formats and themes for the conference program. Last year, conference attendee’s gave great feedback on what sessions they wanted more of, and for 2016 we want the sessions to reflect the needs of planners in Virginia. Here’s a sample of what you want to see: rural transportation, farm-to-table, broadband and communications; proffers/impact fees, urban design, form based code, skill-building and practical application of planning principles.

    Ø Building resilient and strong communities through: innovation, integration and evaluation. Think how and why we plan? Let’s push the limit of the great planning.

    Ø The “unconference” experience; enhanced participation by design, lead a dialogue on an interesting topic or idea or share your insight.

    Ø The conference blog has even more information for developing a session idea. Submit your idea’s by March 1.

    Click here submit your session abstract

  • 11 Dec 2015 7:20 PM | Anonymous

    The VAPHA membership's top recommendations were to keep the website updated, enhance communication, increase membership, and serve member needs.

    The results can be viewed below.

    VAPHA survey summary report FINAL.pdf

    PPT Slides (COMPLETE) - 2015 Member and Contact Survey.pdf

  • 06 Oct 2015 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    VAPHA's Board now has representation from Virginia's major university public health programs.

  • 28 Sep 2015 7:36 PM | Anonymous

    Come experience APHA's annual conference in Chicago, Oct. 31 - Nov. 4. 

    APHA's Annual Meeting & Exposition is where public health professionals convene, learn, network and engage with peers. At the Annual Meeting, the public health community shares the latest research and information, promotes best practices and advocates for public health issues and policies grounded in research. 

    Register at

  • 20 Jun 2015 3:27 PM | Michael Royster

    The VAPHA Board is interested in hearing from current, former, and potential members about how the Association can serve you better.  Your responses will be utilized by the Board to help define our direction and priorities. Please take time by Friday, July 3rd to respond using the link below.


    Mike Royster, MD, MPH, FACPM

    President, Virginia Public Health Association

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