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public health association 

Who we are

The District of Columbia Public Health Association (DCPHA) is dedicated to protecting personal, public, and environmental health in the Metropolitan Washington area.

The Association is committed to:

  • Protecting and promoting personal, public and environmental health.

  • Studying and attempt to resolve health problems.
  • Meeting and sharing knowledge and experience in order to achieve the organization’s goal.
  • Providing leadership in public health by initiating and supporting voluntary and governmental action to meet health needs or to remedy health problems.
  • Promoting continuing educational opportunities for public health and allied workers to help them acquire new or broader knowledge and develop skills to provide more effective health services.

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The District of Columbia Public Health Association is currently seeking nominations for all positions on a rolling basis. All members and non-members may apply.*


Vice President

The Vice President (VP) serves as the key leadership collaborator to support the overall mission, vision, and sustainability of DCPHA. They communicate with the Subcommittee chairs and the Center for Social Impact & Leadership on an ongoing basis to ensure smooth operation and cultivation of fresh ideas that generate member benefits, revenue, and DCPHA nationwide recognition. The VP acts as the president/chair in their absence; assists the president/chair on the above or other specified duties. They will oversee and lead special areas of responsibility, such as membership, annual event(s), or operations. The VP works closely with the president to draft and submit any annual reports or documentation needed for organization compliance. As the key leadership role, VP’s role is to ensure strategic thinking is integrated throughout the organizational operations and through this commitment, they can support DCPHA’s long-term goals as established by the strategic plan and direction. 


The Treasurer will keep the GC apprised of key financial events, trends, and concerns, and assessments of the organization’s fiscal health. The Treasurer is also responsible for completing and ensuring the completion of required financial reporting forms in a timely manner and making these forms available for the GC’s review and are submitted to appropriate regulatory and affiliated entities in a timely and proactive fashion.  


The secretary of the organization is an active conduit for communication between the board, management, and members, by giving proper notice of any meetings and timely distribution of materials such as agendas and meeting minutes. In a nutshell, the Secretary plays a crucial leadership role by ensuring that all events are documented for legal compliance as well as posterity chronicles. This leadership role requires meticulous attention to detail, flexibility, a proactive attitude toward operational efficiency, organizational skills needed for documentation leadership,  and communication abilities that can facilitate smooth operations in a timely fashion in collaboration with the rest of the DCPHA leadership.

Affiliate Representative to APHA

Affiliate Representative to the American Public Health Association is a member of the DCPHA GC and is elected by the GC, to represent DCPHA on the APHA GC. The affiliate representative to the GC (ARGC) maintains communication between APHA and DCPHA and sister affiliates. This crucial leadership role ensures an active communication and cross-fertilization of ideas across affiliates, especially regionally, and the APHA, in addition to representing DCPHA positions on APHA GC.  The ARGC is also responsible for paying her/his expenses to attend and participate in the APHA annual meeting.

*Nonmembers will be required to join the organization prior to being seated on the governing council. 

**Descriptions subject to change

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Member benefits

Connection: You will be connected to a larger group banded together to produce positive results for public health in our region.

Conferences: Conferences can provide quality education and networking for public health professionals, and you will receive a significant discount as a member. You will be able to contribute to the content, help plan the Conference or attend to enhance your professional development.

Public Policy/Advocacy: We plan to offer strong advocacy programs centered on assuring that public health voices are being heard. You can keep track of public health issues under consideration by the State Legislature. In the future we want to arrange Public Health contracts with a lobbyist to advocate for priority public health issues.

Free Informational Sessions: The association keeps members in touch with each other and current issues through the association’s web site and email updates of emerging issues relevant to public health. Stay informed about public health in your region and in a way that saves you time.

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Who We Are

DCPHA is dedicated to betterment of health in the Metropolitan DC Area. This organization is comprised of public health practitioners throughout the region who are passionate about improving public health. 

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2 Massachusetts Ave NE
Suite 1885
Washington, DC 20013


District of Columbia Public Health Association is an affiliated association of the American Public Health Association (APHA). 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. It is the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Learn more at www.apha.org.

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