President's Welcomeby Warren R. McDougle, Jr.
The Southern Health Association (SHA) held our annual educational conference in conjunction with the Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA) in April. The meeting was a success and we greatly appreciate the efforts, hospitality and warm reception of the KPHA members. These conferences are an excellent way to share ideas and best practices with our public health colleagues in the southeastern states
This legislative session has proven very interesting and challenging for our affiliate states. Georgia established a separate Department of Public Health and Florida’s Department of Health faced reorganization by the legislature. It is apparent that the face of public health is changing and SHA is working through our affiliate organizations to monitor these changes and assist the state affiliates as they work to improve the public health system of their respective state. SHA realizes that public health in each state may have differences based on the needs of the citizens and the desire of the legislature. This is why SHA supports the accreditation of health departments nationally and we recommend the 10 Essentials of Public Health as a guide to program and policy development.
I would like to request as you visit our website you consider where your interests lie and how you fit in our organization. As we work to protect the public health system in the south, I would like to invite you to join us as we support these efforts. Membership in SHA allows you to become active in an organization dedicated to public health without the restrictions of government involvement. We represent more than 6000 affiliate members. The active members of SHA are involved in decision making of the organization, are directly involved in our efforts to shape the new face of public health and are kept up to date on the activities of our affiliate states. Information on our organization and the benefits of membership can be found by clicking on the membership tab at the top of the page.
Warren R. McDougle Jr., MPH
To serve as the regional advocate for public health and for the development and growth of its leadership.
To foster and stimulate a greater degree of scientific effort in the protection and improvement of public health, and to bring about better understanding, integration and promotion of public health service.
Southern Health Update
SHA publishes a newsletter three times a year which is sent to all individual,fellow, retiree, student, contributing and associate members. Members are encouraged to contribute articles for publication.