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Strengthening public health through partnerships, policies and professional development.

our past

The Indiana Public Health Association was incorporated in 1964 to unify efforts for advancing public health in the state of Indiana. Until 1997, the organization was entirely volunteer run, with board members and committees doing all of the planning and carrying out functions including annual conferences. In 1999, IPHA was granted by the IRS a change in not-for-profit designation, becoming a 501(c)(3) organization that conducts activities which are essentially educational and for public benefit.

our future

Since the beginning of the 21st century, IPHA has continued to grow as an effective and recognized voice for public health in Indiana. Public and environmental health professionals, educators and students across the state join IPHA to be part of its mission of professional development, partnership formation and advocacy, and to enjoy the benefits of networking and friendship with public health colleagues.

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frequently asked questions

How can I become a member of Indiana Public Health Association?

Individual members can join IPHA on our website,  Regular individual membership dues are $45.00 per year.  Other categories include Retired Public Health Professionals, Students in any field and Special Health Workers for those employed in public health with salary under $30,000. Membership dues for those three special categories is $25.00 per year.

Is there a special membership rate for students?

Yes, first-year student members may join at no cost. When they renew, their annual dues are $25.00 as long as they are students.

Does IPHA have an internship program?

IPHA interns play active roles in accomplishment of some of our most important work. As members of the IPHA team, interns gain hands on experience in public health, applying academic and problem-solving skills to real-life work experiences. IPHA internships are great opportunities to explore career options and to help define career goals under the mentorship of experienced public health professionals.

Does IPHA have networking events where people new to public health can meet more experienced public health professionals?

IPHA’s annual conference, usually during Public Health Week in April, includes ample opportunity for networking at lunch, during breaks and at receptions.  More about the spring conference is below.

Indiana’s annual Public Health Celebration & Hulman Health Achievement Awards, hosted by IPHA each October, is another good place to expand your network among public health professionals.  The Celebration’s reception especially is an excellent opportunity to make new connections.

Does IPHA have educational conferences?

IPHA’s annual conference is usually during Public Health Week in April. The conference is a professional development and educational event that focuses on timely public health issues and trends of interest to public health professionals and students. It includes presentations, interactive breakouts, panel discussions and student poster sessions.  The conference alternates each year between Bloomington and West Lafayette.

Can corporations join IPHA? What are the benefits of corporate membership?

Organizations can become corporate members of IPHA in either of two ways. Not-for-profits can simply join on the IPHA website [specific link]. Or not-for-profit as well as for-profit organizations have the option of becoming corporate members by sponsoring either a single event (e.g. the spring conference) or all IPHA events in a given year (i.e. the conference, celebration and breakfast forums). Either form of sponsorship includes membership in the Association. 

Graduating levels of sponsorship bring benefits that include corporate logos and links on our website, discounted attendance at events and free ads in published event materials. Go to [specific link] for details.

What kind of volunteer opportunities are available?

IPHA has many and diverse opportunities for members and friends to get involved.  Volunteers support event planning, membership development, utilization of media, and public health advocacy, including policy sub-groups on violence prevention, climate change and substance use. 

Also, advisory boards, steering committees and workgroups support the objectives of three statewide coalitions: The Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition, the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative, and the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Coalition of Indiana as well as writing and promoting Indiana’s new Chronic Disease Plan.  Contact us for more information about how to get involved in any of this important work.

Still have questions about IPHA?

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