IPHA builds capacity among public health professionals and partners to achieve health equity and well-being for all across the state of Indiana.
By the end of 2022, IPHA is valued as a robust partner, connector, and resource for advancing public health in Indiana.
In July 2019, IPHA engaged Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs Executive Education (IUEE) to facilitate a strategic planning process to guide the organization for the next three years. The process included a thorough review of the public health landscape in Indiana and across the United States, several key informant interviews, and broad stakeholder participation beyond board members. The 2020 to 2022 IPHA Strategic Plan includes a new Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Goals, 2020 Metrics, and Strategies. Plan implementation and evaluation is underway. You can read our 2021 Year in Review to see how we have been pursuing our goals.
In 2019, IPHA entered into a professional services agreement with Health by Design to provide a comprehensive array of leadership, executive, management, operational, financial, and development services to assist in managing organizational activities. Beyond the leadership provided by the IPHA Board of Directors, IPHA is staffed by Kim Irwin, Administrator; Betsy Prentice, Special Projects Manager; Sara Suisman, Program Coordinator; and Katie Watson, Administrative Assistant.
An Affiliate of APHA
The Indiana Public Health Association is an affiliated association of the American Public Health Association (APHA). We have collaborated with APHA to grow stronger as an organization, 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 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
There are lots of ways for individuals and organizations to become members of APHA, from special student programs to agency memberships. Learn more about APHA membership benefits here.
75 Years of Protecting Indiana’s Public Health
2022 marks the Indiana Public Health Association’s 75th anniversary, and we’re celebrating all year long! IPHA was formed in 1946 (planned as an affiliate of the American Public Health Association) to unify efforts for advancing public health throughout the state. The first IPHA annual meeting took place in the spring of 1947, which is the anniversary we celebrate this year. The organization was formally incorporated in 1964, and in 1997 we hired our first full-time staff member with the support of a grant from the Indiana Department of Health. In 2019, we entered into an agreement with Health by Design to provide various professional services for the Association, which has expanded our ability to provide members with development opportunities.
As we celebrate our 75th year, we continue to bring together governmental health workers, healthcare providers, environmental health professionals, educators, advocates, and students to advance public health and health equity. Our team has grown to five staff, a robust network of partner groups and organizational members, and a strong board of directors supporting our association members. We wouldn’t be celebrating this milestone without our members and partners – thank you for your continued support! You can contribute to our next 75 years of defending Indiana’s Public Health by making a donation or becoming a member today.