July 20, 2024


IPHA builds capacity among public health professionals and partners to achieve health equity and well-being for all people, in all communities across Indiana.


IPHA is valued as a robust partner, connector and resource for advancing public health in Indiana.


In 2022, the IPHA Board of Directors formed a Strategic Planning Committee to assess IPHA’s efforts and impact over time, along with the public health landscape in Indiana. As a result of their evaluation and input, the IPHA board approved the 2023-2025 Strategic Plan. This plan includes an updated Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Goals, Metrics, and Strategies. Plan implementation and evaluation is underway. You can read our  2023 Annual Report 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 DirectorsIPHA is staffed by Kim Irwin, Administrator; Sara Suisman, Association Manager; Iliana Enriquez, Program and Policy Coordinator; Fatma Yousif, Program and Policy Coordinator; and Allison Aultman, Program and Policy Manager.


The Indiana Public Health Association is an affiliated association of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and was recognized as the APHA Council of Affiliates Outstanding Affiliate of the Year in 2022. 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.


2022 marked the Indiana Public Health Association’s 75th anniversary, and we celebrated 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 celebrated in 2022. 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 celebrated our 75th year and look ahead, 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 staff team has grown alongside our 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.


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