Improving Health, Preventing Disease, Reducing Costs for All


NHPHA was established in 1990 and then incorporated in 1992 as a 501c(3) private, not-for-profit organization. In January 2004, the organization declared 501c(3)(h) status.

NHPHA 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.

Our Mission 

NHPHA is a member-driven organization that champions public health policy and practice, enriches the workforce, and inspires leaders to improve the public’s health.


Our Strategic Priorities

NHPHA carries out its work using the following three strategies:

  1. Strengthen the workforce through professional developmentWe offer training opportunities, student intern stipends, and a public health mentor program.
  2. Develop and implement strategic communications to inspire a public health movement: We disseminate communications messages through a variety of media to keep members and the public updated on key public health issues.
  3. Champion public health policy and advocacy: We develop and advocate on priority public health policy areas of concern to our members and the public.

Our Vision

NHPHA is the leading, trusted public health voice that empowers our members and engages our partners and decision makers to achieve a healthier NH.

Our Vision Expanded

As the New Hampshire membership association of emerging and established professionals and organizations seeking to improve the public’s health, NHPHA is firmly committed to lead and serve with passion and accountability. We convene members and partners to advance the public’s health. We are dedicated to fostering a culture of cross-sector learning and sharing of expertise to enhance the development of the public health workforce.

NHPHA is a trusted, unbiased, consistent voice recognized by diverse partners and members to advance, a broad range of public health policies and practices, based on evolving trends, scientific evidence, and accurate data. We use clear messaging to increase the visibility of important public health issues.

Foundational to our work is our belief that all people in New Hampshire have fair and just opportunities that allow them to realize their full health potential. This is achieved by a strong public health system with the capacity to support equitable health outcomes for everyone – regardless of where they live, learn, work, age, and play. We work steadfastly to incorporate this core value of equity into all we do. 

We recognize that volunteers have been the mainstay of NHPHA and have enriched the organization with their diverse skills, dedication, and expertise. We will build upon this volunteer base as we grow NHPHA into a vibrant, sustainable force to improve the public’s health.

Our Values

  • Equity  We believe in fair and just opportunities that will allow people to achieve their full health potential
  • Passion  We possess a driving commitment for excellence in public health
  • Leadership  We lead with our collective expertise and diverse skills 
  • Community – We believe that everyone has a right to live, work and play in healthy and safe communities that foster well-being and prosperity
  • Performance-Based – We are accountable to our members and stakeholders by making informed decisions to advance our mission
  • Collaboration – We mobilize partners for collective action to advance the public’s health

Our Members' Interests

  • Public Health Practice and Program Management
  • Behavioral Sciences/Health Education
  • Health Services Administration
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Nutrition and Food Safety
  • Biomedical & Laboratory Practice
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • International and Global Health
  • Policy Makers and Private Citizens who care about New Hampshire's health

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