Why is Public Health Important?

Public health is "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities and individuals." - CEA Winslow

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases.  Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world. 

Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research—in contrast to clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. Public health also works to limit health disparities. A large part of public health is promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.

Be Part of the Solution! 

TPHA is the official professional organization for those engaged or interested in public health services and is endorsed by the administration of the Tennessee Department of Health. In an effort to maintain high standards of quality in all aspects of public health, TPHA offers opportunities for health professionals representing diverse service areas to learn and share ideas throughout the calendar year. Continuing education credit is available for most public health designations.  

TPHA will be hosting a series of networking events beginning in January 2022.   For more information and to sign up to attend, go to Networking Events for an event close to you.

COVID-19 Video Updates Sponsored by ETSU

The Southeast Region has had the benefit of information and guidance from Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University, throughout the pandemic.  Stay informed by viewing his COVID-19 video updates Weekly Pandemic Updates here.


Membership has its Benefits

People hearing presentationMembership in the Tennessee Public Health Association is far more than attending an annual conference at a discounted rate.  Membership includes working together with like-minded professionals on committees, in professional sections and community volunteer efforts to make Tennessee a healthier and safer place for residents and visitors to live, work and play.  Benefits include professional growth and development, access to resources and events, leadership and skill building, networking and job searching, peer support, internships and mentoring programs and advocacy.  Continue reading to learn more about Member Benefits


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TPHA's Policy Agenda

Members meeting with LegislatorsTPHA is the Voice of Public Health in Tennessee.  Whether working to expand the role of its professionals, advance the practice of public health or promote racial, ethnic and gender diversity and inclusion, TPHA members effect change in these areas and more through policy and systems change and by taking a position for or against legislation on the local and state levels.



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