The mission of the North Dakota Public Health Association is to improve, promote,
and protect health for the residents of North Dakota through leadership
in policy, partnerships,  and best practices.


AWARDS/NOMINATING   Sarah Weninger, Co-Chair                                Amy Burke, Co-Chair Mandy Slag

AUDIT                               Sherry Adams, Chair    Theresa Schmidt

MEMBERSHIP            Kylie Hall, Chair              Jeanna Kujava      Brenda Stallman  DeAnn Miller

POLICY & ADVOCACY  Danielle Pinnick, Chair                         Kelly Nagel                      Holly Brekhus                  Joye Stolz 

CONFERENCE TASK FORCE                               Joni Tweeten, Chair    Morgan Foster          Mary Hanretty                  Mark Strand                    Debbie Swanson
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FUNDRAISING                Sue Kahler, Chair    Jordyn Schaefbauer  

BY-LAWS                          Renae Moch, Chair        Sherry Adams, President


The Association also has committees to move forward its mission. During the annual meeting our members have the opportunity to volunteer to serve on a committee.  The  committee is led by a committee chair person who is also a member of the Governing Council.  Each committee will meet twice per year, develop an annual work plan, and the chair will provide a report on activities at the Governing Council meetings and a written report at the annual meeting.  

Interested in furthering the mission and activities of NDPHA?

We're looking for individuals who are passionate about ensuring that all individuals have healthy environments to live, work and play. NDPHA is currently seeking individuals to serve one-year terms on one of 7 standing committees. The committees are small groups that carry out tasks on behalf of the NDPHA Governing Council. Committee work increases the efficiency of NDPHA administration. Committee members, with the exception the chair, do not participate directly in Governing Council meetings, but rather work to address issues and make recommendations that are presented to the Governing Council during Council meetings.   



Every year NDPHA presents three awards at the annual awards banquet held in the evening during the Dakota Conference on Rural & Public Health. Committee members solicit nominations in October, and prior to mid December review the nominations, select the award winners, and report their decision to the conference planning committee.

    1. Public Health Worker of the Year, which honors a current member of NDPHA for outstanding public health contributions or achievements in the past year
    2. Outstanding Service Award, which honors an individual, either lay or professional, for outstanding work or achievement over their lifetime in the field of public health.
    3. Public Health Team of the Year, which honors a team that has worked collaboratively on a unique, creative, or simply outstanding public health effort, program, or goal in the past year – (At least one team member must be a current NDPHA member.)


Committee members review the financial records of the NDPHA office prior to the annual meeting and present a report to the membership.


Committee members solicit new members for the Association.


Committee members track legislation that relates to public health and reports issues to the membership throughout the year, as well as at the annual meeting. Committee members place a “Call for Resolutions” the first part of the year, as resolutions must be submitted to the committee at least 10 days prior to the annual meeting.  The committee reviews all resolutions and presents them to the membership with a recommendation of Adopt, Do Not Adopt, or No Recommendation.


Committee members solicit members in the fall of the year to run for office on the NDPHA Governing Council.  All officers are elected for a two-year term.  Generally, the Vice President moves to the President-Elect position and the President-Elect, in turn, moves into the President position. 


Committee members solicit input from the NDPHA membership to identify and recruit speakers and topics that are public health specific for the annual conference.  They work closely with NDPHA’s Conference Planning Committee representative.


This committee will assist in creating annual budget and focus on NDPHA fundraising.
If you are interested in serving on a committee please email the chair of the committee.

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