About Us

Who we are. Why we’re here.

We are a community of public health advocates and professionals from all across Mississippi committed to keeping Mississippi healthy and safe.

We are physicians, nurses, environmentalists and social workers.
We are emergency responders, nutritionists and epidemiologists.
We are office professionals, administrators, educators and researchers.
We are students, health advocates, community leaders and many others.


As public health professionals, we are working together to promote public health for everyone, everywhere, every day!

Since 1937, the Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) has strived to strengthen public health in Mississippi through leadership, advocacy and education. We provide our members with professional development and networking opportunities while also serving as the voice of public health in Mississippi.

As an active affiliate of the American Public Health Association, MPHA works to maintain state and local funding for essential health programs and to provide an adequate and well-trained public health workforce. We promote activities, programs and policies that address chronic and infectious diseases and work to develop healthy Mississippi communities.

The vision of MPHA is optimal health for all Mississippians.

The mission of MPHA is to promote health and equity through public health leadership, advocacy, and education.

MPHA’s values are:

Courage. MPHA is committed to unifying and strengthening the voice of public health.

Professionalism. MPHA is committed to being leaders among public health professionals and the public in public health policy development and actions.

Learning. MPHA is committed to providing member access to lifelong learning on topics and issues pertinent to public health.

Excellence. MPHA is committed to enhancing the prestige and image of public health as a career.

Diversity. MPHA strives for desirable and equitable actions and policies that advance improved health status for all Mississippians.

Ethics. MPHA strives to apply and promote environments where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. MPHA’s leaders and members will conduct themselves with integrity, fidelity, honesty, and transparency, serving as role models for the profession and society.

Strategic Plan:

The MPHA Board has approved a Strategic Plan for 2023-2025 that will serve as a guide in planning, implementing and evaluating activities of the association. The strategies outlined in the strategic plan will assist MPHA in its mission to promote public and personal health through leadership, advocacy, and education.

View the full strategic plan here.