The purpose of the academia section of IPHA is to promote increased linkages and collaboration between the public health academic community and the practice community. Academic public health presentations and sessions at IPHA meetings will be promoted as well as involvement in IPHA activities by health professions students in the state of Illinois.

Academia News

Behavioral Health

The purpose of the behavioral health section of IPHA is to promote awareness of the link between physical and mental health; to increase collaboration among public health and behavioral health entities; to reduce the incidence of substance abuse; and, to initiate or further holistic health policies to strengthen communities and reduce the stigma associated with mental illnes

Behavioral Health News

Board of Health

The Boards of Health Section was created to broaden the Associations membership base, introduce the membership to local policy-making and lend to IPHA an extensive and effective grassroots information network.

Board of Health News

Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Emergency Preparedness and Response Section is dedicated to creating and promoting a state of readiness and prompt response to protect the health of Illinois communities during catastrophic events, large scale disasters and health emergencies. Through regular meetings and ongoing communication, this Section supports the exchange of ideas, develops position statements, coordinates education opportunities, and works to strengthen relationships at the local, regional and state level to advance the field of emergency preparedness and response.

Emergency Preparedness and Response News

Environmental Health

The purpose of the Environmental Health Section is to support the exchange of ideas, encourage the application of these to public health problems and programs, to consider current, emerging and foreseeable community health issues at the local, regional, state and national levels, and the development, coordination, extension and evaluation of local and regional public health programs.

Environmental Health News

Epidemiology and Health Statistics

The Epidemiology and Health Statistics Section allows for the exchange of ideas, promotes the incorporation of epidemiology principles to public health problems and programs, fosters the development and use of epidemiologists, provides expert consultation to the IPHA on pertinent issues, and assists in the implementation of Association policy where applicable.

Epidemiology and Health Statistics News

Family Planning

The Family Planning Section works to promote the information and means to exercise personal choice in determining the number and spacing of children. Services to be promoted include: information, education and counseling services and a comprehensive range of confidential, acceptable and effective family planning methods and services.

Family Planning News

Food and Nutrition

The purpose of the Food and Nutrition Section of IPHA is to enable the staff of public health programs to network, learn and advocate. The section develops continuing education programs, holds business meetings and regularly communicated with members to exchange ideas and provide updates on pertinent issues.

Food and Nutrition News

Health Administration

The Health Administration Section is committed to the implementation of the Associations state policy; to develop, analyze and implement the expansion of the public health service delivery system in the state; to develop, support and expand the knowledge and skill among IPHA members; to work to upgrade the quality of services to our membership; and to work and coordinate with Association and its other sections in improving our legislative, professional and public educational activities.

Health Administration News

Health Education/Promotion

The Health Education & Promotion Section is committed to developing, supporting and facilitating health education and health promotion as viable and dynamic entities within the scope of public health in Illinois.

Health Education/Promotion News

Health Equity

The Health Equity Section aim to increase awareness about health disparities gaps, and promotes the formulation of public health strategies, policies and research that improve access to a healthy living and quality of life. The section fosters the enhancement of data that recognizes emerging concerning trends and successful outcomes through the utilization of a broad range of communication and health education strategies.

Health Equity News

HIV/AIDS, STIs and Viral Hepatitis

The HIV/AIDS, STIs and Viral Hepatitis section of IPHA is to promote the development of public health efforts to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and viral Hepatitis and to enhance the lives of people living with these conditions in Illinois.

HIV/AIDS, STIs and Viral Hepatitis News

Injury Control/EMS

The Injury Control/EMS Section serves as focal point for activities within the state of Illinois to design and implement strategies for injury prevention in the pre-injury phase and minimalization of the injury in the injury phase. The section will focus its activities on serving as the forum for public health minded individuals whose major focus is in the area of emergency medical services.

Injury Control/EMS News

Maternal and Child Health

The purpose of the Maternal & Child Health Section are to support the exchange of ideas, the development of positions on MCH issues and further the dissemination of those positions, and contribute to the development, coordination and extension of MCH programs at the local, regional and state level.

Maternal and Child Health News

Nurse Administrators

The purpose of Nurse Administrators Section is to promote quality public health nursing services in the State of Illinois through communication and information exchanges; participation in planning and decision making for public health services; educational activities; and advocating for public health nursing in Illinois.

Nurse Administrators News


The purposes of the nursing Section are to advance the cause of public health nursing in Illinois, to support the exchange of ideas, knowledge and skills among members and to support the increase of membership and participation in the IPHA.

Nursing News

Oral Health

The purposes of the Oral Health Section are to prevent and control dental disease and promote dental health through organized community effort. Programs in dental public health are concerned with dental health education programs, the administration of dental care programs for special population groups, water fluoridation and supplemental fluoride programs, dental sealant programs, applied dental research and the prevention and control of dental diseases on a community basis. This section holds meeting on a regular basis, hosts an annual conference and coordinates the toothbrush consortium project.

Oral Health News

Professional Support

The professional support Section provides career and personal development for Section members. They strive, through cohesive implementation, to support public health issues and enhance the delivery of services. Members of this section will have the opportunity to network with other health professionals, and for professional development, through section activities and continuing education programs.

Professional Support News

Senior Health

The purpose of the Senior Health Section is to provide more opportunities and incentive for interaction, coordinated planning and joint projects among professionals in the health and aging field. This section focuses on the development of more effective mechanisms for assuring coordination and cooperation among all agencies which serve older persons.

Senior Health News


The goal of this section is to further the development of students, the next generation of professionals in public health and health-related disciplines. This section represents and serves students of public health and other health-related disciplines by connecting individuals who are interested in working together on public health and student-related issues.

Student News