Get Involved with IPHA
Thank you for your interest in becoming involved with IPHA. We hope to find a way to put your efforts to good use in improving public health in Idaho. Below are some ideas for
Membership in IPHA is open to all individuals interested in promoting public health in Idaho. For working professionals, IPHA membership is $40 per year; for retirees it is $20 per year; for students its $10 per year. Corporate memberships are available for $120 per year. Your membership dues support important IPHA activities including student scholarships
, hiring a student intern to monitor Idaho state legislative activities and provide weekly legislative updates
, and public fora and conferences. Show your support for public health by becoming an IPHA member or renewing your membership. For more on the benefits IPHA membership, please click here
Opportunities to Get Involved with IPHA as a Student
Involvement in IPHA as an undergraduate or graduate student is a great way to gain exposure to a variety of public health issues. Below are a few ways students interested in public health can get involved with IPHA.
IPHA's Legislative Intern: Each year, IPHA selects a graduate student intern to monitor legislative activities in the Idaho State Legislature and provide IPHA members with weekly updates. The legislative session runs from approximately January to mid-March each year. The intern receives a small stipend and is eligible to receive college credit. (For your reference, here is the job posting the 2012 legislative session; a similar posting will be made in the fall).
Social Media/Web Content Intern or Volunteer: IPHA is currently looking for a student who can work with IPHA over a period of time (at least one semester) to monitor and develop content for IPHA's social media accounts (Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter) and website. Duties would include routinely This position would be unpaid but may be eligible for internship credit. For a technology savvy and independent worker with an interesting in developing strong writing skills, this would be a great way to gain experience with the increasingly important role social medial plays in public health. With questions or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contribute to IPHA's Public Health Spotlight Series: If you are interested in a career in public health, a great way to bolster your resume is to showcase to IPHA's readers and members your communication skills and your familiarity with effective public health programs in Idaho. A great way to do this would be to prepare a piece for IPHA's Public Health Spotlight Series. The Public Health Spotlight is intended to highlight different topics, organizations, communities, or programs making innovative or noteworthy contributions to public health in Idaho. Working with an IPHA Board member, you would select a topic for the Spotlight (either of your own choosing or oen suggested by an IPHA member) and put together an engaging 1000-1500 word "news article." With your "by line" on it, this article would then be shared with interested public health professionals around the state through IPHA's Email Newsletter and on IPHA's website. Your contribution would be unpaid, but may be used to qualify for appropriate work study class projects. If this is something you would be interested in, please contact us at email@example.com.
Serve on a Standing Committee or the IPHA Board of Directors: Another meaningful way to become involved in IPHA as a student is to serve on one of IPHA's three Standing Committees (see below). In addition, IPHA's bylaws reserve two seats on the Board of Directors for student representatives. If this is something you may be interested in, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
IPHA's Student Scholarship: In conjunction with IPHA's Annual Meeting, IPHA also awards several scholarships to students studying in fields related to public health in Idaho. More information on scholarships is available here.
Get Involved with a Committee
The Idaho Public Health Association has a board of directors and several task groups which conduct association business. Each task group or committee is chaired by a board member and provides an opportunity for IPHA members to be involved in the organization.
The Education committee provides continuing education opportunities to IPHA members. The Education task group is lead by Joanne Mitten, MHE email@example.com. For small sample of types of resources that have resulted from the Education Committee's efforts, please see the materials from IPHA's 2011 Conference: "Promoting a Healthy Idaho." Please contact Joanne if you are interested in being involved with the Education Committee.
Development and Communications
The Development and Communications Committee works to increase membership and identify outreach opportunities. Sarah Toevs, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org, leads the Development/Communications task group. Please contact Sarah if you are interested in being involved with this committee and the Communications section of the website.
Policy and Advocacy
The Policy and Advocacy Committee acts to influence public policy in Idaho. The Policy task group is lead by Katy Quinn, MHS, email@example.com. Please contact Katy for information on becoming involved in this Committee or visit the Policy and Advocacy section of the website.