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  • 03 Mar 2019 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    Commonwealth of Virginia

    Health Director, Eastern Shore Health District

    This District Health Director position will be based out of the Town of Accomac, Virginia, the County seat of Accomack County, one of two Eastern Shore Counties totaling approximately 47,000 citizens. The “Shore”, as it is known, has a deep, rich, history and exudes small town charm.  Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, it is a very pleasant place to live. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) invites you to apply for the position of District Health Director, providing needed public health leadership.

    The District Health Director will direct all medical, nursing, environmental health, administrative, and other public health services in the district, one of 35 local health districts in Virginia. This position will manage the Eastern Shore District out of the Accomack office, a coverage area of two counties separated from the mainland, with two populated islands, one of which is not accessible by car. A critical component of the job will be overseeing interdisciplinary staff with efforts directed toward community assessment and health education, program design, program evaluation, resource allocation, quality of patient care, environmental protection, and inter-agency organization of health-related activities. The District Health Director will serve as a community resource on communicable disease issues and health risk reduction. The doctor may be required to provide direct care in a clinic environment with examinations, diagnosis, treatment and prescribing medications. Applicants must be licensed in Virginia to practice medicine. Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health and clinical medicine are required. Minimum qualifications include the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, being skilled in all aspects of administering public health programs, and experience directing a large and diverse organization in a dynamic environment. The ideal candidate will have the ability to effectively work independently and as a member of a team when appropriate, work with the media, and lead change in the workplace.

    A doctorate in medicine is required and it is preferred that candidates have a MPH degree. It is required that the District Health Director be licensed to practice medicine in Virginia. It is highly desired that the doctor have a background in epidemiology and preferably a certificate in Preventative Medicine. The ideal candidate will have strong data analysis skills. A minimum of ten (10) or more years’ experience is desired and should have at least five (5) years’ experience in an executive management and supervisory position. Previous experience and training in public health and working with government officials is also highly desired.

    The hiring salary will be up to $167,000. Benefits include, but are not limited to, participation in the Virginia Retirement System, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, medical and dental insurance, professional dues and conference expenses.

    Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and résumé online by visiting our website at This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than March 29, 2019. Following this date, applications will be screened against criteria outlined in this brochure. On-site interviews with the VDH will be offered to those candidates named as finalists, with reference checks, background checks and academic verifications conducted after receiving candidates’ consent.  For more information, please contact Steve Miner at or (804) 726-9748. 

    The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

  • 21 Dec 2018 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, can happen to people of all ages. It is especially a common issue among aging adults because they have a more likely chance to have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Examples of traumatic events that could lead to PTSD include military combat, a bad car accident, the unexpected death of a loved one, serious illness or injury to self or someone close, and sexual assault, to name a few.

    This guide will account for PTSD among aging adults, veterans, and older homeless people. See what experts have to say about the subject, and learn more about the causes and symptoms of PTSD and how the condition can be treated.

    Disclaimer: We are not doctors. This is for informational purposes only. As always, we suggest speaking to a medical professional to determine how to best address your specific situation.

    Click here to learn more: PTSD Among Aging Adults

  • 06 Oct 2017 2:38 PM | Michael Royster

    2017 Virginia Oral Health Summit
    Thursday, November 2 | Richmond, Virginia

    Featured Speakers 

    Mary Otto
    Independent Journalist
    & Author of


    Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH

    VCU Center on Society
    and Health

    View the Agenda

    Hotel Accommodations 

    A block of rooms has been reserved at the Westin Richmond for $159/night single and $169/night double occupancy. To reserve a room, call 1.888.627.7786 by Tuesday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m. and mention the group name "Virginia Oral Health Coalition." After the deadline, rates and availability cannot be guaranteed.


    Please visit our website for more oral health information.

    Dear Friend,

    Early, discounted registration for the 2017 Virginia Oral Health Summit ends tonight at midnight!

    The registration fee goes up to $125 tomorrow through October 25. The conference space is filling up! Take advantage of this opportunity to reserve your spot at a reduced rate.

    Coming from out of town? Don't forget to book your hotel room at the Westin by Tuesday, October 10! Details below.

    The Summit is open to all who are interested. Please register and share this information with friends and colleagues. 


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    Executive Director 

    Thank you to our generous Premier Sponsor!

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  • 13 Sep 2017 11:08 AM | Michael Royster

    Dear Virginia Public Health Association Members and Staff, 

    You are cordially invited to participate in a research study entitled "Information Seeking Behavior of Public Health Professional in the U.S." The purpose of the study is to investigate how public health professionals seek information in the digital environment as well as understand the obstacles public health professionals experience in accessing and finding information from electronic resources.

    The research study will be anonymous, you are not asked to provide your name. Your answers and comments are confidential and will be aggregated in the analysis. It will take around 15-20 minutes to answer the questions. Your participation is highly appreciated, 20-30 people selected from random drawing will be awarded an incentives worth of $30.

    If you have any questions you may contact Sarah Al-Mahmoud at  a Ph.D. student at Simmons College or her dissertation committee Chair Dr.Rong Tang at If you have questions about your right as a research subject you may contact the Human Protections Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs, Simmons College at +16175212415The deadline of completion is Oct.5th,2017.



    Please click on the link below to answer the survey. 


  • 13 Sep 2017 11:01 AM | Michael Royster

    The Virginia Journal of Public Health is published twice yearly, fall and spring by the Virginia Public Health Association. 

    Deadlines for Manuscripts:

                    Fall Issue:  July 15

                    Spring Issue:  January 15

    The Journal welcomes research, professional, and literature reviews for consideration for publication (Please see the specific formats for each type of manuscript.

    Manuscripts should be sent to Dr. David Sallee, Editor ( as a WORD document, email attachment.  In the cover letter or email, the corresponding author needs to affirm that the article has not been published elsewhere.

    Manuscripts must:

    1. Follow the form of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (

    2. Be typed on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, double-spaced, 12 pt. font;

    3. Include a title page with the names and addresses of each author;

    4. Include a title page without author identification (this will be used for blind review);

    5. Include a pdf copy of the Institutional Review Board approval if appropriate;

    6. Include references at the end of the manuscript and in alphabetical order (APA style);

    7. Have any figures or tables embedded in the manuscript;

    8. Include a less than 200 word abstract.

    Organization of Manuscripts

    • Research Articles 
    • Abstract (200 words): 
      • Purpose, Methods, Results, Findings, Conclusions.
    • Text: 
      • Purpose, Methods, Results, Discussion, Summary, Conclusions                 Recommendations, References.

    • Professional Articles (position papers, program descriptions)
    • Text: 
      • Purpose, Methodology (if applicable), Discussion, Summary           Recommendations (if applicable), References (if applicable)
    • Literature Reviews
    • Abstract (200 words): 
      • Purpose, Methodology (Data Sources, Inclusion and Exclusion criteria), Findings (Data Synthesis), Summary, Conclusions, Recommendations
    • Text: 
      • Purpose, Methodology (Data Sources, Inclusion and Exclusion criteria), Findings (Data Synthesis), Summary, Conclusions, Recommendations, References

    Review Process

    Manuscripts submitted will be sent to three members of the VPHA Editorial Board. Reviewers will recommend (1) Acceptance, (2) Acceptance with Revisions, (3) Revise and Resubmit, or (4) Reject.  The Editor makes the final decision and will notify the corresponding author of the manuscript disposition.

    Questions: Contact Dr. David Sallee,

  • 20 Mar 2017 12:15 PM | Michael Royster

    Join VAPHA in Washington, D.C., to celebrate National Public Health Week with local professionals, students and other friends of APHA. Enjoy healthy appetizers and drinks, a networking game and public health conversations! April 5, 2017 5-7 pm at APHA's office: 800 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001. 

    For more information or to register, follow or paste this link into your browser:

  • 20 Mar 2017 12:12 PM | Michael Royster

    When effectively integrated into health and social service systems and teams, CHWs have been proven to improve health outcomes, reduce costs and enhance the quality of health services.

    This Forum convenes leaders that impact population health to strengthen efforts to integrate CHWs to improve access to care and health equity.

    Attendees will:

     Increase awareness and understanding about the role of the CHW

     Learn about national opportunities and efforts to finance and grow the workforce

     Reflect on the work of the CHW Advisory Group and CHW Association over the past year and identify a clear vision for next steps for CHW workforce development

     Review best practices to involve community health workers in clinical and community based practices.

    The event will take place at the Omni Hotel, Charlottesville, VA. 212 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Date: March 28, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Register here:;jsessionid=FA855B8224666BD23A36BD84EEE55F5D?oeidk=a07edwm4gt3cda766dc&oseq=&c=&ch= 

  • 16 Mar 2017 11:19 AM | Deleted user

    VCU is still accepting applications for the doctoral programs in Healthcare Policy and Research and Social and Behavioral Sciences for fall.  The program offers 4 years of funding, tuition support and travel and dissertation research support.  For more information, contact Kate Grant, Education Coordinator,  Department of Health Behavior and Policy, VCU School of Medicine at or 804-828-5329 and view the following video: 

  • 06 Mar 2017 2:09 PM | Deleted user

    The first issue of the bi-annual online Virginia Journal of Public Health is available below. The Journal includes articles on work and research taking place in Virginia. The articles are authored by Virginians working in public health, including faculty and students from academic public health and public health-related programs. If you are interested in publishing in the VAPHA Journal please see the author guidelines in the Journal.

     Virginia Journal of Public Health, Spring 2017.pdf

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