Section News



PHNAA is seeking nominations for Outstanding Public Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing Career Achievement, and Outstanding Community Service.  Each of these awards recognize a Public Health Nurse or a Community Based Program that has contributed to and/or has positively impacted Public Health. Nominations will be taken until April 8, 2016.

In addition, PHNAA is seeking applications for the Donetta McGriff Scholarship to assist Department of Health Employees further their education in nursing careers.  The deadline for the scholarship application is April 15, 2016.  Nomination and application forms are below for both the awards and scholarship.

2016 OUTSTANDING NURSING AWARD honors a public health nurse who has made a creative and lasting contribution to public health nursing in Arkansas.  This RN has enhanced the professional stature of public health nursing through a commitment to the core public health functions and essential public health services, resulting in improved quality of services delivered to individuals, families or communities.

2016 PHNAA Career Achievement Award is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes a current, retired or retiring Public Health Nurse who has spent a career making an impact on Public Health in Arkansas, and served in Public Health for 15 years or greater. (A public health nurse may be nominated for lifetime contributions to public health “in memoriam.”)

2016 OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD honors a group for a community-based program implemented since 2004 that positively affected a population.  This public health-driven project must have a demonstrated need, as well as the potential for ongoing influences in the community, such as Hometown Health Improvement efforts to build community coalitions

Donetta McGriff Scholarship is awarded to assist Department of Health employees working in a community public health setting with an opportunity for educational advancement in order to further their education in nursing careers

Arkansas Society of Professional Sanitarians (ASPS)

The ASPS section is accepting requests for applications for a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to an Arkansas student in their third semester or higher classification in the environmental field.  The application deadline is April 7th, 2017.  The scholarship will be awarded at the annual Arkansas Public Health Association meeting on May 10th, 2017.

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

  1. Must be an Arkansas resident.
  2. Must be enrolled, or have plans to enroll in an environmental field.
  3. Must be at least a sophomore in a post-secondary institution in Arkansas.
  4. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA (Based on 4pt. System).
  5. Must demonstrate financial need.

Application must include past transcripts and a short essay about yourself and your proposed career goals with your degree.  2017 ASPS SCHOLARSHIP FORM

Health Administration Section (HAS)

ArkansasPublicHealthAssocHASLogo2 (2)Our dues will remain $10 payable in January. These dues will keep you in good standing with HAS January 1-December 31 . You may send your $10 registration to Maria Jones, Treasurer, 5413 Hawthorne Road, Little Rock, AR 72207. Invite all your co-workers to join! View and complete HAS Member Application2017 here.

Health Administration Section Membership


The Health Administration Section (HAS) of the Arkansas Public Health Association (APHA) provides:

  • A recognized section for APHA members engaged in health administration roles.
  • A forum to promote professionalism in the field.
  • A forum for discussion and training.
  • One or more speakers at the annual APHA Conference
  • An annual business meeting during the annual APHA conference.

Office Professionals of Arkansas

OPA newsletter April 2016

Health Literacy Section

The Partnership for Health Literacy in Arkansas, which is the Health Literacy Section of the Arkansas Public Health Association would like to provide you with a link for our latest information. Partnership for Health Literacy in Arkansas