Environmental Health.

Environmental Health Section


We are excited that you have joined our section and would like to encourage you to participate as we have ample opportunities to serve. Thanks for joining as your voice makes us stronger.

The Environmental Health Section represents the environmental health professional by providing continuing education, presenting various scholarships and awards, and responding to state legislative actions that affect or influence our profession.


The Environmental Health Section of the North Carolina Public Health Association, Inc. (formerly The Sanitation Section from 1939 until 1969) had its origin in the old Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1939. At that time, Mr. J. M. Jarrett, Assistant to the Director of the Division of Local Health Work, State Board of Health, proposed a change to the NCPHA constitution, whereby all members of the health units would be eligible for membership within their own designated Scientific Section.

Mr. Jarrett selected an organizational committee of sanitarians from all over the state and called a meeting in Greensboro, at which time preliminary plans were laid and the groundwork begun for our present Section.

In 1940, the NCPHA meeting at Pinehurst provided for the creation of Scientific Sections and revised its constitution accordingly. Thus the Section was born. The first official meeting was during the NCPHA meeting in 1941 at Pinehurst. Subjects included a symposium on “Garbage and Refuse Disposal” and a panel discussion on “The Sanitation of Eating Utensils and Glassware.”


  • The drafting and subsequent amendments to a near model constitution and by-laws;
  • The selection of a sanitarian, Harold Parker, in 1951 as the first non-medical President of the NCPHA;
  • The adoption of a distinctive seal and emblem, which was designed by J. L. Higgins;
  • The acceptance of a unique Code of Ethics pointing toward the quarterly series of educational meetings designed to promote better sanitation knowledge and techniques;
  • The creation of five component district organizations within the framework of the Section, each with individual leadership and constitution; and the conferring of honorary membership status and deserved recognition on prominent persons outside of public health for outstanding contributions to the field of Sanitation.

The Environmental Health Section of the North Carolina Public Health Association is composed not merely of outstanding leaders, but is firmly anchored in the team concept of all for one and one for all. 


When completing your membership application to join NCPHA, indicate that you want to join the Environmental Health Section by checking the appropriate box and add $10 to the total dues.

Questions? Please contact us by email at ehsection.ncpha@gmail.com.

Save the Date!

78th Interstate Seminar, November 12-14, Wrightsville Beach


Section Leadership

Amanda Nester


Kathryn Hobby


Aminah Keys


Kathryn Hobby


Amanda Nester


Amanda Nester


Angela Sowers


2023 Fall Educational
Conference Scholarship Winners

Rookie EHS of the Year: Glen Pugh
Practicing EHS Scholarship: Not given
Stacy Covil Scholarship: Not given
Tim Hilton Environmental Health Specialist Scholarship: Shannon Maloney


2023 Fall Educational Conference
Speaker Presentations


Something New

The Environmental Health Section is proud to announce that another benefactor has helped establish another scholarship for the Environmental Health Section. In 2017, the first Tim Hilton Scholarship was awarded to an EHS meeting the criteria of the award. The Tim Hilton Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Mr. Tim Hilton in 2016 thanks to a generous gift from his estate. Mr. Hilton served as an Environmental Health Specialist with the Burke County Health Department for 23 years. The Tim Hilton Scholarship is to be awarded annually in the amount of $500 at the NCPHA Fall Conference. The scholarship is to be used for educational expenses such as academic classes directly related to Environmental Health, or for Environmental Health continuing education. Environmental Health professional within the geographical boundaries of Western District NCPHA are eligible. This includes the counties of: Alamance, Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, Montgomery, Stokes, Forsyth, Davidson, Stanly, Union, Surry, Yadkin, Davie, Rowan, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Alleghany, Wilkes, Alexander, Iredell, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Ashe, Watauga, Avery, Caldwell, Burke, Cleveland, Rutherford, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey, Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Haywood, Transylvania, Swain, Jackson, Graham, Macon, Cherokee, and Clay.


Environmental Health Procedures

Environmental Health Committee

Environmental Health Section Bylaws

Environmental Health Section 2024 Scholarship Application*

W.A. “Bill” Broadway Award Information

W.A. “Bill” Broadway Award Nomination Form

Stacy Covil REHS and Rookie of the Year Award Information

Stacy Covil REHS and Rookie of the Year Award Nomination Form

Tim Hilton and Practicing Scholarship Fund Application

Environmental Health Section Newsletter - Spring 2017

Environmental Health Section Newsletter - Winter 2019

Environmental Health Section Newsletter - Fall 2022

Environmental Health Section Newsletter - Spring 2023

*Use this form for the EH Section Scholarship, Stacy Covil Scholarship, and the Dewey Padgett Scholarship.