There is a wise saying that change is the only constant thing in life. As I assume the role of the chief servant of New Jersey Public Health Association for the next two years, I want to use this medium to thank the people that came before me. The work they did in the past made it possible for this association to be where it is today. I want to personally thank the last executive council members for their hard work in keeping the association aloft and achieving our proposed goals. Special thanks to the immediate past President Kevin McNally who many times went above the call of duty in performing the functions of the association.
As individuals, we are endowed with personal abilities that can be utilized in so many ways. I accept that we are already doing more with less, but we need your help. The executive council members are actively recruiting volunteers that will help facilitate activities during our annual meeting later in the year. We are actively recruiting committee members to work in various committees as part of the standing committee as stipulated by our bylaws. We have the following committees: Advocacy, Awards, Communications, Finance, Membership, Newsletter and Program. Any member interested should please contact any member of the executive council or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to thank all our members for being part of NJPHA and part of the public health community in New Jersey. Many times what we do as an association does not let us come out into the limelight, and the public at large do not know our role in public health. We are in synch with what we do, without realizing that we touch so many lives and many facets of the community. Many times we do not understand how vital we are in our communities and that people depend on us for their survival. We are public health. So sometimes we need to sit back and thank ourselves for a job well done after all these years of protecting the public, answering the call, and protecting the rights of the poor and the underserved. For making sure that the environments in the areas that we serve are livable and conducive. For protecting the community from potential food poisoning, unintentional deaths through health education and intervention. For protecting our kids from lead poisoning. And many more areas of public health that we routinely advocate as members of NJPHA.
Sometimes we wonder why an impossible responsibility has been placed on us as members of the public health community. We primarily serve as stewards of the basic health needs of the entire population, and in so doing, we avert impending disasters and protect the public.
In summary, from me to all our members I say THANK YOU. We appreciate you for being a part of our membership and we look forward to working with you this coming year as always, on a wide range of public health issues facing us.
Paschal Nwako PhD, MPH, CHES