As PHASA often benchmarks with the Canadian (CPHA) and American Public Health Association (APHA), we looked into organizational membership at these two organisations.
The CPHA does not offer something similar, but the APHA does. They have what they call Agency members. They only offer this to governmental and voluntary organisations providing personal and community health services such as: • Federal public health agencies • State and local health departments • Educational institutions and academic programs • Environmental protection agency's • Community health planning groups • Family planning groups • Hospitals, HMOs, home nursing agencies, and other health care delivery organisations • Associations with interests in personal and community health affairs. Employees of these organisations are not full members on their own, but do e.g. all get a reduced registration fee for the conference. A normal – individual – membership fee is $200 and for agencies they have the following fees: 1,000 or more employees $2,700;
500 – 999 employees $1,800; 20 – 499 employees $900; Less than 20 employees $365.
When looking at the above, especially in light of finances and burden on the Exec, maybe PHASA should promote individual membership rather than adding an option for organizational membership.
This proposal is made by the membership committee: Annette Gerritsen, Flavia Senkubuge, Mandy Salomo, Siyasanga Valencia Mbiza
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