Our Mission

The Association of State and Territorial Public Health Social Work is dedicated to the optimal social functioning of individuals and families through education, communication, and advocacy with the following objectives:

  • To develop and maintain a broad-based membership comprised of persons interested in public health social work from throughout the United States and Territories
  • To support a forum for the exchange of ideas, information sharing, and discussion of mutual concerns among social workers in public health
  • To promote improved social work practices affecting clients
  • To advocate for public health policy that improves the lives of families and communities

Our Vision

In affiliation of ASTHO and in collaboration with other public health and social work organizations, ASTPHSW will take a leadership role in promoting health policy and practices consistent with the principles and values of public health social work.


Our Strategic Direction

  • Advocates for health policies consistent with public health social work principles and values.
  • Advocate for practices consistent with public health social work principles and values.
  • Strengthen strategic partnerships.
  • Market ASTPHSW’s leadership.
  • Strengthen ASTPHSW membership.
  • Strengthen ASTPHSW infrastructure.

Executive Committee

Dornette Thompson, LMSW


Social Worker V

Mississippi State Department of Health


Kacey Schmitt, MSW, LISW-CP/S

President Elect

Director or Social Work

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control


Matthew Frank, MPH, MSW (Navajo Nation)


Research Project Coordinator and Evaluator

Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board

Kelly Spangler

Kelly Spangler, LCSW, MSW, MPA


Regional Social Work Consultant (Retired)


Kathy Burk, LCSW, CPM

Director, Office of Health Services

Mississippi State Department of Health

Betty J. Ruth

Member At Large

Clinical Professor

Director, MSW/MPH Program

Boston University School of Social Work



Rebecca Moore-Patterson, LCSW, MSW

Member At Large

NC Clinical Social Work Consultant

Division of Public Health/Women's Health Branch


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