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2013 Anniversaries: Section and State Affiliate

  

Public Health Nursing Section — 90th Anniversary

APHA’s Public Health Nursing Section was established in 1923 in Boston, and the first officers were Chair Elizabeth Fox, RN; Vice Chair Margaret Stack, RN; and Secretary Agnes Martin, RN. Titles of papers presented that year included “A Brief Report of Requirements for Public Health Nurses in Eighty-Three Cities,” “The Relation of the Public Health Nurse to the Practicing Physician” and, with the Child Hygiene Section, “The Crippled Child as a Public Health Nursing Problem” and “Breast Feeding from a Public Health Standpoint.”

Now just as 90 years ago when the Public Health Nursing Section was founded, public health nurses integrate community involvement and knowledge about the entire population with personal, clinical understandings of the health and illness experiences of individuals and families within the population.

Today, the Public Health Nursing Section is one of APHA’s largest, with 1,300 members. The section advances the specialty of public health nursing through leadership in the development of public health nursing practice and research and also assures consideration of nursing concerns by providing mechanisms for interdisciplinary nursing collaboration in public health policy and program endeavors. The Section’s mission is “To advance the health of the population in partnership with the community through evidence-based practice, education, and research.”

 

Colorado Public Health Association — 75th Anniversary

The Colorado Public Health Association was established on March 4, 1938, with the “aim to include all the professional public health workers in Colorado.” Even since the early days, the association has focused on supporting education and connection with the public health workforce as well as promoting and educating about public health legislation.

In June 1945, the association’s eighth president, Dr. Florence Sabin, worked with the board to “consider the function of the Colorado Public Health Association in legislation. The board accepted the recommendation that “a large committee of statewide representation composed of persons who would be interested in legislation” be organized. Within that first decade, the Colorado Public Health Association had a voice in establishing some of the state’s foundational public health legislation.

In the late 1950s and 1960s, the association had more than 450 members, and annual dues were $2. The Colorado Public Health Association offered the “News Bulletin” and shared public health news with its members during an annual meeting.

While much has changed when it comes to the needs and functions of public health, the core focus of the Colorado Public Health Association has remained consistent. The association still exists to promote public health with support from its valued members and has supported priority public health policy, such as the Colorado Public Health Reauthorization Act and the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, and also spearheads the state’s largest public health conference and connects with members though social media and networking events.

The Colorado Public Health Association continues to expand the definition of public health to address health equity and social determinants of health and aims to continue to support the diverse world of public health into the next 75 years.