Who is the American Public Health Association?
Founded in 1872, the American Public Health Association, (APHA), is the oldest, most diverse, non-partisan, non-profit organization of public health professionals in the world. APHA aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats. The Association places great emphasis on community-based health promotion, disease prevention activities and universally accessible preventive health services.
Our association has played a prominent role in advancing many issues important to improving the public’s health including creating a safe and nutritious food supply, monitoring the environment for adverse effects on human health, assuring the availability of clean air and water, guaranteeing access to comprehensive and appropriate health services, promoting the immunization of the population against vaccine-preventable diseases, facilitating the development of safe home, work and community environments, and reducing the prevalence of chronic disease through education, policy analysis and advocacy.
Each year, the APHA offers pertinent and enriching continuing education seminars, scientific and award winning publications and critical networking opportunities to over 50,000 public health professionals and students across the nation.