The mission of APHA's Aging and Public Health Section is to promote the health and well-being of individuals as they age by improving their health, functioning, quality of life and financial security.
Section members fulfill this mission through research, practice, education and advocacy that impact aging services, communities, health systems, policies and financing, and public health programs.
At the 1974 APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, there was only one session related to aging. During that session, an audience member spoke up and asked those present to add their names to a list in support of adding aging issues to APHA's agenda. Eventually, the issue of creating an official Aging and Public Health Section made it to APHA’s Governing Council, which voted in support of establishing the Section.