Notable Dates

Notable dates

1872:  The American Public Health Association founded by Dr. Stephen Smith, a physician, attorney and commissioner of New York City’s Metropolitan Health Board, puts forth the concept of a national health service. 
1893:  APHA and the United States focus on the control of tuberculosis. 
1895:  APHA publishes the Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Sewage. 
1900:  Walter Reed reports at the APHA Annual Meeting that mosquitoes carry yellow fever. 
1905:  APHA publishes the Standard Methods for the Examination of Milk. 
1906:  First federal Food and Drug Act passed; APHA publishes the American Journal of Public Hygiene. 
1908:  APHA’s standardized death certificate adopted by the U.S. Census. 
1909:  APHA publishes the Standard Methods for the Examination of Air. 
1911:  Journal of the American Public Health Association established, later becoming the American Journal of Public Health. 
1916:  APHA publishes first issue of Control of Communicable Diseases in Man. 
1918:  APHA postponed its Annual Meeting in reaction to a global influenza pandemic. The Association conducted scheduled discussions regarding the pandemic in December 1918. 
1925:  APHA creates Appraisal Form for Local Health Work. 
1932:  President Hoover speaks at APHA’s Annual Meeting. 
1943:  APHA sets qualification standards for health educators. 
1948:  United Nations establishes the World Health Organization with strong APHA support. 
1950:  APHA member Jonas Salk introduces Salk vaccine for polio. 
1956:  National Library of Medicine established. 
1964:  Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health published; President Johnson signs the Medicare/Medicaid Act. 
1965:  APHA publishes the first Public Health Law Manual. 
1970:  Congress establishes the Environmental Protection Agency; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 
1972:  APHA celebrates its 100th anniversary with 25,100 members 
1973:  APHA cited in Supreme Court decision striking down most anti-abortion laws. 
1982:  APHA testifies at the first congressional hearings on AIDS. 
1986:  Former President Jimmy Carter speaks at Annual Meeting. 
1994:  Medicine and Public Health Initiative established by the APHA and American Medical Association. 
1995:  President Bill Clinton proclaims the first full week of April as National Public Health Week. 
1997:  APHA celebrates its 125th anniversary with 32,000 members; Presidential Citation presented to Nelson Mandela. 
1999:  APHA builds its headquarters building in Washington, D.C. 
2005:  APHA relocates its Annual Meeting from New Orleans to Philadelphia following widespread devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. 
2006:  APHA launches Get Ready campaign, an all hazards preparedness initiative. 
2010:  APHA helps win passage of the Affordable Care Act. 
2011:  APHA launches our blog, Public Health Newswire. 
2013:  APHA rolls out APHA Connect, an online member community. 
2014:  APHA surpasses 300,000 Twitter followers of @PublicHealth.