American School Health Association

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American School Health Association
AbbreviationASHA
Formation1927
Founder325 physicians
Founded atCincinnati, Ohio
TypeProfessional association
PurposeTo protect and promote the health of children and youth by supporting coordinated school health programs as a foundation for school success
Membership
2000
Formerly called
American Association of School Physicians

The American School Health Association (ASHA) is a professional association. It claims a membership of 2,000 members in 56 nations. More than half practice in K-12 schools or administer health education or health services programs in school districts or state departments of education.

Founded in 1927 as the American Association of School Physicians by 325 physicians attending the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Cincinnati, Ohio, its mission was to protect and promote the health of children and youth by supporting coordinated school health programs as a foundation for school success. In 1936, the organization opened its membership to all professionals interested in promoting school health and adopted its current name.[1]

The current president is Jeffrey K. Clark.[2]

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  1. ^ Engs, Ruth C. (2003). The progressive era's health reform movement: a historical dictionary. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. pp. 20–22.
  2. ^ "Officers". American School Health Association. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011.

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