The American School Health Association was founded as the American Association of School Physicians on October 27, 1927, by 325 physicians at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Cincinnati. The charter members represented 29 states and Canada. The first president was William A. Howe, M.D., Buffalo, N.Y. Interest in the Association grew so rapidly that in 1936, the American Association of School Physicians opened its membership to all professionals interested in promoting school health. The organization officially became the American School Health Association.
The mission of the American School Health Association is to transform all schools into places where every student learns and thrives.
The American School Health Association envisions healthy students who learn and achieve in safe and healthy environments nurtured by caring adults functioning within coordinated school and community support systems.
The Association is a multidisciplinary organization of administrators, counselors, dietitians, nutritionists, health educators, physical educators, psychologists, school health coordinators, school nurses, school physicians, and social workers.
Meet the ASHA Board of Directors