ASHA’s History

More than one-half ASHA’s members practice in K-12 schools or advise and oversee health education or health services programs in schools or state agencies charged with managing school health programs. 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.