American Public Health Association
Immediate Past President
|Thomas C. Quade, MA, MPH|
|Joseph Telfair, DrPH, MPH, MSW|
|Pamela M. Aaltonen, PhD, RN|
|Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E)|
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is a Washington, D.C.-based professional organization for public health professionals in the United States.
APHA has more than 25,000 members worldwide. The Association defines itself as an organization that: "APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We Strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a 150-plus year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public's health." It defines its mission as: "Improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status."
The current leaders are:
- Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), Executive Director
- Pamela M. Aaltonen, PhD, RN, Immediate Past President
- Lisa Carlson, MPH, MCHES, President
- José Ramón Fernández Peña, MD, MPA, President Elect
List of presidents
This is a list of American Public Health Association presidents by year.
- 1872 - 1874 Stephen Smith
- 1875 Joseph M. Toner
- 1876 Edwin M. Snow
- 1877 John Henry Rauch
- 1878 Elisha Harris
- 1879 James Lawrence Cabell
- 1880 John Shaw Billings
- 1881 Charles B. White
- 2009 Cheryl E. Easley
- 2010 Carmen Nevarez
- 2011 Linda Rae Murray
- 2012 Mel Shipp
- 2013 Adewale Troutman
- 2014 Joyce Gaufin
- 2015 Shiriki Kumanyika
- 2016 Camara Phyllis Jones
- 2017 Thomas C. Quade
- 2018 Joseph Telfair
- 2019 Pamela M. Aaltonen
APHA has five different types of membership: regular, retired, early-career professional, company and consultant, and student. Members receive an online subscription to the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation's Health as well as a weekly newsletter, Inside Public Health.
National APHA awards
The accomplishments of public health leaders are recognized through an awards program. APHA presents its national awards during its annual meeting. National APHA awards include:
- Sedgwick Memorial Medal
- APHA Award for Excellence
- David P. Rall Award for Advocacy
- Helen Rodriguez-Trias Award
- Lyndon Haviland Public Health Mentoring Award
- Martha May Eliot Award
- Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize
- Victor Sidel and Barry Levy Award for Peace
- Ayman El-Mohandes Young Professional Public Health Innovation Award
The Public Health Education and Health Promotion section recognizes individuals in six award categories. The awards include the Distinguished Career Award, Early Career Award, Mayhew Derryberry Award for contributions of behavioral scientists to health education, Mohan Sing Award for humor in health education, Sarah Mazelis Award for health education practitioners, and Rogers Award for public health communication.
The Statistics section offers the Mortimer Spiegelman Award to a statistician under the age of 40 for contribution to public health statistics.
The American Public Health Association publishes more than 70 public health books. Several of these are the reference source for their specialty within public health practice. Some publication titles include:
- Control of Communicable Diseases Manual
- Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater
- Landesman's Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide.
- Public Health Newswire
In addition, APHA publishes the American Journal of Public Health, a monthly peer-reviewed public health journal covering public health and policy. APHA also publishes The Nation's Health, a monthly newspaper covering public health news and APHA updates.
The APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition is the largest meeting of public health professionals in the world. The meeting draws more than 13,000 attendees, offers 700 booths of exhibits and features more than 1,000 scientific sessions. Presentations cover new research and trends in public health science and practice.
National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week is an observance organized annually by APHA during the first full week of April. The week’s activities are designed to highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.
Virtual Racism Forum
On 9 June 2020, The American Public Health Association and the department of Tulsa Health present a conference on virtual racism at 2:30 p.m. The association said the webinar will set off a series which would explore prejudice, its historical and current health effects.
Affordable Care Act
In June 2019, The American Public Health Association firmly condemned official litigation with the United States of America by the Trump Administration. At the end of the Trump administration, the APHA opposed a legal filing with the Supreme Court which would have repealed the Affordable Care Act. This Supreme Court case was decided in June 2021, and the court left the Affordable Care Act in place. 
Mortimer Spiegelman Award
- 1970: Edward Perrin
- 1971: P. A. Lachenbruch
- 1972: Manning Feinleib
- 1973: Joseph L. Fleiss
- 1974: Gary G. Koch
- 1975: Jane Menken
- 1976: A. A. Afifi
- 1977: David Hoel
- 1978: Ross Prentice
- 1979: Mitchell H. Gail
- 1980: Norman Breslow
- 1981: Robert F. Woolson
- 1982: Joel Kleinman
- 1983: J. Richard Landis
- 1984: Stephen Lagakos
- 1985: John Crowley (statistician)
- 1986: Anastasios Tsiatis 
- 1987: L. J. Wei
- 1988: Thomas Fleming (statistician)
- 1989: Colin B. Begg
- 1990: Kung-Yee Liang
- 1991: Scott L. Zeger
- 1992: Ronald S. Brookmeyer
- 1993: Martin Abba Tanner
- 1994: Louise M. Ryan
- 1995: Christopher J. Portier
- 1996: Jeremy M. G. Taylor 
- 1997: Margaret S. Pepe
- 1998: Peter Bacchett 
- 1999: Danyu Lin
- 2000: Bradley P. Carlin 
- 2001: Daniel E. Weeks 
- 2002: Xihong Lin
- 2003: Michael Abbott Newton
- 2004: Mark van der Laan
- 2005: Rebecca Betensky
- 2006: Francesca Dominici
- 2007: David Dunson
- 2008: Hongyu Zhao 
- 2009: Rafael Irizarry
- 2010: Nilanjan Chatterjee
- 2011: Sudipto Banerjee
- 2012: Amy Herring
- 2013: Debashis Ghosh 
- 2014: Tyler VanderWeele
- 2015: John D. Storey
- 2016: Roger D. Peng
- 2017: Limin Peng
- 2018: Raphael Gottardo
- 2019: Daniela Witten
- 2020: Jeffrey T. Leek
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