Health and Professional Organizations (1)

List of Health and Professional Organizations

Note that most of the organizations and agencies listed here have coun­terparts in other countries. There are also many additional health agencies, both national and international, too numerous to mention here.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)

Action on Smoking and Health is a national charitable antismoking and nonsmokers’ rights organization. This organization serves members and local groups. It focuses on publicizing the dangers of smoking through cam­paigns for a smoke-free public; promotes national No-Smoking Day; pro­vides legal information to help nonsmokers protect their rights and health; and liaises with health promotion organizations and private groups. ASH also disseminates information related to smoking and health and monitors scientific and trade publications. ASH publishes a biweekly information bulletin and a quarterly supporter newsletter.

Address:2013 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006 Web Site:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

This agency, formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, was created by Congress in 1989 within the Public Health Service. The agency is federally funded, focuses on health services research including dissemi­nation of findings, and is devoted specifically to prevention.

The purpose of the agency is to improve quality of health care, reduce health care costs, and enhance the quality of life and safety of patient care services through improved knowledge that can be used in meeting the health care needs of society. AHRQ seeks to achieve its mission through several broad goals: the promotion of improvements in clinical practice and patient outcomes through more appropriate and effective health care services; the promotion of improvements in the financing, organization, and delivery of health care services; and the increase of access to high-quality care. The agency also sponsors individual and institutional National Research Service Awards, providing pre- and postdoctoral support for academics and for research concerning health services research methods and problems.

Address: 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

ATSDR works to prevent adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life that can result from exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. It is administered by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) but is a separate agency.

ATSDR evaluates data and information on the release of hazardous sub­stances into the environment. It assesses any current or future effects on pub­lic health, develops health advisories, and identifies studies or actions needed to evaluate and mitigate or prevent adverse human health effects. ATSDR increases an understanding of the relationship between exposure to haz­ardous substances and adverse effects on human health through epidemiol­ogy, surveillance, and other studies on toxic substances and their effects.

ATSDR monitors people’s exposure to hazardous substances through a registry of people exposed to hazardous substances, serious diseases, and illnesses. In addition, it provides health-related support to states, local agen­cies, and health care providers in public health care emergencies that involve exposure to hazardous substances, health consultations, and training.

The agency develops and makes available to physicians and other health care providers materials on the health effects of toxic substances and maintains a list of sites that are closed or restricted to the public because of contamination. Summaries of such materials may also be made available to the public.

ATSDR identifies gaps in knowledge, initiates research in toxicology and health effects where needed, and conducts or sponsors applied research on the human health effects of hazardous substances released into the envi­ronment from waste sites or other hazardous wastes.

Address: 1600 Clifton Road, N.E., MS E-60, Atlanta, GA 30333 American Academy of Health Behavior

A society of researchers and scholars whose mission is to advance health education and health promotion through science-based research focusing on health behavior. The academy also seeks to disseminate research find­ings, collaborate with other professionals in research, and influence policies for acquiring resources for health behavior research.

Address: P.O. Box 31264, Charlotte, NC 28231 Web Site:

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)

AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals whose role is to sup­port and assist those in health, physical education, dance, and other spe­cialties devoted to achieving a healthy lifestyle. The organization is made up of seven national associations:

1.    American Association for Health Education (AAHE)—dedicated to improving human health through health education

2.    American Association for Leisure and Recreation (AALR)—dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the American people through the promotion of creative and meaningful leisure and recreation expe­riences; focuses on practitioners and educators as well as students

3.    American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness (AAALF)— dedicated to serving professionals who conduct physical activity and fitness programs; advocates for populations that are underserved

4.    National Association for Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS)— fosters quality and equality in sports, including funding for girls and women, and serves those who coach, teach, and administer sports

5.    National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)— devoted to improving the total sports and physical education expe­rience in the United States through the enhancement of knowledge and professional practice and the scientific study and dissemination of research-based findings

6.    National Dance Association (NDA)—dedicated to promoting the development and implementation of knowledge and sound profes­sional practices in dance education

7.    Research Consortium (RC)—dedicated to furthering and promoting research and publications and the exchange of ideas among profes­sionals in health education, recreation, athletics, exercise, and dance

Address (AAHPERD and Affiliates): 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 American Association for H ealth Education (AAHE)

The American Association for Health Education (AAHE), formerly known as the Association for the Advancement of Health Education, is the oldest and largest health education association. It is one of seven associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and focuses on health educators and other pro­fessionals concerned with the prevention, protection, preservation, and improvement of health through education and other strategies. AAHE is a national professional membership organization representing thousands of health educators and health promotion specialists who work in schools, col­leges and universities, medical care facilities, community and public health agencies, and business and industry.

AAHE members benefit from a subscription to the Journal of Health Education, the American Journal of Health Promotion, and HE-XTRA, a newsletter from the national AAHE office reporting on news and current events in health education. Members also benefit from conferences, con­ventions, and leadership opportunities.


Address: 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 Web Site:

American College Health Association (ACHA)

ACHA is a professional organization made up of individuals and institu­tions of higher education addressing health problems such as teenage preg­nancy, sex education, AIDS issues, school health education and services, and other health-related issues in the academic community. The association pro­motes continuing education, research, and program development prima­rily for schools and educational institutions.

Address: P.O. Box 28937, Baltimore, MD 21090 Web Site:

American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)

ACPM was established in 1954 as a national professional society for physi­cians committed to disease prevention and health promotion. Its members are engaged in preventive medicine practice, teaching, and research. Specialists in preventive medicine are uniquely trained in both clinical med­icine and public health. Physicians trained in preventive medicine can be found working in primary care settings and managed care organizations, in public health and government agencies, in workplaces, and in academia, attempting to reduce the risks of disease, both in individuals and in groups within the population.

Address: 1307 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005 Web Site:

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

ACSM’s mission is to promote and integrate scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life.

ACSM was founded in 1954. Since that time, members have applied their knowledge, training, and dedication in sports medicine and exercise science to promote healthier lifestyles for people around the globe.

ACSM continues to grow and prosper both nationally and interna­tionally and is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organiza­tion in the world. Its members are committed to diagnosing, treating, and preventing sports-related injuries and the advancement of the science of exercise.

Address: 401 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or P.O. Box 1440, Indianapolis, IN 46206

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American Federation of Aging Research (AFAR)

AFAR supports biomedical research aimed at promoting healthier aging and provides opportunities for the interchange of knowledge and ideas about aging and health among physicians and scientists. It provides a forum for researchers to discuss the findings of aging research and ways of dis­seminating findings to the scientific and general public.

Address: 70 West Fortieth Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018 Web Site:

American Public Health Association (APHA)

APHA, founded in 1872, is the largest public health organization in the world and is committed to the protection and promotion of personal and environmental health and the prevention of disease.

APHA represents all disciplines and specialties of public health and is active in policy development, setting public health practice standards, and special projects. The association plans annual conferences for the continu­ing professional development of its members as it brings together profes­sionals from academia, research, administration, health service providers, and other health workers. The Public Health Promotion and Education and

School Health Education and Services sections are especially relevant to the concerns of health educators.

APHA is responsible for the publication of the American Journal of Public Health and a newsletter, The Nation’s Health.

Address: 800 I Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 Web Site:

American School Health Association (ASHA)

ASHA is the primary professional organization concerned with issues related to school-age children. School health services, healthful school environment, and comprehensive school health education are key areas of concern.

ASHA publishes the American Journal of School Health.

Address: P.O. Box 708, Kent, OH 44240

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Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)

ARHP was founded in 1963 as an arm of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America but became an independent entity in 1972. It is a nonprofit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in the field of reproductive health, including physicians, advanced practice clinicians such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health. ARHP and its members provide reproductive health services or education, conduct reproductive health research, or influence reproductive health policy. The organization reaches a broad range of health care professionals in the United States and abroad with education and infor­mation about reproductive health science and practice.

Address: 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 350, Washington, DC 20037

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Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM)

ATPM is the national association supporting educators and researchers in health promotion and disease prevention. Since 1942, ATPM members have been in the forefront of advancing, promoting, and supporting health pro­motion and disease prevention in the education of physicians and other health professionals. ATPM members include physicians, nurses, public health professionals, and health services researchers, as well as institutional members such as academic departments and programs, health agencies, and schools of public health.

Address: 1660 L Street, N.W., Suite 208, Washington, DC 20036 Web Site:

Article Source ; Dictionary of public health promotion and education terms and concepts second edition naomi n. Modesteteri s. Tamayose foreword by helen hopp marshak

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