Stephen Smith, Founder of the American Public Health Association

Title

Stephen Smith, Founder of the American Public Health Association

Description

Stephen Smith, a physician and attorney, served on the New York City's Metropolitan Health Board and founded the American Public Health Association in 1872. This was the first national organization created to improve public health standards. Its initials goals were:

1. "To awaken and maintain the active and permanent interests of the people in sanitary administration;
2. To facilitate the enlightenment of the public on this topic
3. To promote the appointment of more competent health authorities
4. To promote science and measures for practical application to public hygiene."

When it was first formed, the APHA had only ten members. It is now the "oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world," and continues to protect the nation through preventive health services and activities. The health professionals of the APHA are "working to ensure access to health care, protect funding for core public health services and eliminate health disparities."

Creator

Bain News Service

Date

1-Jan-14

Source

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/pnp/ggbain/15000/15059v.jpg

Relation

For further exploration please visit American Public Health Association: http://www.apha.org/

Link: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/pnp/ggbain/15000/15059v.jpg

Rights

Sources: The APHA Statistics Section. (n.d.). American Public Health Association. Retrieved Oct, 9, 2012, from http://bit.ly/UPUZVj

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Bain News Service

Format

Medium: Photograph

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Stephen Smith, APHA, Public Health, Healthcare, Health

Coverage

Historic

Files

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/pnp/ggbain/15000/15059v.jpg

Reference

Bain News Service, Stephen Smith, Founder of the American Public Health Association, Library of Congress, 1-Jan-14

Cite As

Bain News Service, “Stephen Smith, Founder of the American Public Health Association,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 12, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/233.