The Arkansas Public Health Association was organized on Saturday morning, November 22, 1947, in the Lecture Room of the Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Markham and Broadway Streets, Little Rock, Arkansas. This organizational meeting of APHA was held on the third day of the Annual Conference of the Arkansas State Board of Health. The Annual Conferences were held in part to fulfill the state law requirement that the State Health Officer speak to the employees of the State Board of Health at least once each year.
The Arkansas Public Health Association (APHA) is an affiliate of the American Public Health Association, Inc., and the Southern Health Association. The membership of the Arkansas Public Health Association is made up of individuals from public health disciplines as well as persons interested in the advancement of public health. The Association is organized and shall be operated for the following purposes:a) To promote and protect the public health; b) To aid in the promulgation and enforcement of State and local legislation in the interest of public health; c) To render service and assistance in time of public emergency and necessity; d) To bring into closer association persons and organizations for the purpose of aiding in the promotion of public health; e) To do and perform such other acts and services as are deemed to be in the interest of the public health and welfare; and f) To promote and assist in training and education in the field of Public Health.