C. E. Turner Papers from the American School Health Association

Portrait photograph of Clair Elsmere Turner
Clair Elsmere Turner 

The Special Collections Research Center at SIUC preserves American School Health Association (ASHA) materials acquired by Dr. Judy C. Drolet documenting the history of Health Education and a number of its key leaders. ASHA was founded in 1927 as the American Association of School Physicians by 325 physicians at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Cincinnati, Ohio. The charter members represented 29 states and Canada. Responding to rapidly growing interest, the Association extended membership in 1936 to all professionals interested in promoting school health, becoming the American School Health Association. More than half of its 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 C. E. (Clair Elsmere) Turner papers within the Sliepcevich Centre Collections document Turner’s World Health Organization consulting work in Asia, Europe, and North America, and include materials from organizations such as Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, American Red Cross, United States Public Health Service and War Service, and International Planned Parenthood Foundation. National health education and public health organization materials in the collection relate to the American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, the American School Health Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Society for Public Health Education, of which Turner was a founding member and its first president. Publications, reports, and files focus on topics in school health education, professional preparation, and selected key leaders in Health Education, including Delbert Oberteuffer, Richard Means, and William Carlyon.

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American School Health Association