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National History Day Topics 2011-12
The American Child Health Association -- Reforming Child Health

The American Child Health Association was established in 1923 by Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover to combine and coordinate the activities of two existing organizations, the American Child Hygiene Association and the Child Health Organization of America.  Under Hoover's leadership, the ACHA undertook a nationwide survey of child health in America, and found many disturbing problems.  The ACHA created a wide variety of programs throughout the United States to educate and inform the public about reforming child health, headlined by designating May Day as Child Health Day.

Hoover Library primary sources:
American Child Health Association Records -- Articles (box 3)
American Child Health Association Records -- Publications and Printed Matter (boxes 30-37)
Van Ingen, Philip, The Story of the American Child Health Association, New York:  American Child Health Association, 1936.

Online secondary source:
"American Child Health Association," American Journal of Public Health. 1935 October; 25(10): 1142–1143 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1559244/?page=1

 Secondary sources:
Clements, Kendrick, The Life of Herbert Hoover:  Imperfect Visionary, 1918-1928, New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

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