When it comes to public health, non-profit associations play a central role. From specialists in niche categories of healthcare to product safety experts to environmental researchers, countless members of groups with a vested interest in promoting and forwarding health-related initiatives are represented by associations designed to provide education, support research, and foster relationships that allow professionals to build on one another’s knowledge and work. Organizations such as these don’t simply offer professional support to their members or their fields. Instead, they have a ripple effect; by supporting the progress of their own areas of expertise, they support progress on a global scale.

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The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) helps to ensure that case managers are trained and prepared to provide clients and their caregivers the highest standard of coordinated care as they navigate complex healthcare systems. Through its CCM credential, along with its workforce development initiatives and educational support, CCMC prepares and encourages case managers to be an integral part of interprofessional teams, advocating for both care and education of their clients. With the support of CCMs, clients are better able to navigate the health care system, understand options, participate in shared decision-making, and utilize electronic information and technology to improve their health and outcomes. CCMC works tirelessly to provide the case management community with the knowledge and resources needed to move forward with the vision of a society in which all people can achieve their full potential for health and well-being across the lifespan.

ICPHSO is an international neutral forum for product safety stakeholders to learn, network, and share information. Their vision is to provide a vibrant product safety community for exchanging information, ideas, and emerging trends in the product safety world. Each sector of the community is valued and given the opportunity for participation. Regulators are an active part of this exchange and value ICPHSO as a place to reach regulated industries and other stakeholders. The work of ICPHSO takes place on a regional, national and international level as befits a global marketplace with local stakeholders and participants.

Environmental Health

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As society increasingly focuses on environmental health, awareness and demand for clean energy grows. Geothermal Rising advocates for the use of geothermal energy, Earth's most plentiful and sustainable energy source, as the engine that will power our renewable future. The organization's mission is to connect the geothermal industry and champion geothermal energy in the United States and around the world. To accomplish this, Geothermal Rising offers the geothermal community educational opportunities such as workshops, webinars, and an annual meeting to help members “Use the Earth to Save the Earth.” Geothermal Rising works tirelessly to educate and advocate for clean energy, meeting the challenges that face our Earth by using the power that lies beneath our feet.

Health Care and Policy

The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) provides members, patients, and other health care providers with the knowledge and tools to not only understand heart failure prevention but develop multidisciplinary strategies to aggressively lower these risk factors and address disease modifiers through appropriate medical intervention, innovative patient education, and behavioral strategies. AAHFN, together with partner agencies, proposed a multifaceted commitment and one-year campaign to assemble the evidence and develop educational programming and innovative tools to support aggressive reduction in the incidence of heart failure.

The American Society of Hand Therapists is dedicated to advancing the field of hand and upper extremity therapy by promoting education, advocacy, research, and clinical standards, and developed the Safety & Injury Prevention video series to offers tips for a number of common activities that can lead to hand and upper extremity injuries and trauma. Videos cover topics such as carpal tunnel syndrome, meal prep safety, desk ergonomics, portable electronics, and gardening, helping viewers prevent and avoid common injuries experienced during these everyday activities, and educating them on planning and safety measures.

The Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) is a nationwide, nonprofit, professional organization of registered nurses who are employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Clinics. NOVA is dedicated to ensuring quality health care for U.S. Veterans, enhanced nursing educational opportunities, standards of excellence for VA nurses, increased research opportunities and academic excellence in the VA, increased communications among VA nurses, effective recruitment and retention programs, and to providing a strong voice for VA nurses and Veterans.

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For someone with back pain, the path to a physical therapist is usually long and winding that includes multiple failed treatments, unnecessary imaging, and a delay of weeks or months to get to a physical therapist. Studies that looked at the effects of early physical therapy on low back pain show impressive results: In cases with workers with back pain who saw both a physical therapist and physician for their first treatment, the use of MRI dropped by one-third, people got better faster, missed less work, and were more satisfied with their care, in addition to cost savings for employers, insurers, and patients. Members of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (PPS) know that easier and faster access to physical therapy care can improve patient outcomes.

Founded in 1956, PPS the champions the success of physical therapist-owned businesses. PPS members are leaders and innovators in the health care system, helping to provide vital health care services and support their communities. Advocacy and education for members to help their businesses succeed is a cornerstone of PPS activities, well-illustrated by member education initiatives surrounding insurer payment and policy changes. TRICARE, one of the nation's largest insurers, recently launched a pilot program that waives copays for up to three physical therapy visits to help patients get physical therapy care sooner. If successful, it will lead to lower costs for both TRICARE and their members while delivering better outcomes in less time for people in pain. PPS launched initiatives to educate members about this new pilot program and to provide materials members can use to educate their patients about this option.

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses™ (WOCN®) Society is a professional community dedicated to advancing the practice and delivery of expert health care to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs. The WOCN Society supports members' practice through advocacy, education, and research.

The purpose of the WOCN Society's Public Policy and Advocacy Health Care Agenda is to promote public policy and advocacy activities that supports the protection of the nursing workforce. WOCN Society advocates for adequate funding of programs for the development and education of nursing's workforce, including Title 9 of the Public Health Services Act to support the recruitment, education, and retention of the nation's nursing work force.

Global Health

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The Controlled Release Society (CRS) is the home for experts dedicated to delivery science, connecting the professionals and scientists who create the future of delivery science and technology through fundamental delivery research, development, regulatory science, and clinical translation. A recognized issue in the industry is the translational gap from formulation through development to delivery and clinical impact—that is, the difficulty of moving an innovation from the lab to widespread clinical adoption where the innovation may have a significant impact on society. To address the translational gap, CRS prepared a two-day scientific meeting to address current practices, innovation, regulatory adoption, and global challenges associated with pediatric drug development and delivery. The event brought together global academic, pharmaceutical professionals, and pediatric nurse practitioners to strategize solutions and collaborations that will have a meaningful impact on global health care.

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The American Neurological Association (ANA) is a professional society of academic neurologists and neuroscientists devoted to advancing the goals of academic neurology; to training and educating neurologists and other physicians in the neurologic sciences; to expanding both our understanding of diseases of the nervous system and our ability to treat them. Through robust online educational programs, the ANA offers members CME webinars, podcasts and professional development opportunities focused on cutting-edge neurological research across 18 neurologic subspecialties.

Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into a home's HVAC system and re-circulated multiple times per day. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work. While dirty ducts don't necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school, or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies. NADCA, the HVAC Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Association, developed the Breathing Clean brand as an awareness campaign providing consumer education, tools, and information surrounding proper air duct cleaning procedures and outcomes with the health of occupants in mind.

Hospital and Emergency Services

The American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) is a non-profit association comprised of clinical and research professionals including immunologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, transplant physicians and surgeons, pathologists, and technologists. ASHI serves the Hospital & Emergency Services sector proudly through histocompatibility testing which is necessary for a successful organ or stem cell transplant and ensuring the proper management of laboratory staff, materials, and research. ASHI is dedicated to advancing the science and application of histocompatibility and immunogenetics so that transplant patients receive the highest standard of care and the best chance to live a longer, healthier life.

Housing and Workplace

As people resolve to organize their lives, from home to the office, their personal calendars, finances, and more, the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO) is there to guide clients on their journey to create environments that support productivity, general health, and well-being. Each January, NAPO sponsors Get Organized & Be Productive (GO) Month in an effort to inspire, encourage, and celebrate NAPO professionals and their clients to achieve their productivity and organization goals. NAPO professional organizers and productivity consultants across the world host events in their communities in-person and online to showcase how they empower individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to regain control over their surroundings, time, and possessions.

Public Health Infastructure

JPMA is the voice of the industry for quality and safety of baby products and assists parents in choosing and using baby products appropriately. Through advocacy, consumer awareness, and certification, JPMA plays a prominent role in advancing and helping to ensure baby safety. JPMA's certification program for product manufacturers is a key way JPMA helps bring awareness to baby product safety. The JPMA Certification Seal signifies a product meets minimum government requirements based on safety and use, as well as additional requirements in today's marketplace. To become certified, each product is sample-tested at an independent laboratory to verify it meets the highest standards for quality, safety, performance, and functionality. The program is designed to provide peace of mind to parents that these products have been independently tested to the most stringent standards.

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The American Transplant Congress (ATC) is the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation. ATC provides a forum for the exchange of new scientific and clinical information relevant to solid organ and tissue transplantation and brings together transplant physicians, scientists, nurses, organ procurement personnel, pharmacists, allied health professionals and other transplant professionals. The educational offerings provide attendees the opportunity to learn cutting-edge advances in research and exchange of ideas and practice in the field of solid organ and tissue transplantation.


School nursing is widely regarded as a hidden health care system in America, with school nurses responsible for treating and meeting the health care needs of a wide range of ages. Their care is critical to ensuring that students are able to engage in productive learning and supporting the school community, including the families, teachers, and administrators. The National Board Certification For School Nurses (NBCSN) works to advance the health and learning of students, and wellness of the school community, through a rigorous national certification process for school nurses. The NCSN credential, administered by the NBCSN, validates that a school nurse has demonstrated expertise in all aspects of health care for the range of patients they treat.