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Annual Meeting 2018

We’ll join the Florida Public Health Association for a joint annual meeting in the summer of 2018 in Orlando. Watch this site for more Information as available.

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Become a Member

Public Health Professionals, Students & Other Interested Members are Encouraged to become members!

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SHA is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and contributions are tax deductible.

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Position Papers


The Southern Health Association strongly recommends the legislators in, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia work on enacting legislation to protect children from the dangers of secondhand smoke in cars. The legislation should ban smoking in any car where a child should be restrained by a child safety restraint system. At least six states including Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon and Utah have smoke-free car laws banning smoking in cars where children are present, protecting children ranging from less than 6 years old to less than 18 years old.

The 2006 Surgeon General’s Report states that the scientific evidence about the dangers of secondhand smoke is indisputable. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. There is overwhelming evidence of the harms associated with exposure to secondhand smoke that is specific to children and specific to enclosed environments.

American Academy of Pediatrics studies “provide evidence that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is associated with increased rates of lower respiratory illness and increased rates of middle ear effusion, asthma and sudden infant death syndrome.

A Harvard study found a “significant increase” in the levels of carbon monoxide in cars where smoking occurs, a substance known to induce lethargy and loss of alertness even in small quantities.


The Southern Health Association expresses deep concern over the rapid increase in the use of Vapor Cigarettes by both adults and teens and the inconclusive health effects for both groups. The research into the effects of vapor cigarettes lags well behind their popularity, and medical associations and regulatory bodies are concerned that vapor cigarettes are nothing more than a gateway to nicotine addiction.

The percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use vapor cigarettes, more than doubled from 2010 to 2012. Vapor cigarettes are offered in a variety of flavors that young children and teens could find appealing, like cherry, grape, and strawberry. New and very troubling data from the National Poison Data System show that reports of poisonings caused by accidental ingestion of e-liquids tripled from 2012 to 2013.

Some vapor cigarettes have been marketed as smoking cessation aids. There is no conclusive scientific evidence that vapor cigarettes promote successful long term quitting, nor has the FDA approved vapor cigarettes as a safe or effective method to help smokers quit.

President’s Message

Outside my home state, people know me as Georgia from Kentucky, and I’m very proud of being a southern girl. I’m also very concerned with the poor health our citizens […]

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Membership Categories Individual Members – Members who are interested in the object of and who pay individual dues of $27.00 for one year or $50.00 for 2 years; $22.00 for […]

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History of the Southern Health Association

The Southern Health Association (SHA) had its beginning as the Southern Branch of the American Public Health Association (APHA).  As quoted from “A History of Southern Branch, American Public Health […]

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Annual Meeting

SOUTHERN HEALTH ASSOCIATION AND FLORIDA PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION 2018 JOINT ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE “Striving for Excellence in Public Health” Monday, July 23 – Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Florida Hotel and […]

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About Us

What is the Southern Health Association? The Southern Health Association is a regional organization representing approximately 6,000 persons throughout the southeastern states who are interested in public health. PURPOSE:To foster […]

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