ARHP is founded as the American Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians (AAPPP)
Planned Parenthood president, Alan Guttmacher, MD, founded the first organization focused on the professional education needs of family planning physicians.
AAPPP hosts first scientific meeting
AAPPP partnered with Planned Parenthood-World Population to host a new type of scientific meeting dedicated to continuing education for reproductive health professionals.
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants emerged in the US
The first university training programs for advanced practice clinicians launched in the same year (University of Colorado – nurse practitioner program and Duke University – physician assistant program)
First Guttmacher Lectureship awarded to Robert A. Ross, MD
In honor of its founder, AAPPP created the Alan F. Guttmacher Lectureship to honor scientists and providers making significant contributions to the field of reproductive health.
US Congress passes Title X
The Title X Family Planning program began, which continues to provide comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services to millions of low-income and uninsured individuals.
AAPPP becomes APPP
As part of a global expansion strategy, AAPPP dropped “American” from its name and became the Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians (APPP).
Abortion legalized through Roe v. Wade decision
Unduly restrictive state abortion regulations were found to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court and abortion was legalized in the US.
Elizabeth Connell, MD became board chair
Dr. Connell was pioneer in the reproductive rights movement, including serving as the first female chair of APPP. Originally a family medicine physician, Dr. Connell switched to ob/gyn after caring for too many patients suffering from botched abortions.
APPP membership categories expanded
Recognizing the significant contributions of nurse practitioners, and others, APPP began including health professionals other than just physicians as full members, and changed the organization’s name to the Association of Planned Parenthood Professionals.
APPP becomes ARHP
After weathering a near-fatal financial crisis, APPP became the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) and moved its headquarters to Washington, DC, under management of the National Abortion Federation (NAF).
TruthRumor campaign launched
ARHP produced a significant media campaign to address common misperceptions about the pill and promote the benefits of oral contraceptives.
1987 — 1993
The American Journal of Gynecologic Health published
The American Journal of Gynecologic Health was published by ARHP bi-monthly from 1987 until 1993.
ARHP thrives with organizational growth
ARHP hired its first full-time executive director and moved its office to a shared space with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
ARHP incorporated as an independent organization
After many years being of being managed as a subsidiary of other nonprofits, ARHP incorporated as independent organization and moved to its own headquarters site.
Health & Sexuality launched
ARHP began publishing Health & Sexuality, an association magazine for members. In the next two years, the publication won a number of awards, including the Gold Ozzie, Silver Ozzie, and ASAE Gold Circle Award for Achievement.
First Cushner Lectureship awarded to Joycelyn Elders, MD
ARHP created the Cushner Lectureship in honor of Irvin M. Cushner, MD, MPH. The award is given annually to a layperson, public figure, or health care professional that is raising awareness of a pressing issue in reproductive health and inspiring public policy debate.
CME offered online
ARHP became the first medical association to offer continuing medical education (CME) credits through web-based learning.
ARHP adopted a new mission statement
ARHP’s board issued a new mission statement to reflect the changing focus and expanding horizons of the organization related to interdisciplinary education, reproductive health research, and public policy influence.
Contraception became ARHP’s official journal
ARHP partnered with Elsevier to bring Contraception’s groundbreaking research and monthly editorial series to its members. Contraception is an internationally recognized and peer-reviewed publication that consistently ranks in the top tier of all ob/gyn journals.
First Stewart Scholarship awarded to Audrey Pettifor, PhD
To honor longtime supporter and former board member, Gary Stewart, MD, MPH, ARHP created the Gary Stewart Scholarship for Research in Public Health. This award recognizes outstanding public health graduate students conducting a significant reproductive health research.
First academic board chair elected
Lee Lee Doyle, PhD, was the first non-physician to lead ARHP as the chair of the board of directors. Dr. Doyle was the associate dean for continuing medical education and faculty development at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
ARHP’s launched the Curricula Organizer for Reproductive Health Education (CORE) to provide a library of peer-reviewed slides and ushered in a new era in reproductive health education and open-access resource sharing. www.arhp.org/core
ARHP accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
ARHP expanded its educational programs to meet the needs of pharmacist members and was awarded certification from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to be an accredited provider of education for pharmacists.
ARHP opens the bi-coastal Stewart Centers
The Felicia Stewart Centers provide free community meeting space for reproductive justice work in Washington, DC and the San Francisco Bay Area. The Centers are named in honor of Felicia Stewart, MD, who was a champion for compassionate, evidence-based reproductive health care. Dr. Stewart served on the board of directors of ARHP and was a co-founder of ANSIRH.
Conference Ambassador Scholarship established
The Conference Ambassador Scholarship was established to increase attendance of students, residents, and fellows in clinical education programs at the annual meeting.
ARHPedia was launched as a comprehensive resource center on pharmaceutical products for ARHP members. www.arhp.org/ARHPedia
ARHP receives ACCME Accreditation with Commendation
Recognizing ARHP with its highest honor, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical designated ARHP as a Level 3 accredited organization and one of the top 25% of US CME providers.