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ACPM: Our History of Promoting Preventive Medicine Runs Deep

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is a professional medical society representing more than 2,000 preventive medicine physicians dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of individuals, families, communities, and populations through disease prevention and health promotion.

ACPM was founded in 1954 to create a professional home for the growing number of board-certified experts in preventive medicine. It was chartered as a nonprofit organization two years later in 1956.

ACPM provides a dynamic forum for the exchange of knowledge and practice advancement for preventive medicine specialists. We offer high-quality continuing medical education, resources for ongoing professional development, networking opportunities, and advocate for the important role of preventive medicine in our healthcare system.

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Our Members

With an expertise in population health, preventive medicine physicians bridge the divide between public health and clinical practice to change lives for the better. Through public health and preventive medicine, ACPM members apply their expertise to improve the health of individuals, families, communities and large populations and address today’s biggest health care challenges.

Preventive medicine physicians work in a variety of settings, including state and local health departments, Fortune 100 companies, health systems, and all levels of government.

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Our Mission

The mission of ACPM is to represent and support preventive medicine specialists in their role as public health and health systems leaders to promote the importance of preventive medicine.
Our mission is to provide support via the following measures:


  • Advance preventive medicine practices throughout public health and health systems.

  • Demonstrate the value of preventive medicine as critical to health and health care and to averting health crises.

  • Develop and provide educational programs for preventive medicine physicians and our colleagues in prevention.

  • Advocate for preventive medicine and preventive medicine physicians in health systems and health policy.

  • Foster and facilitate career opportunities for preventive medicine physicians; and assure the availability of high-quality residency training of preventive medicine physicians in sufficient numbers to meet national needs.


Our Vision

Public health and health systems value the leadership role of preventive medicine to promote healthy lifestyles and population health.

ACPM wants to share our mission & history throughout the medical industry. To engage with your system, administration, or advocates, please share our “About ACPM” fact sheet, below. You can also easily find it in a keyword search if navigating from another ACPM page.



With a deep history in the field of preventive medicine and an impactful mission and vision, our organization is primed to make a difference in the lives of patients and for our members.

We are proud of the support system we have received through effective partnerships and generous donations that improve our resources and advocacy. For those who aren’t yet members, join with us and learn more about what our story is all about!

To get started or for more information, contact us at or call (202) 466-2044.

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