CASHE was founded in the spring of 1979 as an outgrowth of Associated Health Educators Los Angeles (AHELA), the official LAUSD health teacher group. CASHE was the brainchild of Gail Rolf from Clay Junior High School and Ken Cross and Ric Loya from Huntington Park High School. The first Board of Directors of CASHE included Ric Loya, President Gail Rolf, Vice President Mike Whittington of Long Beach Wilson, Treasurer Gary Schur from Nobel Junior High, Secretary and Members-at-Large Dave Ptashne from Kennedy High School, and Ruth Linden from Dorsey High School. The importance of having cash for CASHE even existed in 1979 at which time annual membership was FIVE dollars. Dr. Peter Cortese, Director of the Federal Office of Comprehensive Health, which later became the CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health, summed up his thoughts about CASHE when he said, “It’s time we [health teachers] stop being pushed around.” So CASHE was born as a professional teachers “union” of sorts to fight for health education. Lastly, the big buzz concept back in the founding year was the sinful, communist plot in public schools called “values clarification.” Our focus on the classroom health teacher remains today; the President of CASHE must be a full time health teacher; however, our membership includes all individuals advocating for health education.
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