APHA is the primary voice for public health advocacy, leading the way to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and striving to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials.
APHA, in coordination with its members and state affiliates, works with key decision-makers to shape public policy to address today's ongoing public health concerns such as ensuring access to care, protecting funding for core public health programs and services and eliminating health disparities. APHA is also working to address other critical public health issues including public health and emergency preparedness, food safety, hunger and nutrition, climate change and other environmental health issues, public health infrastructure, disease control, international health and tobacco control.
Highlights and New Resources:
- NEW! View the National Public Health Week Capitol Hill briefing presentations.
- Check out APHA's public health infographic!
- Take Action! Participate in APHA's legislative action alerts and urge policymakers to vote for and act on behalf of public health programs and services.
- Stay Informed: Sign up for APHA action alerts, legislative updates, and more.
View our Legislative Update page and stay informed about important federal legislative activity and notable state legislative activity. (APHA members only)
- See the APHA and Coalition Letters sent to policy makers advocacy for or against public health legislation and regulations.
- Public Health ACTion (PHACT) Campaign: APHA mobilized advocates for public health during the 2012 August recess.
Health Reform: Visit APHA's health reform resource pages for reports, analyses, fact sheets, APHA statements and other resources on the Affordable Care Act.
Coming to DC? Are you, your section or other APHA group planning a trip to Washington, DC? Make visiting your members of Congress part of your agenda!
- Get involved in APHA's policy development process! Check the 2012 Policy Process Calendar for important deadlines and information.