Policy Statements

In addition to APHA’s 25,000 members, the organization represents another 25,000 individuals who are members of our affiliated state and regional public health associations and others who are committed to creating a health global society. APHA members and staff work closely with members of Congress, regulatory agencies and other public health organizations to ensure that public health is priority in the legislative and policymaking process.

The policy statement development process for the Association is designed to be open to full participation of the membership and to ensure careful review by appropriate APHA boards, committees and other membership entities. Policy statements adopted through this process provide a record of the Association's stance on a variety of public health issues and reflect the diverse interests of the APHA membership. For more information, email us.


Late-breaker submission deadline is November 5.  A late-breaker is a proposed policy statement that is related directly to important, emergent events that occur after the regular policy statement proposal submission deadline has passed. Before submitting a proposed late-breaker for consideration, read the late-breaker policy statement process document to learn more about the submission and review criteria and procedures. Late-breaker policy statement proposals are due by Nov. 5, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET to policy@apha.org.


The Policy Statement Archiving process is currently underway:
 34 policy statements from the 1960s are under review for archiving this year. To learn more about how to work with your group to submit archiving recommendations, view our brief APHA policy statement archiving webinar.


 Minutes from the JPC's Spring Business Meeting are now available below:

Additional Resources:

Policy Review and Archiving Process   

Evidence Framework - Final 2013 document