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 policy-making 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 policy@apha.org.

2013 Policy Statements now available online:
The 17 policy statements passed by the Governing Council during the 2013 Annual Meeting can now be found within the APHA Policy Statement Database. For more information about these recently passed policy statements, review the APHA news release.

The 2014 APHA policy statement review process is underway:
Accepted 2014 policy statement proposals are now posted on the APHA website and members may begin their review. Note that the member review form has been updated and this latest version should be used.
Members should submit a separate form for each proposal. All member reviews are due to policy@apha.org by April 2.

Policy Statement communication guidelines: Proposals became official APHA policy statements following the Governing Council's vote of approval at the Annual Meeting. Refer to the APHA policy statement communication guidelines for more details about how the policy statements are finalized, distributed, communicated about and utilized once they have been adopted by APHA.    

2014 Joint Policy Committee Roster

2013 Policy Statement Cycle:

 Past JPC Minutes  

Additional Resources:

Policy Review and Archiving Process