This list identifies gaps where APHA either does not have relevant policy statements or the existing policy statements are outdated. APHA aims to adopt policy statements with an ever-green approach, avoiding tying proposals to specific legislation or finite timeframes that could quickly outdate a policy statement.
Any APHA member or APHA component considering submitting a policy statement proposal is strongly encouraged to review this list and collaborate with other APHA components in developing proposals, so that new proposed policy statements fill identified gaps.
- Medical marijuana
- Social determinants of health
- Building capacity and strengthening the public health workforce
- HIV/AIDS – specifically domestic issues
- Mental health as a public health issue
- Clean Air Act/ health impact of air pollution
- Public health impact of energy use
- Modifications to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
- Quality improvement in public health and use of performance measures
- Integration of public health in private medical care and dental care (ie.- reimbursement, surveillance, e-records, health IT)
- Gerontological Health/Active Aging