Deadlines for new policy submissions

+ February 4

The Action Board Policy Committee, in coordination with staff, will identify the specific policies that fall within the selected subject areas approved by the JPC to be considered for review and will forward a list of all policies to be reviewed in each selected subject area to the JPC.

* February 17

Proposed new resolutions and position papers for the 2009 New Policy Process are due in electronic form to APHA headquarters by 11:59 p.m. (EST). Proposals should be sent to (See Preliminary Processing)

+ February 25

JPC conference call to consider the list of policies coordinated by the Action Board Policy Committee and staff for review for possible archiving.

* February 26

Proposed new policy statements posted on APHA Web site for APHA member review.

* March 31

Member comments on proposed new policies are due by 11:59 p.m. (EST) to

* April 20-22

JPC, Science Board and Education Board meet to review proposed new policy statements and member comments. (See Initial JPC Review)

* May 6

Deadline for JPC to send letters to authors of proposed new policies with comments and assessments.

+ May 21

For the policy review process, each Section, Affiliate, SPIG and Caucus completes its reviews of the policies assigned to it and reports their recommendations to the JPC. Comments from individual members are also due at this time. All comments should be submitted to The Action Board Policy Committee collates the recommendations received by all Sections, Affiliates, SPIGS and Caucuses and provides the list to the JPC.

+ June 9

JPC conference call to review the collated review recommendations and create a preliminary consent calendar that contains a JPC proposed disposition for each policy reviewed in the policy review process. (See May 21)

* June 16

New policies revised based on JPC comments and any appeals of negative assessments are due to APHA and should be e-mailed to by 11:59 p.m. (EST).

+ July 10

The preliminary consent calendar and the collated recommendations for reviewed policies recommended for archiving are posted on the APHA website, Members Only section, and an e-mail alert is sent to all APHA members.

* + July

APHA's Executive Board considers the preliminary archiving consent calendar that contains a JPC proposed disposition for each reviewed policy and any appeals of new policies rejected by the JPC.

* Late July

Finalized new proposed policy statements posted on APHA Web site

+ August 28

Deadline for member comments on archiving consent calendar, due to by 11:59 p.m. (EST).

+ Mid-September

JPC reviews the comments and concerns and finalizes the consent calendar for policies recommended for archiving.

* November 7

Latebreaking new policies due by 6:00 p.m. (EST) in electronic format to No exceptions will be made. (See Other Provisions)

* November 8

Public hearings for proposed new policies held at Annual Meeting (See Public Hearings)

* November 9

JPC develops final recommendations for proposed new policies to present to the Governing Council (See Final JPC Report)

* + November 10

Governing Council considers JPC recommendations on new proposed policies and policies proposed for archiving.

* New Policy Process  

+ Review and Archiving Policy Process