American Public Health Association
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APHA Sections

Aging and Public Health - Works to stimulate public health actions to improve the health, functioning, and quality of life of older persons and to call attention to their health care needs.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs - Promotes public health policy approaches to prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems at all levels.

Applied Public Health Statistics - Develops and designs effective, uniform statistical programs and studies for recognition, analysis, and solution of emerging health problems and needs.

Chiropractic Health Care- Enhances public health through the application of chiropractic knowledge to the community by conservative care, disease prevention and health promotion.

Community Health Planning and Policy Development - Influences the design of health systems and policies that are responsive to a changing society, by bringing together technical information and the expertise of communities, health professionals, business, and government.

Community Health Workers - The Community Health Workers (CHW) Section seeks to promote the community's voice within the health care system through development of the role of Community Health Workers (including Promotores de Salud, Community Health Representatives, Community Health Advisors and related titles) and provides a forum to share resources and strategies.

Disability - Works to broaden the knowledge base and awareness regarding disability and related phenomena among all public health professions, and to provide policy advice to APHA on public health policies and programs for prevention and services to enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities, including increased public and professional awareness.

Environment - Works to focus attention on human health effects of environmental factors; helps to shape national environmental health and protection policies.

Epidemiology - Fosters epidemiologic research and science-based public health practice and serve as a conduit between the epidemiologic research community and users of scientific information for the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies affecting the public's health.

Food and Nutrition - Contributes to long range planning in food, nutrition and health policy which affects the nutritional well-being of the public.

Health Administration - Concentrates on improvement of health service administration, including cost-benefit and operations research, program activities, finances, standards, and monitoring the organization of health services.

Health Informatics Information Technology – Improves the public’s health and promotes prevention and early intervention by advancing the use of innovative and effective information technology and informatics applications.

HIV/AIDS - Provides a professional base for members of diverse disciplines to combine talents and interests to help in the stuggle with the HIV-AIDS pandemic; provides leadership to members on HIV-AIDS issues and needs.

Injury Control and Emergency Health Services - Provides a national forum for professionals in injury prevention, emergency health care services, and disaster preparedness to work towards a comprehensive approach to the control of injuries, the services provided during emergencies, and the management of hazards.

International Health - Acts as a focal point for APHA international health activities; encourages consideration of international issues in APHA activities.

Law - Encourages recognition and analysis of law's influence on public health programs, access to services, and health outcomes.

Maternal and Child Health - Contributes to policy development in adolescent health, child advocacy, injury prevention, family violence, and perinatal care; keeps members current on related issues.

Medical Care - Encourages research, analysis, and policy development on organization, financing, and delivery of medical care; strives for an affordable, accessible system of high quality.

Mental Health - Promotes public health policy and educational programs dedicated to enhancing the mental health of all persons and to improving the quality of health care for the mentally ill.

Occupational Health and Safety - Strives to promote a healthy and safe working environment by organizing around current issues; contributes to policy development regarding occupational health and safety.

Oral Health - Promotes the importance of oral health and increasing the public's access to oral health preventive and treatment services; monitors and communicates the oral health needs of the public.

Physical Activity- Created to provide a credible and visible home within APHA for Physical Activity  practitioners, researchers, advocates, and  partners. Our objectives include implementing annual meeting activities to meet the needs of professional and student members. We also seek to enhance the development and dissemination of evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence. Furthermore, we will strive to facilitate the inclusion of PA in public health policy and advocacy.

Podiatric Health - Advocates a national, preventive foot health strategy; ensures consideration of podiatric concerns in the formation of public health policy.

Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health - Addresses issues involving population, family planning, and reproductive health; seeks to ensure that these issues and services remain major domestic and international priorities.

Public Health Education and Health Promotion - Promotes the advancement of the health promotion and education profession and provides a forum for public health educators and those involved in health promotion activities to discuss ideas, research, and training; promotes activities related to training public health professionals.

Public Health Nursing - Advances this specialty through leadership in the development of public health nursing practice and research; assures consideration of nursing concerns by providing mechanisms for interdisciplinary nursing collaboration in public health policy and program endeavors.

Public Health Social Work- Establishes standards for social work in health care settings; contributes to the development of public health social work practice and research; promotes social work programs in the public health field.

School Health Education and Services - Focuses on development and improvement of health services, health education programs, and environmental conditions in schools, colleges, and early childhood care settings; advances public health in all school settings.

Vision Care - Promotes recognition of the need for an effective, equitable, and affordable vision care system for the public; advises on organization, delivery, and financing of vision care services.