Benefits of Affiliation

Publication Benefits

  • Complimentary subscription to The Nation's Health. The Nation's Health is the official monthly newspaper of APHA. The paper reports on current legislation and policy issues, provides up-to-date public health practice information and includes open job listings.
  • Complimentary subscription to the American Journal of Public Health. The American Journal of Public Health is APHA's prestigious monthly professional journal. It contains provocative editorials and commentaries, articles on critical health issues, public health briefs and book reviews.

Resource and Leadership Development Benefits

  • Complimentary APHA membership lists for your state to help promote your annual meeting and INCREASE your membership!
  • Complimentary Orientation for Affiliate Leadership. Each year, APHA hosts an orientation program for affiliate Presidents-elect at National Headquarters. During the meeting, Affiliate Presidents-elect are afforded the opportunity to meet and share information with other affiliate leaders; become familiar with APHA's organizational structure, operations, and key staff; and visit their Congressional delegation on Capitol Hill. They are also provided with association building skills such as, membership recruitment and fundraising.
  • Affiliate Mini Grants. APHA offers a variety of mini grants to Affiliates through its Scientific and Professional Affairs Unit.
  • Visit from APHA's President at your state Annual Meeting once every three years with all travel expenses paid by APHA.
  • Affiliate dues discount for Affiliates whose members are also members of APHA. Affiliates are assessed $1.00 for each member and receive a credit of $.75 for each member who is also a member of APHA.
  • Advocacy Training. APHA staff is available to provide advocacy and media relations training upon request. Advocacy and Media Relations manuals are also available.
  • Access to Affiliate Listserv. APHA maintains a listserv that allows Affiliates to share best practices as well as receive information from APHA. To access the APHA Affiliate listserv, send an e-mail message to In the subject line of the message, type "subscribe affiliate-l." (*Please note that the "l" is a lowercase L and not the number 1).
  • Affiliate resource page on the APHA website. This helpful web page includes the latest affiliate news, affiliate leadership rosters, links to affiliate websites, staff contact information, and resources such as, advocacy tips and membership marketing strategies.
  • Bi-Annual conference call with APHA Executive Director. Affiliate Presidents and Executive Directors are invited two times a year to participate in a conference call with APHA Executive Director to discuss the "State of Public Health" and the APHA-Affiliate relationship.

Volunteer Leadership Benefits

  • Participation in the APHA policy development process through representation on the Governing Council. Each affiliate is entitled to select one (1) representative who is also a member of APHA to sit on the Governing Council. The Governing Council's duties include establishing policies for the Association and for the guidance of the Executive Board and officers; amending APHA Bylaws; and adopting rules for the conduct of business. The Governing Council also receives and acts upon reports or recommendations from any organization constituent, the Science Board, Action Board, Education Board, Committee on Affiliates, Intersectional Council, Student Assembly, Standing Committees, and the Executive Board.
  • Representation on the Action Board. Three (3) affiliate representatives sit on the Action board. The Action Board provides guidance on establishing and implementing APHA policy statements and priorities.
  • Representation on the Committee on Membership. One (1) person from each affiliate is appointed to the Committee on Membership. Individuals serve one-year terms of and assist in organizing Association membership recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Representation on the Committee on Affiliates (CoA). Ten regional representatives serve as liaisons between APHA and their geographic region and represent the interests or APHA's affiliated associations. Additional members are also appointed to represent other perspectives important to the APHA/Affiliate relationship and up to three positions are filled by the COA leadership ladder. The Chair of the CoA has an ex-officio seat on the Executive Board.
  • Part of a unified voice that promotes public health nationwide. APHA's 30,000 membership assures an effective voice in Washington and across the nation on issues of concern to public health professionals and consumers of service. Affiliates have an opportunity to contribute their expertise and help shape national, state, and local health policies that solve contemporary world health problems.

Annual Meeting Benefits

  • Scientific sessions organized by the Committee on Affiliates (CoA) to help build organizational development skills.
  • CoA poster sessions.
  • Consideration for three CoA awards presented at the annual CoA reception:
    • Award for Excellence
    • Affiliate of the Year
    • Chair's Citation