American Public Health Association
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Benefits of Affiliation

Publication Benefits

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 can: 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 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 participate, send an email message to the listserv administrator.
  • Affiliate resource page on the APHA website including 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's executive director to discuss the "State of Public Health" and the APHA-Affiliate relationship.

Volunteer Leadership Benefits

  • Participation in the APHA policy development process. Each affiliate is entitled to select one 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.
  • Representation on the Action Board. Three 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 person from each affiliate is appointed to the Committee on Membership. Individuals serve one-year terms and assist in organizing Association membership recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Representation on the Committee on Affiliates. Ten regional representatives serve as liaisons between APHA and their geographic region and represent the interests of 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-person membership assures an effective voice in Washington and across the nation on issues of concern to public health professionals and consumers. Affiliates have an opportunity to contribute their expertise and help shape national, state and local health policies.

Annual Meeting Benefits

  • Scientific sessions organized by the Committee on Affiliates 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