Policy Statements

APHA members develop policy statements on key public health topics, from obesity control to breastfeeding to control of infectious diseases to eliminating health disparities. Proposed policy statements only become official APHA policy statements after approval by the APHA Governing Council at the Annual Meeting.

Our policy statements:

  • help shape APHA's position on legislation and regulations.
  • are used to write briefs and statements on many public health issues.
  • highlight the latest research on specific public health topics.
  • are the source of information for reference and resource information for the public, such as infographics, fact sheets and reports.

Learn more about APHA's policy statements and how you can use them. (PDF)

APHA adopted 11 new policy statements at its 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo. The policy statements are currently undergoing copyediting and will be posted here and in the Policy Statement Database as they are finalized. For more information on this year's policy statements, check out our news release

2016 Policy Statements
20161: Access to Integrated Medical and Oral Health Services 
LB-16-01: The United Nations' Accountability for its Role in the Haitian Cholera Epidemic

Questions about the policy statement development process? Email us.