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 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 is currently in the midst of the 2016 policy statement development cycle. For more information about the status of this year's policy statement proposals, visit the Proposed Policy Statements page. (You must be logged in using your member ID and password to view this page.)

Questions about the policy statement development process? Email us.