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 Policy Statement Proposals page. (You must be logged in using your member ID and password to view this page.)

APHA's Governing Council adopted 18 policy statements at its 2015 Annual Meeting session. Two policy statements were late-breakers and will serve as interim policy statements for one year. The following 2015 policy statements are now final and have been added to the policy statement database:

20151: Opposition to Requirements for Hospital Admitting Privileges and Transfer Agreements for Abortion Providers 
20152: Restricted Access to Abortions Violates Human Rights, Precludes Reproductive Justice, and Demands Public Health Intervention 
20153: Universal Access to Contraception
20154: Prevention and Intervention Strategies to Decrease Misuse of Prescription Pain Medications
20155: Cleanup of U.S. Military Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan
20156: Reducing Flame Retardants in Building Insulation to Protect Public Health
20157: Public Health Opportunities to Address the Health Effects of Climate Change
20158: Preventing Occupational Transmission of Globally Emerging Infectious Disease Threats 
20159: Prevention of Lyme Disease and other Tick-borne Diseases to Protect Workers’ and the Public’s Health
201510: Addressing human relevance in alcohol use disorders
201511: Impact of Preemptive Laws on Public Health 
201512: Ensuring Trade Agreements Promote Public Health
201513: Improving Availability and Access to Individual Worker Fatality Data
201514: Building environments and a public health workforce to support physical activity in older adults
201515: The Role of Health Education Specialists in a Post-Health Reform Environment
201516: Expanding and Coordinating Human Trafficking Related Public Health Research, Education, and Prevention
LB-15-01: Opportunities for Health Collaboration: Leveraging Community Development Investments to Improve Health in Low-Income Neighborhoods
LB-15-02: Opposition to Policies Requiring a Negative HIV Test as a Condition of Employment for Foreign Nationals

For more information on the new policy statements, check out our news release or email us.

Questions about the policy statement development process? Email us.