APHA has a long-standing commitment to global health and was one of the first U.S. non-governmental organizations to become involved in this field.
Since the early 1970s, APHA has had its own program in global health and has collaborated with other organizations to promote better health in other countries around the world. For more information on the history of global health at APHA, please see the published booklet entitled Growth of International Health: An Analysis and History.
As the leading professional association that promotes and protects the health of all people, our diverse membership includes representation from over 100 countries!
Across the association, APHA promotes global health through various programs, activities, and partnerships.
International Human Rights Committee (IHRC)
The International Human Rights Committee is a 10-member group reporting to the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA), focusing on issues around international health and human rights. The purpose of the Committee is to provide a forum to convene health professionals, lawyers, scholars, students, and others in the field to come together to discuss and act on human rights issues impacting public health.
For more information about the committee, visit: http://www.apha.org/about/gov/humanrightscom/
International Health Section
The International Health Section, an active community of 1,600 international health professionals based in the U.S. and overseas, was founded in 1976 to provide leadership and a focus on international public health issues within APHA. It is one of APHA’s 29 discipline-based Sections. Members can connect with the Section by visiting their web page.
International Trade and Health Forum
The forum convenes members with an interest and concern regarding the adverse impacts from international trade agreements (such as NAFTA, CAFTA, and GATS) on public health, both internationally and within the United States. Additionally, the Forum works to educate APHA members about the impact of trade issues on public health, and to protect public health priorities in international trade policy. Learn more about the forum.
APHA works collaboratively with its key partners in global health including: the Pan-American Health Organization, Global Health Council, United Nations Council of Organizations, and the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA).
Walk for Health- Save the Date!
APHA and the Pan American Health Organization are co-sponsoring the Walk for Health on April 6 at 10:00 a.m. This year’s Walk for Health theme is ‘Know Your Number’ as it relates to blood pressure and hypertension as well as ‘Public Health is ROI: Saves Lives, Saves Money.’
WALK FOR HEALTH
WALK FOR YOUR HEART! 3K
140/90 Hypertension Know your numbers
Check your blood pressure. Care for your heart
Celebrating World Health Day and National Public Health Week
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013
TIME: 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.
(meeting time 9:30 a.m.)
WHERE: PAHO/HQ, 525 23rd St., NW,
Washington, DC (it’s free)
(3 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro Station)
Choose Health. Eat Well. Get Moving!
Let’s exercise, walk, run, bike and dance
during this friendly and family-oriented event!
* Free T-Shirts for the first 200 walkers.
More info on PAHO/WHO Facebook,
Walk for Health Event: http://on.fb.me/WLhmSV.
International Travel Opportunities
The American Public Health Association, in consultation with a travel vendor, annually organizes research delegations to Cuba for health professionals as well as graduate students working towards an advanced degree in public health. Participants must be active members of APHA. We recently completed a visit in December 2012. For a summary, click here.
We invite you to join the next delegation to research Cuba’s healthcare system in December 2013. Generally, the specific meetings and topics for discussion are determined based on the composition and research interests of the teams. Trips are also planned for other countries throughout the year. For questions, more information, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact Vina HuLamm: vina.hulamm(at)apha.org.
Pan American Health Organization's Internship and Practicum Program (IPP)
While building human capacity of mid career to senior professionals, PAHO recognizes the importance of a new generation of public health leaders who have an understanding of global health issues and the role of international organizations in achieving the MDGs and other health initiatives. To this end, in summer 2006, PAHO launched the Internship and Practicum Program (IPP). The program trains young and energetic individuals entering the public health field and interested in providing services to the Organization on a voluntary basis, also known as internships/practicum; provides the Organization with young, energetic, skilled human resources; and increases PAHO’s visibility with Universities in the Americas region.
PAHO Interns/volunteers are a diverse group of senior undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students from diverse universities; coming from the U.S., Canada and other countries. They are matched with appropriate technical programs based upon the individual’s interests and skills. Placements are in the PAHO offices or Pan American Centers in the Region.
For more information, please go to: www.paho.org/internships.