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APHA News Releases

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New APHA Press book provides comprehensive toolkit for combatting opioid crisis

Date:

MAY 07 2024

The Opioid Epidemic in the U.S. is an ongoing crisis, leaving devastated communities and shattered families in its wake. "Responding to the Opioid Epidemic: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners" provides the practical guidance on prevention, treatment and recovery that public health practitioners need.

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APHA applauds EPA for new rules that reduce power plant pollution and benefit health

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APR 25 2024

APHA announces its strong support for a suite of new rules issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce dangerous pollution from the power sector, including significant reductions in carbon pollution, mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from existing coal-fired and future natural gas-fired power plants.

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The American Public Health Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics applaud USDA’s school nutrition rule

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APR 24 2024

The American Public Health Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics support improved nutrition and flexibilities to serve local and traditional tribal foods that are possible with updates finalized in the school nutrition standards announced April 24, 2024 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These school nutrition standards will support a healthier school day for millions of children across the country.

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Amicus Brief Urges Supreme Court to Protect Public Health and Uphold EMTALA

Date:

APR 02 2024

Leading public health and health care organizations and 133 distinguished deans and public health, health professions, and health law and policy scholars file friend-of-the-court brief to protect the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act in Idaho v. United States

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APHA applauds historic EPA asbestos rule

Date:

MAR 18 2024

The American Public Health Association today praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for releasing a final rule banning the import and use of chrysotile asbestos. Asbestos, a known carcinogen, is responsible for more than 40,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

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Biden’s proposed 2025 budget bolsters public health

Date:

MAR 12 2024

The modest funding increases outlined in President Biden’s fiscal year 2025 budget proposal would bolster the public health system’s ability to combat the many urgent challenges facing the nation, including public health emergencies, violence prevention and other ongoing public health threats.

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APHA applauds Biden’s commitment to public health

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MAR 07 2024

As we all prepare for the 2024 State of the Union, APHA has listed some of Biden's successes and our hopes for his future initiatives.

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Mass shooting in Kansas City highlights need for sensible gun laws

Date:

FEB 15 2024

The American Public Health Association condemns yesterday’s mass shooting in Kansas City. We see it as a sign that we have waited too long to pass the sensible and comprehensive policies this nation needs, and encourage our representatives to do so.

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APHA welcomes updated, stronger particulate matter pollution standard

Date:

FEB 07 2024

APHA is pleased that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a critical final rule today that will update the annual national ambient air quality standard for particulate matter pollution.

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APHA mourns the passing of past president, June Jackson Christmas

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JAN 22 2024

The American Public Health Association is deeply saddened by the loss of visionary leader, compassionate advocate, renowned psychiatrist and former APHA President, Dr. June Jackson Christmas.

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APHA adopts new public health policy statements

Date:

JAN 19 2024

APHA’s Governing Council adopted seven new policy statements focused on the critical issues of vaccine equity, youth physical activity programs, incarcerated patient care, forcible displacement of people living unsheltered, fall prevention in older adults and public health requests within enduring international conflict. These policies will help shape APHA's position on legislation and regulations and be utilized to write briefs, fact sheets, reports and statements on these public health topics.

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Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments Considering Deference to Federal Executive Agencies in Loper and Relentless Cases

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JAN 17 2024

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments considering deference to federal executive agencies in Loper and Relentless cases today. These cases put in question the “Chevron deference” that protects the legal stability of public health programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Overturning this long-standing precedent threatens nation’s health care system by undermining authority of federal agencies.

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Public health implications of the Israel-Hamas War

Date:

NOV 03 2023

APHA is a staunch supporter of peaceful methods to resolve our differences. The Israel-Hamas war has brought into sharp focus the devastating impact of war. APHA is calling on all parties directly and indirectly involved to find a quick and just end to the violence, ensure the safe release of all hostages, protect all health and aid workers, safeguard health facilities and ensure prompt and sufficient humanitarian aid.

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APHA officially commences grant program that will create cooler, healthier cities

Date:

OCT 24 2023

APHA’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity has awarded $75,000 grants to six state Affiliates to support at-risk communities and the transition towards Smart Surfaces as part of the Smart Surfaces Coalition.

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Five APHA members elected to National Academy of Medicine

Date:

OCT 13 2023

APHA recognizes that five of the newly elected members of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) (Debra M. Furr-Holden, PhD; Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, MD; Keshia M. Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH; Joseph B. Richardson Jr., PhD, MA; and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD) are current APHA members

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Public health leaders call on policymakers to prioritize buildings as instruments of public health

Date:

SEP 26 2023

A dozen public health leaders urge policymakers to rethink building policies to place human health at the forefront

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APHA releases two groundbreaking books tackling health equity and reproductive health

Date:

SEP 26 2023

APHA Press announces the release of Black Women’s Reproductive Health and Sexuality: A Holistic Public Health Approach, and Health Inequities, and African Americans: A Comprehensive Examination.

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National Health Groups Urge Supreme Court to Protect Executive Agencies’ Authority in Case of Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo

Date:

SEP 22 2023

Amicus brief filed by leading public health, consumer and provider groups, including APHA, states that overturning long-standing "Chervon deference" precedent would disrupt the nation's health care system by risking important work on federal agencies.

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Coalition of nation’s leading organizations of medical and public health professionals defends Medicare drug price negotiation program in brief to court

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SEP 18 2023

The coalition submitted a friend of the court brief supporting the Inflation Reduction Act’s (IRA) Medicare drug pricing negotiation program and explaining that it will help improve patient outcomes and public health.

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APHA announces 2023 awards for excellence in public health

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AUG 31 2023

APHA announces 2023 awards for excellence in public health

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New book Policy Engagement empowers public health professionals to create change

Date:

AUG 08 2023

APHA Press and the de Beaumont Foundation announce the release of Strategic Skills for Public Health Practice: Policy Engagement.

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Bipartisan Senate FY 2024 Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bill Funds Most Public Health Agencies and Programs

Date:

JUL 28 2023

APHA Applauds Bipartisan Senate FY 2024 Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bill for Funding Most Public Health Agencies and Programs

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House FY 2024 Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bill would Threaten Public Health and Safety

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JUL 14 2023

House FY 2024 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill would threaten public health and safety

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Devastating Ruling from Supreme Court Strikes Down Affirmative Action

Date:

JUN 29 2023

Statement from APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD