Speak For Health

Speak for Health An Initiative of the American Public Health Association

Speak for Health is how APHA members stand up for public health interests.

APHA believes public health professionals deserve a stronger voice in public health advocacy. Together, we can change the narrative and turn the tide. #SpeakForHealth

APHA is the leading voice for public health in Washington. The policies we advance are based in science, research and member-led processes. 

Join us and Speak for Health — for today and future generations.

How can you #SpeakForHealth?

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Speak for Health resources



Letter to House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee leaders signed by a bipartisan group of 76 representatives in support of $10 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in FY 2022 

Friends of HRSA FY 2022 request letter to House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee leaders (March 8)

CDC Coalition FY 2022 request letter to House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee leaders (March 1)

Organization letter urging a significant, long-term investment in public health infrastructure in future legislation to speed the response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Feb. 12)

Fact sheets

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration (PDF) 

Developing a Financing System to Support Public Health Infrastructure (PDF)

CDC funding state fact sheets

HRSA funding state fact sheets


Support for the Affordable Care Act, improvements and impacts of repeal

Letters and briefs

  • APHA, American Academy of Nursing and public health deans and scholars amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of upholding and maintaining the Affordable Care Act regardless of the court's decision on the constitutionality of the ACA's individual mandate (May 13)

Fact sheets and other supporting documents

Letters and background



  • APHA letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Congressional action on gun violence prevention legislation (March 22)

  • Organization letter to Congress in support of legislation to strengthen background checks for firearm purchases (March 10)

  • APHA letter to the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 (March 8)

Other resources


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