Advocacy for Public Health

APHA, in coordination with its members and state and regional Affiliates, works with key decision-makers to shape public policy to address today's ongoing public health concerns. Those include ensuring access to care, protecting funding for core public health programs and services and eliminating health disparities. APHA is also working on other critical public health issues including public health and emergency preparedness, food safety, hunger and nutrition, climate change and other environmental health issues, public health infrastructure, disease control, international health and tobacco control.

The Power of Advocacy (PDF): Public health is discussed in various capacities by local, state and federal decision-makers every day. Without the voice of those who possess both expertise and experience in public health, legislation, regulations and other policy decisions may not reflect what is best for the public's health. The time to be an advocate is now.  



  • Sign up for APHA action alerts, legislative updates and more.
  • View our Legislative Update page and stay informed about important federal legislative activity and notable state legislative activity.
  • See APHA and coalition letters sent to policymakers about public health legislation and regulations.
  • Visit APHA's health reform pages for reports, analyses, fact sheets, APHA statements and other resources on the Affordable Care Act.