APHA joins March for Science

Date: Apr 07 2017

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Rallies APHA members, public health partners to participate in marches across the nation

Washington, D.C., April 7, 2017 —The American Public Health Association announced its enthusiastic support today for the March for Science, set for April 22 in Washington, D.C., and communities around the world.

"We are proud to join the scientific community in celebrating the remarkable role science has played in improving our lives,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, APHA executive director. “APHA represents tens of thousands of professionals who practice evidence-based public health every day in communities across the globe investigating disease outbreaks, vaccinating kids and adults, keeping our food and water safe, promoting physical activity, preventing injury, curbing tobacco use, delivering health care and much more. Science is the foundation of all we do.

"Science and evidence-based decision-making are essential to effective public health practice. Likewise enacting evidence-based public policies such as seat belt safety laws, cancer screening guidelines and air pollution standards is absolutely essential to assuring the public’s health.

"We are encouraged by the March for Science and its initiative for generating greater public awareness and support for science and the public health professionals and other scientists who perform this vitally important work."

APHA is mobilizing its members and state-based public health associations to participate in the March for Science at the national event or local marches, and has designed T-shirts to raise awareness. Learn more.

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