Policy Statements

APHA members develop policy statements on key public health topics, from obesity control to breastfeeding to control of infectious diseases to eliminating health disparities. Proposed policy statements only become official APHA policy statements after approval by the APHA Governing Council at the Annual Meeting.

Our policy statements:

  • help shape APHA's position on legislation and regulations.
  • are used to write briefs and statements on many public health issues.
  • highlight the latest research on specific public health topics.
  • are the source of information for reference and resource information for the public, such as infographics, fact sheets and reports.

How APHA policy statements are developed (a Public Health Newswire Q & A)

Learn more about APHA's policy statements and how you can use them. (PDF)

Watch the webinar: APHA Policy Statement Development Process (presented by APHA Joint Policy Committee co-chairs)

APHA adopted 12 new policy statements at our 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo:

20181  Promoting Leadership to Scale Up of Oral Rehydration Salts with Zinc Uptake and Reduce Diarrhea Mortality Globally in Children Under 5 Years
20182  The Environmental and Occupational Health Impacts of the Unconventional Oil and Gas Industry
20183  The Public Health Impact of Energy Policy in the United States
20184  Reducing Suicides by Firearms
20185  Violence is a Public Health Issue: Public Health is Essential to Understanding and Treating Violence in the U.S.
20186  Supporting Regulation of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)
20187  The Global Prevention and Elimination of Tuberculosis Among Health Workers 
20188  Advancing the Health of Refugees and Displaced Persons
20189  Achieving Health Equity in the United States
201810  International Food Security and Public Health: Supporting Initiatives and Actions
201811  Addressing Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue
LB-18-01  APHA Opposes Separation of Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families at U.S. Borders

Questions about policy statements? Email us.