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)

APHA adopted 13 new policy statements at our 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo

Questions about policy statements? Email us.