Policy Statement Development Process

The policy statement development process is how APHA addresses external policy matters. It is intended solely to develop recommendations for the policy guidance of others.

These guidelines, adopted by the Governing Council, are to give direction to the Association's policy statement development process by setting forth principles to govern, and outlining procedures to guide, the coordinated participation of all parties. The Executive Board is charged to monitor operation of the policy statement development process, to assure adherence to the principles set forth here and to report any procedural modifications adopted to facilitate the development of more valid public policy for APHA. The Joint Policy Committee is charged with overseeing the annual policy statement development process. Note: Only APHA members and submit proposed policy statements.

Explore these resources to learn more about the policy statement development process:

Policy Statement Development Process Policies and Procedures (PDF)

Author Guidelines (PDF)

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

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

Timeline (Current and upcoming review cycles)

2019
2019 Policy Statement Development and Review Calendar (PDF)
2019 Policy Statement Gaps (PDF)

2020 
2020 Policy Statement Development and Review Calendar (PDF)

2021
2021 Policy Statement Development and Review Calendar (PDF)

Submission

2019
Regular submissions for the 2019 policy statement development cycle have closed.

Proposed policy statements that are related directly to emergent events that occurred after the February submission deadline for the 2019 review cycle may be submitted as a late-breaker. Late-breaker submissions must be submitted to policy@apha.org by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2019.

2020
For review in the 2020 cycle, proposed policy statements must be submitted to policy@apha.org by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2020.

When submitting a proposal, authors MUST complete and attach:

  1. Policy Statement Proposal Checklist (Word file)
  2. Author Disclosure Statement (Word file) for each author
  3. Sponsorship and/or Endorsement Letters (if applicable)

All supporting documents must be provided at the time of submission to be considered in the review process. Late proposals WILL NOT be accepted.

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