Reports and Issue Briefs

APHA highlights the latest research to develop reports and issue briefs on critical public health issues such as environmental health, health equity, and violence and injury prevention.


2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: Brief for the United States of America (PDF) focuses on connections between climate change and health in the United States in 2017. The brief draws out some of the most nationally relevant findings of the 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change report, highlighting key threats and opportunities.  





Supreme Court buildingAssessment of Key Constitutional, Health and Public Policy Positions, Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Nominee, U.S. Supreme Court (PDF) highlights Kavanaugh's position on such issues as the Affordable Care Act, Clean Air Act protections, reproductive health care and gun violence prevention. APHA also sent a letter to senators regarding Kavanaugh's record.  




Climate change is any change in average weather that lasts for a long period of time. Climate change can affect public health by harming the water supply, increasing vector-borne disease and increasing extreme weather events.

Climate Change, Health and Equity

Climate Change, Health and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments
(PDF) is a comprehensive resource to help local public health departments integrate climate change and health equity into practice. Download higher resolution guide chapters on our Climate Change, Health and Equity page.

Adaptation in Action Part II

Adaptation in Action Part II: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program (PDF) shows how health departments across the country are responding to the challenge of climate change by building partnerships, developing new communications tools and more. (2018)




Environmental Health is the branch of public health that: focuses on the relationships between people and the environment; promotes human health and well-being; and fosters healthy and safe communities.

Priorities in Tribal Public Health


Tribal Priorities in Public Health (PDF) recognizes the environmental injustices and lack of health equity that impact Indian Country and calls for action to remedy the deeply rooted causes of poor health to achieve a healthier future (2018).



Environmental Health Playbook

The Environmental Health Playbook (PDF) provides case examples that show the need for a strong and equitable system and standard approaches that ensure environmental health equity, protections and access for all — particularly vulnerable and at-risk populations. (2017) 



collage of people biking and walking


Partnering with Metropolitan Planning Organizations to Advance Health (PDF) outlines the core responsibilities of a Metropolitan Planning Organization and how public health practitioners can collaborate with them to advance healthy communities. (2017)




people riding bikes

The Biking & Walking Benchmarking Report Website: An Online Tool to Support Health Equity (PDF) white paper demonstrates how public health practitioners can use active transportation data providing on the Benchmarking Report website to assess and inform efforts toward health equity. (2018)




Creating health equity is a guiding priority of APHA. By health equity, we mean everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health.

smiling mother and father in doctor's office

All Health is Connected: Can Leveraging Women's Health Care Help Narrow Gaps in Black Men's Health? (PDF)explores how preconception and pregnancy-related care can help underserved black men find a medical home of their own. (2018)




Graduation from high school is the leading predictor of adult health, according to Healthy People 2020. APHA's Center for School, Health and Education focuses on reducing health inequities and increasing graduation rates among high-risk and vulnerable children and adults.

smiling student in cap and gown

The Dropout Crisis: A Public Health Problem and the Role of School-Based Health Care (PDF) unpacks the societal cost of school dropout and identifies school-based, public health prevention strategies. (2018)



smiling schoolkids

School-Based Health Centers: Improving Health, Well-Being and Educational Success (PDF) explores the most common barriers to high school graduation and discusses opportunities for school-based health centers and their partners to address those barriers at the school-wide population level. (2018)



boarded up building

Chronic Stress and the Risk of High School Dropout (PDF) describes the causes and impacts of chronic stress, the implications for health and education professionals and recommendations for improving student outcomes. (2018)