Public health plays a critical and often unseen role ensuring the health of our communities. Read more about the people and programs that are helping to create the healthiest nation in one generation.
Case studies in health equity
Achieving health equity is a guiding principle of APHA. In Better health through equity, find out how public health workers used community partnerships to improve health by addressing high school graduation rates, racial injustice and inequities.
Public health Q&As
Responding quickly to emergencies like floods and hurricanes. Making sure clinical trials are diverse. Putting public health front and center in transportation decisions. Protecting access to reproductive health services. Exploring emerging disease threats like the Zika virus. Improving education, health and fitness for underprivileged youth. Tracking foodborne illness outbreaks. Those are just a few of the public health issues today's leaders are tackling. Check out our Public Health Q&As to read more about the pressing issues of the day.
Who is public health?
Some of our members share why they work in the field, what innovative projects they’re involved with and the ways their APHA membership helps them achieve their professional goals. Visit our "Who is Public Health?" page to find out how public health makes a difference by getting to know a few APHA members, like Lea Dooley.
Finding the joy
I have worked in HIV since 1988. I never thought I would still be in the same field but honestly nothing else has seemed as exciting, or as meaningful as working with people and communities to manage conditions they are afraid to discuss. I have been fortunate enough to work overseas in Asia and Africa while still being current on domestic health issues. Name another field that gives you so much flexibility and joy!
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