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About APHA

"We all deserve access to a culture of health – living as long as you can, as well as you can and having a short but glorious ending. It also means having a system in place that ensures we can all achieve it." – APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD


APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public's health.

Our Mission
Improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status

Our Vision
Create the healthiest nation in one generation

Our Values
Our values reflect the beliefs of our members from all disciplines of public health and over 40 countries.

Our strategic plan

APHA publishes the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation's Health newspaper. At our Annual Meeting and Expo, thousands of people share the latest public health research. We lead public awareness campaigns such as Get Ready and National Public Health Week. Together, we are creating the healthiest nation in one generation. 

Get involved. Join us in discussing the latest news and research, sharing best practices and advocating for the health of all people.

APHA is a 501(c)(3) organization. And we're a Bicycle-Friendly Business!

Read the "Public Health Code of Ethics" (PDF)

Review APHA's Code of Conduct (PDF)

Contact Us.

APHA Resource Center
This clearinghouse for information about the history of the Association houses the:

  • Association library — books and reports published by APHA as well as general works on public health.
  • Association archives —  the repository such institutional records as Executive Board and Governing Council meeting minutes, Annual Meeting programs, journals and other periodicals, Affiliate and Section Materials, photographs and audiovisual documentation of APHA programs.

For more resource center information, contact APHA Archivist Wendy Shay.