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Our Mission


Create the healthiest nation in one generation


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

What we do

The American Public Health Association works to advance the health of all people and all communities. As the nation’s leading public health organization, APHA strengthens the impact of public health professionals and provides a science-based voice in policy debates too often driven by emotion, ideology or financial interests. APHA is at the forefront of efforts to advance prevention, reduce health disparities and promote wellness.

Overarching priorities

  • Building Public Health Infrastructure and Capacity
  • Ensuring the Right to Health and Health Care
  • Creating Health Equity