What is a policy statement?
APHA members develop policy statements on key public health topics, from obesity to breastfeeding to control of infectious diseases to eliminating health disparities. Proposed policy statements only become official APHA policy statements after approval by the APHA Governing Council at the Annual Meeting.
How can I use APHA policy statements?
Our policy statements:
- help shape APHA's position on legislation and regulations.
- are used to write briefs and statements on many public health issues.
- highlight the latest research on specific public health topics.
- are the source of information for reference and resource information for the public, such as infographics, fact sheets and reports.
Learn more about APHA's policy statements and how you can use them by watching this video and reviewing this document.
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APHA policy statement database
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The following policy statements were adopted by the Governing Council on November 8, 2022. The deadline to submit a proposed policy statement into the 2023 development and review cycle is February 13, 2023. For more information on how to submit, please review the policy statement development process webpage.
*Latebreaker Policy Statements must be resubmitted and approved in the full 2023 proposed policy cycle. Otherwise, they will archive at the close of the 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo