Policy Statements

APHA members develop policy statements on key public health topics, from obesity control 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.

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. (PDF)

The 2017 policy statement development cycle is currently underway. Policy statement proposals are due by Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information, including important dates and submission requirements, visit our Policy Statement Development Process page.

APHA adopted 11 new policy statements at our 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo. The policy statements are currently undergoing copyediting and will be posted here and in the Policy Statement Database as they are finalized. For more information on the new policy statements, check out our news release

2016 Policy Statements
20161: Access to Integrated Medical and Oral Health Services 
20162: Strengthening the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to Achieve an HIV/AIDS-Free Generation 
20163: Reducing Human Exposure to Highly Fluorinated Chemicals to Protect Public Health 
20164: Compulsory Pasteurization of All Non-Human-Derived Animal Milk Products Intended for Human Consumption 
20165: Addressing Social Determinants to Ensure On-Time Graduation
20166: Opportunities for Health Collaboration: Leveraging Community Development Investments to Improve Health in Low-Income Neighborhoods
20167: Improving Health by Increasing the Minimum Wage
LB-16-01: The United Nations' Accountability for its Role in the Haitian Cholera Epidemic
LB-16-02: Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue

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