Policy Statement Development Process

The policy statement development process is how APHA addresses external policy matters. It is intended solely to develop recommendations for the policy guidance of others.

These guidelines, adopted by the Governing Council, are to give direction to the Association's policy statement development process by setting forth principles to govern, and outlining procedures to guide, the coordinated participation of all parties. The Executive Board is charged to monitor operation of the policy statement development process, to assure adherence to the principles set forth here and to report any procedural modifications adopted to facilitate the development of more valid public policy for APHA. The Joint Policy Committee is charged with overseeing the annual policy statement development process.

For more information, check out the Policy Statement Development Process Policies and Procedures (PDF) - updated Annual Meeting 2016

2017 Policy Statement Development Process:

The 2017 policy statement development cycle is now underway. Policy statement proposals for the 2017 cycle are due via email by Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL materials for the policy statement process have been updated since last year. Before submitting a proposal, authors should:

When submitting a proposal, authors MUST complete and attach the following documents:

  1. Policy Statement Proposal Checklist (Word file).
  2. Author Disclosure Statement (Word file) for each author.
  3. Sponsorship and/or Endorsement Letters (if applicable).

All supporting documents must be provided at the time of submission to be considered in the review process. Late proposals WILL NOT be accepted.

Questions about the policy statement development process? Email us.

Other Policy Statement Development Resources: