As a forum, we work to educate APHA members and the public about the impact of trade issues on public health, and to protect public health priorities in international trade policy. The forum was created because of widespread interest and concern regarding the adverse impact of international trade agreements (such as NAFTA, CAFTA, and GATS) on public health, both internationally and within the United States. Our scope of interest has since expanded to include supply chain issues, questions of health equity and medicine access, and the intersection of trade and social determinants of health. Our goal is to develop and promote policies that advance economic development while sustaining life, healthy societies and the environment, and to advocate for policies that improve access to affordable, accountable vital human services, including health care, water and sanitation, education and energy.
Chair: Courtney McNamara
Program Planner: Eric Crosbie
Secretary: Virginia Kotzias
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APHA Policy Statement "Threats to Global Health and Equity: The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)"
APHA Policy Statement "Trade Agreements and Environmental and Occupational Health"
Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health
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