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Policy Statements and Advocacy

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APHA is the primary voice for public health advocacy. We lead the way to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats. We strive to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are accessible to everyone. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policymakers and health officials.

APHA, in coordination with its members and state and regional Affiliates, works with key decisionmakers to shape public policy to address today's ongoing public health concerns. Those include  ensuring access to care, protecting funding for core public health programs and services and eliminating health disparities. APHA is also working on other critical  public health issues including public health and emergency preparedness, food safety, hunger and nutrition, climate change and other environmental health issues, public health infrastructure, disease control, international health and tobacco control.

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  • Participate in APHA's legislative action alerts and urge policymakers to vote for and act on behalf of public health programs and services.
  • Speak for Health campaign: Speak out for public health. 
  • Coming to D.C.? Are you, your section or other APHA group planning a trip to Washington, D.C.? Make visiting your members of Congress part of your agenda!
  • Get involved in APHA's policy statement development process! Visit the Policy Statement Development Process page to learn more.