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Policy Statements

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 Nov. 14, 2023. The full text of LB23-01 is linked below. The remaining statements are currently undergoing copy editing and will be available for use by mid-January 2024.

The deadline to submit a proposed policy statement into the 2024 development and review cycle is Feb. 16, 2024. For more information on how to submit, please review the policy statement development process webpage.

Adopted Policy Statements

20231 Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations to Improve Public Health and Vaccination Equity

20232 Supporting Youth Physical Activity Opportunities in Out-of-School Time Programs

20233 A Call to End Shackling Incarcerated Patients Seeking Health Care

20234 Protecting the Health and Well-being of People Living Unsheltered by Stopping Forcible Displacements of Encampments

20235 Fall Prevention in Adults 65 and Over: A Call for Increased Use of an Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Algorithm

Latebreakers *

LB23-01 Immediate Cease Fire in Hamas-Israel War
LB23-02 Meeting the Health and Psychosocial Needs and Ensuring the Human Rights of Refugees From Nagorno Karabakh

*Latebreaker Policy Statements must be resubmitted and approved in the full 2024 proposed policy cycle. Otherwise, they will archive at the close of the 2024 Annual Meeting and Expo