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. (PDF) 

APHA policy statement database

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The following policy statements were adopted by the Governing Council on Oct. 26, 2021. They are currently undergoing professional copyediting and final versions will be available in the policy statement database by early January 2022.

Adopted Policy Statements

20211 Supporting Physical Education in Schools for All Youth

20212 Prevention of Lower Extremity Amputations Due to Non-Traumatic Loss of Sensation and Loss of Circulation

20213 A Comprehensive Approach to Suicide Prevention Within a Public Health Framework

20214 Advancing Public Health and Equity Through Prevention and Reengagement of Disconnected (Opportunity) Youth

20125 A Call to Improving Patient and Public Health Outcomes of Diabetes Through an Enhanced Integrated Care Approach

20216 The Impacts of Individual and Household Debt on Health and Well-being

20217 Decriminalization of and Support for Self-Managed Abortions

20218 Call for Urgent Actions to Address Health Inequities in the U.S. Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic and Response

20219 Adopting a Single-Payer Health System

202110 Opposing Coercion in Contraceptive Access and Care to Promote Reproductive Health Equity

202111 Sexual and Gender Minority Demographic Data: Inclusion in Medical Records, National Surveys, and Public Health Research

202112 Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Importance of Universal Healthcare in Addressing Healthcare Inequities

202113 An Equitable Response to the Ongoing Opioid Crisis

202114 Improving the Role of Health Departments in Activities Related to Abortion

202115 Noise as a Public Health Hazard

202116 Ensuring Equity in Transportation and Land Use Decisions to Promote Health and Wellbeing in Metropolitan Areas

202117 Advancing Public Health Interventions to Address the Harms of the Carceral System

202118 Preparing Public Schools in the United States for the Next Public Health Emergency: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

202119 Preventing Violations of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Immigration Detention Centers

Latebreakers (Latebreaker Policy Statements must be resubmitted and approved in the full 2022 proposed policy cycle. Otherwise they will archive at the close of the 2022 Annual Meeting and Expo)
LB21-01 Address Threats to Public Health Practice
LB21-02 Expanding Medicaid Coverage for Birthing People to One-Year Postpartum