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American Public Health Association reaffirms commitment to defending health and human rights for all
Statement by Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director
Washington, D.C., February 24, 2017 — “The American Public Health Association is deeply concerned about the public health implications of the recent executive order regarding immigration and the withdrawal of protections for transgender students put forward by the Trump administration that seek to limit human rights and create barriers to health equity. APHA champions the health of all people and all communities, and we have a long history of working in support of human rights and dignity. As the largest public health professional society in the world, our membership is comprised of a diverse group of public health practitioners from all backgrounds, who live and work with a wide range of populations in the U.S. and across the globe.
“Health and human rights are inextricably linked. We believe that all people should be valued equally, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status, income or geographic region. When barriers are created to prevent select groups of people from achieving their highest level of health, or preventing them from experiencing basic human rights, all of our communities suffer.
“APHA will continue to be vigilant and push back against policies that threaten basic human rights and put our nation’s health and safety at risk. We are committed to being a strong voice for policies that improve — not diminish — the health of our nation.”
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APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Visit us at www.apha.org.