Policy Statements

APHA members develop policy statements on key public health topics, from obesity control 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.

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.

How APHA policy statements are developed (a Public Health Newswire Q & A)

Learn more about APHA's policy statements and how you can use them. (PDF)

Watch the webinar: APHA Policy Statement Development Process (presented by APHA Joint Policy Committee co-chairs)

APHA adopted 13 new policy statements at our 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo:

20171  Supporting Research and Evidence-Based Public Health Practice in State and Local Health Agencies
20172  Supporting the Updated National Physical Activity Plan
20173  Public Health and Early Childhood Education: Support for Universal Preschool in the U.S.
20174  The Critical Need to Reform Workers' Compensation
20175  Ensuring Language Justice in Occupational Safety and Health Training
20176  Strengthening the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standards for Inorganic Lead to Protect Workers’ Health
20177  Improving Working Conditions for U.S. Farmworkers and Food Production Workers
20178  Housing and Homelessness as a Public Health Issue
20179  Reducing Income Inequality to Advance Health
201710  Protecting Children's Environmental Health: A Comprehensive Framework
201711  Public Health Opportunities to Address the Health Effects of Air Pollution
201712  Advancing a 'One Health' Approach to Promote Health at the Human-Animal-Environment Interface
201713  Establishing Environmental Public Health Systems for Children at Risk or with Environmental Exposures in Schools

Questions about policy statements? Email us.