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APHA’s Dr. Benjamin: Welcome to Denver!

APHA’s Dr. Benjamin: Welcome to Denver!

It’s an honor and a privilege to welcome you to APHA 2016!
Air pollution is yet another issue that disproportionately impacts minority and low-income communities

Air pollution is yet another issue that disproportionately impacts minority and low-income communities

The Clean Power Plan protects against air pollution and climate change, argues APHA's Dr. Georges Benjamin in The Huffington Post.
Help us create the healthiest nation during National Public Health Week

Help us create the healthiest nation during National Public Health Week

Despite tremendous improvements in health, Americans live shorter lives and suffer worse health outcomes than people in many other high-income countries. We're working this week to change that.
APHA's Benjamin in The Guardian: 'Time for public health response' to gun violence

APHA’s Benjamin in The Guardian: ‘Time for public health response’ to gun violence

To reverse the gun violence epidemic – and it’s important that we say “epidemic” – we must do the same thing we’d do for any infectious disease outbreak.
APHA's Benjamin on gun violence in San Bernardino County

APHA’s Benjamin on gun violence in San Bernardino County

“Today is an emotional day at APHA after yesterday’s tragic events in San Bernardino, California. This incident of gun violence is deeply personal, as it took place at a county health department celebration."
APHA’s Dr. Benjamin: Welcome to Chicago!

APHA’s Dr. Benjamin: Welcome to Chicago!

I am so incredibly excited to welcome you all to my hometown — the great city of Chicago!
APHA's Benjamin: 'Why our justice system is a hazard to our health'

APHA’s Benjamin: ‘Why our justice system is a hazard to our health’

The justice system in the United States is designed to punish — and rehabilitate if possible — people who have committed crimes as a tool to secure public safety. But we've realized the justice system is terrible for our health.
Child nutrition: The key to creating the healthiest nation

Child nutrition: The key to creating the healthiest nation

APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, discusses the importance of child nutrition and the role of schools in delivering in a guest post published on USDA's blog.
(Video) Turning our culture of punishment into a culture of prevention

(Video) Turning our culture of punishment into a culture of prevention

The national news is filled with stories about what is wrong with the criminal justice system and how we can fix it. But what’s missing from the current debate is a conversation about how our justice system negatively impacts health, particularly the health of children and families of color.
APHA Executive Director to Modern Healthcare: Medicaid expansion improves the nation's health

APHA Executive Director to Modern Healthcare: Medicaid expansion improves the nation’s health

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security Act of 1965 establishing the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
APHA's Benjamin: Health equity, social justice as health improvement tools

APHA’s Benjamin: Health equity, social justice as health improvement tools

Grantmakers In Health, or GIH, is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, shared his thoughts with GIH on civil unrest, health equity and social justice.
APHA, EPA in The Huffington Post: Safer climate, healthier nation

APHA, EPA in The Huffington Post: Safer climate, healthier nation

During National Public Health Week, APHA and EPA are shining a light on the harmful health effects of climate change and making the case for strong climate action.