The 18 policy statements adopted by APHA’s Governing Council at the 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition are now final and have been added to the policy statement database. These new policy statements cover a wide range of public health topics including abortion, climate change, tick-borne diseases and prescription drug misuse.

Each year, APHA members develop policy statements, which undergo a thorough review by other APHA members and committees. The statements help shape APHA’s stance on a variety of public health topics, reflecting the depth and diversity of interests and expertise among APHA’s membership. They also serve as a vital resource of information for APHA staff, members, Affiliates, partners and policymakers.

APHA staff is already using several of these newly adopted policy statements to help inform their work on legislative, judiciary and regulatory issues related to public health. Some examples include:

The 2016 policy statement development and review cycle is already underway! New policy statement proposals are due via email by Feb. 17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Accepted submissions will be posted online on Feb. 26 for member review. Check our website often for the latest resources and information on the policy statement development process.