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:
- Public Health Opportunities to Address the Health Effects of Climate Change – fighting efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan and supporting funding to help communities prepare for the health impacts of climate change
- Ensuring That Trade Agreements Promote Public Health – working with public health partners to ensure trade agreements don’t undermine tobacco control laws of participating countries
- Universal Access to Contraception – fighting against congressional and state efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood and supporting Title X family planning funding
- Prevention and Intervention Strategies to Decrease Misuse of Prescription Pain Medication – supporting federal funding and other initiatives to address opioid abuse
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.