APHA staff show their support for science with our new special edition T-shirts. Photo by APHA.

APHA staff show their support for science with our new special edition T-shirts. Photo by APHA.

In an era when science is under attack, APHA is stepping up to its defense. Literally.

The venerable science-based public health association announced it has joined the March for Science, a growing movement of individuals and organizations dedicated to defending the role science plays in our lives.

Set for April 22, which is also Earth Day, the March for Science will host a national march in Washington, D.C., and about 500 satellite marches worldwide. Organizers hope the event will highlight the value of science in society and policy and demonstrate the deep public support for science.

APHA is rallying its members and Affiliates to participate in the march. Its headquarters will be a meeting spot for public health marchers at the national event and APHA is also encouraging members to connect with each other to march in their own communities. The Association has even designed T-shirts to support the cause sporting slogans such as “science is evidence, not opinion” and “science is awesome.”

“We are proud to join the scientific community in celebrating the remarkable role science has played in improving our lives,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, APHA executive director, in a statement. “APHA represents tens of thousands of professionals who practice evidence-based public health every day in communities across the globe investigating disease outbreaks, vaccinating kids and adults, keeping our food and water safe, promoting physical activity, preventing injury, curbing tobacco use, delivering health care and much more. Science is the foundation of all we do.

“Science and evidence-based decision-making is essential to effective public health practice. Likewise enacting evidence-based public policies such as seat belt safety laws, cancer screening guidelines and air pollution standards is absolutely essential to assuring the public’s health.”

To learn more, purchase a T-shirt and find out how to march for public health science with other APHA members, visit our event page.