APHA members and public health supporters joined the throngs of evidence-based enthusiasts on Saturday for the March for Science. With the goal of celebrating the role science has played in improving our lives, participants rallied on Earth Day in Washington, D.C., and in cities across the globe.

APHA Affiliates and members organized 45 meetup points at marches around the nation offering opportunities for public health supporters to gather and march together. In the nation’s capital, APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, was a featured speaker during the rally before the march highlighting the remarkable role public health science has played in reducing injury, protecting against the harms of tobacco and safeguarding people from disease.

“A strong commitment to research is absolutely essential to crafting evidence-based solutions that protect us from serious health threats,” Benjamin said. “A nation that ignores science, that denies science, that underfunds science does so at its own peril. We cannot allow this to happen.”

Benjamin and APHA were featured in a number of news stories covering the march, including by PBS Newshour, The Atlantic and Medscape.

View some of our photos below and find more on the APHA Flickr stream.

APHA members and friends spoke out for public health during the March for Science in Washington, D.C. Photo by Fran Atkinson/APHA

APHA members and friends speak out for public health during the March for Science in Washington, D.C. Photo by Fran Atkinson/APHA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georges Benjamin

APHA’s Georges Benjamin speaks before thousands during the rally on the national mall in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy Joe Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Early

APHA member Dan Early talks with a reporter from NPR’s Science Friday during the rally in Washington, D.C. Photo by David Fouse/APHA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APHA members Catherine Cooksley and Catherine Troisi represent APHA and the Texas Public Health Association in the march in Houston. Photo courtesy Catherine Cooksley

APHA members Catherine Cooksley and Catherine Troisi represent APHA and the Texas Public Health Association in the march in Houston. Photo courtesy Catherine Cooksley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Levin

APHA member Joan Levin participates in Chicago’s march. Photo courtesy Joan Levin