American Public Health Association
American Public Health Association
800 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3710
Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (Emeritus)
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, professional membership association that has been working to improve public health for nearly 140 years. APHA’s mission is to improve the public’s health, promote the scientific and professional foundation of public health practice and policy, advocate the conditions for a healthy society, emphasize prevention, and enhance the ability of members to promote and protect environmental and community health. The organization’s vision is a healthy, global society.
Selected OSTLTS-funded projects
- Capacity building assistance: APHA provides capacity building assistance (CBA) to state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health departments under Part I of the CDC grant “Capacity Building Assistance to Strengthen Public Health Infrastructure and Performance.” The goal of this project is to support health departments in their use of policy and law for population health improvement, particularly as they seek to improve the effectiveness and efficiency in adapting to diminishing resources and changes resulting from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This CBA project focuses on identifying, synthesizing, and disseminating best and promising public health policy and legal practices for performance improvement and also evaluating the potential policy and legal impacts of ACA on STLT health department programs with the intent of providing anticipatory guidance. APHA is also developing trainings, materials, and toolkits on promising policy and legal approaches to population health improvement and providing one-on-one technical assistance to meet grantees’ specific policy and legal needs.
Selected CDC-funded projects
- Birth defects and disabilities: APHA is funded to broaden the knowledge base and awareness of disability among all public health professions and provide public health policies, programs, and services to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.
- Environmental public health: APHA supports CDC in advancing environmental public health, including the environmental public health coalition, healthy built environments, workforce development and messaging efforts, and environmental public health performance standards. APHA also supports environmental public health tracking, climate change, and the eco-healthy child care initiative.
- Get Ready campaign: In 2006, APHA launched Get Ready, a major educational campaign to help Americans prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious diseases, and natural disasters. The campaign provides user-friendly written, audio, and visual information that help the public plan for and appropriately respond to local or national public health threats.
- Health communication and marketing: APHA facilitates access to the most recent sexually transmitted disease (STD) diagnostic and treatment recommendations. APHA organizes webinars to support dissemination of key strategies and tools to providers, prevention program managers, and clinic directors on topics such as STD laboratory guidelines and treatment strategies for cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea.
- National Public Health Week: Each year in April, APHA serves as the organizer of National Public Health Week (NPHW) and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers, and practitioners about issues important to the public’s health. To support NPHW, APHA created a planner’s guide and toolkit, calendar of events, blog, downloadable logos, news room for national and local media, and comprehensive directory of organizations that support the health observance.
- Public health policy materials: APHA works to oversee policy research and guidance within APHA; expand the portfolio of relevant and timely policy briefs, research, white papers, memorandum, and fact sheets in public health priority areas provided by APHA; strengthen its reputation as a credible voice on public health policy; and support the policy needs of public health constituents.
- Quality coordination and accreditation: APHA works to advance accreditation, performance assessment and tools, and workforce competency frameworks as a part of public health departments’ continuous performance improvement process. APHA activities include providing continuous performance improvement processes that will help public health entities achieve local public health goals (e.g., immunizations, environmental sustainability), by aligning efforts and mobilizing community partnerships. APHA also supports the Public Health Accreditation Board in their work with the Accreditation Coalition.