APHA Update - March 2016

By Jeanie Holt, former Affilate Representative to the Governing Council

First I am pleased to introduce NHPHA’s new Affiliate Representative to the (APHA) Governing Council (ARGC), Shasta Jorgensen. Many of you know Shasta since she has been active in public health and NHPHA for several years. Shasta and I will be alternating months writing this column and I will let her further introduce herself next month.

I continue to be active with APHA. I am Chair-Elect of the Council of Affiliates (CoA), a body which includes an ARGC elected in each of 10 regions to serve as the regional representative to the CoA. Shasta and I plan to work closely together to ensure that Affiliate strengths and needs are clear to APHA and to facilitate NHPHA members in working for good Federal public health policy.

One of the responsibilities of the Governing Council is to adopt public policies for APHA. Like NHPHA, these policies guide APHA action, education, advocacy and lobbying. Shasta and I need feedback from subject matter experts in NHPHA to ensure that policies are science-based, propose clear actions for APHA to take, and are non-partisan. Below is a list of the TITLES of proposed policies (some titles make the APHA position clear, others to do not). If you are interested in reviewing any of these policy statements, please email me (jeanienhpha@gmail.com) and I will get the text for you. And thanks for your help.

Group A: Access to Care, Health Promotion and Prevention

A1: Supporting Dementia Care as a Public Health Issue and Promoting Public Health Approaches to Population Health and Secondary and Tertiary Prevention

A2: Access to Integrated Medical and Oral Health within Improved Public Health Systems of Care for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

A3: Strengthening the National HIV AIDS Strategy to Achieve an HIV AIDS-Free Generation (Update)

A4: In-flight medical emergencies and public health

A5: Enhancing the role of the arts and humanities in public health

Group B: Environmental and Occupational Health

B1: Improving Fall Safety and Related Usability of Bathrooms within Buildings through Safety Standards, Building Codes, Housing Codes and Other Mechanisms

B2: Environmental Public Health for Children: Expanding Prevention

B3: Reducing human exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)

B4: Compulsory Pasteurization of all Milk Products Intended for Human Consumption

Group C: Social Determinants of Health and Equity

C1: Equity Strategies to Address Social Determinants of Health and Learning to Ensure On-Time High School Graduation

C2: Promoting Policy Change to Eliminate Health Inequities

C3: Opportunities for Health Collaboration: Leveraging Community Development Investments to Improve Health in Low-Income Neighborhoods (2015 late-breaker resubmission)

C4: Improving Health by Increasing the Minimum Wage

C5: Police Violence as a Public Health Issue

Group D: Human Rights, Immigration and International Health

D1: Opposition to Immigration Policies Requiring HIV Tests as a Condition of Employment for Foreign Nationals (2015 late-breaker resubmission)

D2: The Public Health Imperative for Gender Inclusive Policy Reform

D3: Public Health Impact of US Immigration Policy


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