Magazine article The Nation's Health

Be a Part of the Solution: Support Public Health Policy

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Be a Part of the Solution: Support Public Health Policy

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THINK OF all of the resolutions that we make in our personal lives, our professional lives, as part of organizations and as governments. We resolve to stop the war, to ensure that every child has access to health care, to stop the violence in our community, to decrease morbidity and mortality from injuries. Yet these resolutions are meaningless unless there is action that follows. And the action is our responsibility.

In the coming months, APHA members will have the opportunity to review new policy resolutions that will be voted on at the Association's Annual Meeting. And over the next several months, we will hear many political candidates resolve to make change.

These are positive actions, for they highlight important issues and propose goals that we might attain to improve our communities and improve health. But a resolution is only the first step in a process of change that takes commitment, energy and action. And if we are committed to make the change that is proposed, we need to take action and lead the movement toward change.

Think about APHA's policy resolutions--based in science, focused on improving the health of the public, approved by the Governing Council. These resolutions form the basis for many actions and provide guidance and support for APHA's members, groups, Affiliates and staff. Sometimes members say they aren't aware of the work APHA, as an organization, has done to support a particular issue. The question we all need to ask is "What are we, as APHA members, doing to advance the Association's work? …

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