APHA Center for Public Health Policy  

  • Booth: 110

APHA's Center for Public Health Policy highlights the connections between communities — where we live, work, play and learn — and our collective health. We advance evidence-based policies and practices to address the social determinants of health and create health equity for all.

With an experienced staff and a vast network of diverse partners, we create original, innovative and informative resources that support APHA's central challenge: To create the healthiest nation in one generation.


Tia Taylor Williams, Director

Katherine Robb, Deputy Director

Olubukolami "Mimi" David, Program Associate

Briana Stone, APHA-Bloomberg American Health Initiative Policy Fellow

C. Pluff, Program Manager, Center for School, Health, and Equity


Melissa Altschiller

Public Health Policy Intern, Center for Public Health Policy

Thomas Dang

Intern, Center for School, Health and Education

Catherine O’Donnell

Environmental Health Intern, Center for Climate, Health, and Equity

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  • Advancing Racial Equity Series
    A six- part webinar series explores racism as a driving force for the social determinants of health....

  • Webinar #1 | Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition

    This kick-off webinar of APHA's Advancing Racial Equity series examined racism and its historic and present-day impact on health and well-being. Presenters:

    • identified the multiple levels on which racism operates;

    • described the physiological impacts of racism and discrimination on health; and

    • explored the principles for and barriers to achieving health equity.

    Webinar #2 | A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practices and Policies

    The second webinar in APHA's Advancing Racial Equity series covered reproductive racial disparities. Presenters:

    • Provided context of racism in reproductive care across multiple impacted groups;

    • Shared current advocacy approaches to advancing reproductive health equity; and

    • Highlighted current federal legislation that addresses the barriers to achieving reproductive justice.

    Webinar #3 | Reborn Not Reformed: Re-Imagining Policing for the Public's Health

    The third webinar in APHA's Advancing Racial Equity series:

    • Described how racism operates in policing and the limitations of reform efforts

    • Discussed the acute and chronic health impacts of over policing on Black and Latinx communities

    • Explained what “Re-Imagining Policing” means for public safety, public health and society overall; and

    • Identified and addressed the ways in which policing occurs in public health and other sectors.

    Webinar #4 | Racial Healing for Ourselves, Our Communities and Our Future

    The fourth webinar in APHA's Advancing Racial Equity series covered racial healing as essential for dismantling racism and advancing racial equity.

    • Explained a model for truth, racial healing and transformation, or TRHT.

    • Described efforts of the TRHT Campus Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

    • Explored how Indigenous values can guide racial healing within and across communities.

    Webinar #5: Housing is a Human Right

    The fifth webinar in APHA's Advancing Racial Equity series covers structural racism in housing.

    • Described the racist structures and policies that established housing inequality.

    • Discussed the health impacts of racism in housing on communities of color.

    • Highlighted pre- and post-COVID legislation related to housing.

    • Provided an advocate's perspective of ways to advance equity through housing at the city and state level.

    Webinar#6: Environmental Racism

    Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series Discussion Guide

    This guide (PDF), to be used in conjunction with viewing the webinars, recaps the content of the webinars and provides discussion questions and activities to invoke meaningful conversations about racism and its connection to health inequities in the United States.

  • Healing Through Policy
    Launched in October 2021, Healing Through Policy: Creating Pathways to Racial Justice is an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation, APHA, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity....

  • Across the country, there is growing acknowledgment of the impact of racism on the health of individuals and communities. Through resolutions, executive orders and other mechanisms, local leaders are declaring racism a public health crisis and committing to addressing systemic health and racial inequities. Local leaders are exploring policies and practices to move from commitment to action and how to best use policy to effect meaningful change toward health, racial equity and justice.

    Launched in October 2021, Healing Through Policy: Creating Pathways to Racial Justice is an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation, APHA, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity. In its first phase, the initiative’s partners and advisory committee identified a suite of racial equity policies and practices that can be implemented at the local level to promote racial healing and address social inequities.

    • The Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation framework is a comprehensive, national, and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. TRHT recognizes that advancing racial equity and justice requires repairing past harms, addressing the underlying beliefs that fuel racism, and facilitating healing within and across communities.
    • Healing Through Policy uses the TRHT framework in its curated suite of policies and practices that advance health and racial equity through the foundational components of Narrative Change, Racial Healing and Relationship Building, Separation, Law and Economy.
  • Racism is a Public Health Crisis
    Across the country, local and state leaders are declaring racism a public health crisis or emergency....

  • As of August 2021, 209 declarations of racism as a public health crisis have passed in 37 states. These declarations were adopted by city/town councils, county boards, governor/mayoral statements, education boards (e.g., school boards), and health associations or public health departments. While resolutions and formal statements themselves are not necessarily legally enforceable, they are an important first step in calling attention to racism and shifting the narrative in a way that can drive changes to policies, laws and resource allocation. These resolutions create the opportunity for strategic action to eliminate racist policies and practices and adopt those that advance racial equity. 

    These declarations are an important first step to advancing racial equity and justice and must be followed by allocation of resources and strategic action.

    Racism Declarations: Opportunities for Action

    • While resolutions and formal statements are not necessarily legally enforceable, they can drive meaningful change. Our Analysis: Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis  (PDF) shows how localities have taken actionable steps to address racism.
    • Strategic Actions by Category:
      • Data and Accountability
      • Policies and Programs
      • Community Engagement
      • Funding
      • Organizational Capacity Training

    Map of Racial Declarations

    • The Map of Racial Declarations is intended to show a visual representation of where racial declarations have been passed geographically.
    • Declarations by Geography:
      • The states with the most declarations to date are California (37), Ohio (27) and Connecticut (22). At the time of this analysis, 13 states did not have any declarations, at any level. Most declarations are concentrated in the western and midwestern regions of the United States, with 49 declarations passed in western states and 79 passed in midwestern states. 
  • COVID-19 and Housing
    COVID-19's Impact on Housing Instability...

  • Pre-Pandemic: 3.6 million evictions occur annually across the U.S.

    At the end of 2020: 40 million renters were at risk of eviction; 80% of those facing addiction are Black and Latinx.


    Those experiencing unsheltered homelessness are at high risk of COVID-19 morbidity and mortality because they are less connected to health care and other support systems and more likely to have other health conditions. And, the groups that have increased the unsheltered population also represent those most at risk of negative health consequences of COVID-19. Despite increased risk, the true impact of the pandemic on the unsheltered is unknown, due to extremely limited data. 

  • Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health and Housing
    The report examines how structural racism and discriminatory policies led to housing and health inequality in America for low-income communities and people of color....

  • This APHA report: 

    • demonstrates how structural racism — particularly through policies — led to the current state of housing inequality in America; 
    • examines how biased policies impacted housing affordability, quality, safety and stability and resulted in disparate impacts to certain groups; and 
    • outlines numerous ways to advance change in housing equity via policy, cross-sector partnerships and community engagement. 
  • Health Equity Factsheets
    Creating health equity is a guiding priority and core value of APHA. By health equity, we mean everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health....

  • Creating the Healthiest Nation: Opportunity Youth

    This fact sheet takes a look at the higher disease and premature death risks of disconnected youth — also referred to as opportunity youth in recognition of the benefits made possible by a return to school or work and the tremendous potential they hold. The fact sheet highlights the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on this population and offers solutions we can take at the local, state and federal levels to address youth disconnection. 


    Creating the Healthiest Nation: Children’s Environmental Health

    This fact sheet explains how exposure to environmental pollutants during childhood can have lifelong negative health impacts, including developmental delays and higher risks of cancer and asthma. The fact sheet gives recommendations on combatting the existing disparities that worsen such health impacts for children of color and those who live in underserved communities. Those recommendations include enforcing routine testing and inspection of homes for such environmental hazards as radon, lead and mold.


    This factsheet discusses the root problems to access and affordable water in the United States today. The fact sheet also highlights several types of water contamination that deeply impact the health of the consumer, the connection between water and agriculture and climate change, how water quality will affect some more than others, as well as recommendations on what can be done to improve our status. 


    This sheet explains why health inequities hurt public health. The fact sheet outlines key principles for advancing health equity and takes a look at the role of such social determinants of health as housing, education, income and neighborhood conditions. 


    Creating the Healthiest Nation: Environmental Justice for All
    This factsheet defines such important terms as 'fair treatment' and 'environmental racism' and gives recommendations for advancing environmental justice. Among the key findings highlighted in the fact sheet: race is the strongest indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in the United States, and communities of color carry a much higher burden of air pollution compared to the overall population. 


    This sheet gives a snapshot of which students are most at risk for not graduating from high school. The fact sheet tells us how to advance health and educational equity through such efforts as offering group therapy, giving students access to washers and dryers and making sure school staff have ongoing opportunities for culturally informed professional development. 

  • Environmental Health Partnerships
    Partnerships in environmental health work together to engage in actions upstream that protect health downstream....

  • Three of the partnerships APHA convenes with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide expertise, scientifically based information and tools that practitioners, the general public and decision-makers can use to help protect environmental health.  


      This group strives to support healthy people by working for healthier environments. The Council brings together diverse, executive-level stakeholders to help expand and sustain awareness, education, policies and practices related to environmental health.  


      This group of environmental health professionals acts as a unified voice for environmental health. The Collaborative promotes environmental health through resource-sharing and coordinating efforts around priority areas. 


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