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Register now: APHA's Feb. 6 institute showcases health policy.

PUBLIC HEALTH work can live or die based on policy. Policies can dictate whether health research is funded, which programs are launched and how long projects last. And in the current political climate, policies could even determine whether science is used to guide work on health issues.

To help health workers successfully navigate the complicated world of public health policy, APHA is hosting a one-day meeting in Washington, D.C., Feb. 6. The APHA Policy Action Institute will help workers put policy into action around issues such as environmental health, violence prevention, immigrant health and women's health.

The Washington, D.C., institute, which has a theme of "Public Health Under Siege: Improving Policy in Turbulent Times," will feature elected leaders as well as policy experts from the public and private sector. Health care providers, researchers, community health advocates, students and others with an interest in public health policy are invited to attend the institute.

"By helping shape and guide sound, science-based policy, public health workers can have an impact on the health of their communities," Susan Polan, PhD, APHA's associate executive director for public affairs and advocacy, told The Nation's Health. "This institute is an exciting opportunity to gain new insights and engage with leaders about critical public health policy issues."

The institute was announced during APHA's 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego in November, during which 13,000 health professionals gathered to share public health research, lessons from the field and other information. With a focus on health equity, public health policy was at the forefront of meeting discussions.

"With so much energy coming out of the Annual Meeting--and with the 116th Congress coming into session--it makes sense to hold this institute now and build on that momentum," Don Hoppert, APHA's director of government affairs, told The Nation's Health. "Public health will continue to be an important issue in Congress and in state legislatures. We need informed public health leaders who can speak to those challenges and guide policymakers in their decisions."

The APHA Policy Action Institute is being organized in conjunction with AcademyHealth's 2019 National Health Policy Conference, which is being held Feb. 4-5. The conference will feature discussions on critical issues and policy priorities facing U.S. health care.

Registration for the APHA Policy Action Institute is now open at

Caption: The APHA Policy Action Institute will be held in Washington, D.C. Attendees will learn how to put policy into action around issues such as violence prevention and women's health. Photo by Albert Pego, courtesy iStockphoto

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Author:Late, Michele
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Date:Jan 1, 2019
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