APHA Resources

American Public Health Association
APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a 140-plus year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health.

What is Public Health?
A fact sheet that defines public health, discusses its importance, speaks about the profession and provides examples.

Making Health Equity a Priority
This webinar discusses health equity and project development. What are the challenges and opportunities of applying a lens of health equity? How do we continue to keep health equity at the center of our work? View slides.

health equity 1216


Collaborating to Improve Public Health — Policy, Systems, Environment Improvements
This webinar is intended for people in the beginning stages of working across public health and planning. This webinar will highlight a few strategies on how to approach this work by providing an overview of Plan4Haelth, what PSE’s are and how APHA is incorporating them in their work, and examples of strategies and tools for implementing this work. View slides.

pse webinar

Health in All Policies Guide:
This toolkit was written by the public health facilitators of the California Health in All Policies Task Force and is geared toward state and local government leaders who want to use inter-sectoral collaboration to promote healthy environments. There are many different ways to support inter-sectoral collaboration for health, and the guide provides a broad range of perspectives and examples.

Transportation and Health Toolkit
This toolkit is an attempt to build a bridge between the public health and transportation communities, to create a common language for use by public health advocates that ensures our voices are heard by those who need to hear them.

Health Impact Assessment (HIA): A Tool to Benefit Health in all Policies
The full spectrum of health considerations are often unintentionally overlooked in decision-making. And their omission can lead to policies and practices that are unnecessarily harmful to people, and costly to society. HIA has emerged as a critical tool in preserving and improving public health, because it helps decision-makers – especially those in non-health sectors – consider the health consequences of different options, and can encourage them to opt for sound choices that can protect and improve future health.

Public Health and Equity: Promote Environmental Justice and Equity Principles in Transportation Policy
Transportation decisions affect our individual lives, economy and health. Every day, diverse populations are impacted by traffic fatalities, injuries and other negative health impacts as a result of poor and inequitable transportation decisions made in their communities.

Safe Routes to School: Helping All Students Walk and Bike Safely
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs promote health and physical activity among children of all ages and abilities by encouraging travel to school via safe, active transportation.

Complete Streets: Active Transportation, Safety and Mobility for Individuals of All Ages and Abilities
The complete streets movement aims to develop an interconnected street network that is accessible and safe for users of all ages, abilities and modes of transportation. Complete streets support not only changes to community streets but also a shift in the decision-making process and policies.

Active Transportation: Benefitting Health, Safety and Equity
Active transportation includes non-motorized transportation options such as walking and biking, and is ideally linked with transit networks. Making active transportation a realistic, affordable and convenient option for all transportation users would help reduce health impacts and also promote physical activity, recreation, and environmental preservation. Well-connected streets with safe pedestrian and bicyclist paths and infrastructure can promote a healthy and active lifestyle for everyone.

Public Health is ROI
In this video, find out why public health is a great investment for all.