Speak For Health

Speak for Health An Initiative of the American Public Health Association

Speak for Health is how APHA members stand up for public health interests.

APHA believes public health professionals deserve a stronger voice in public health advocacy. Together, we can change the narrative and turn the tide.

APHA is the leading voice for public health in Washington. The policies we advance are based in science, research and member-led processes. 

Join us and Speak for Health — for today and future generations.

APHA's Speak for Health campaign gives you the tools you need to talk to your members of Congress about the importance of public health. 

  • Meet with your members of Congress or their staff.
  • Attend a public forum or town hall and ask a question. Call the district offices of your senators and representative to request a list of events near you. Review these tips for speaking at a town hall or public meeting (PDF).
  • Submit an op-ed to your local paper. For a template letter or technical assistance, email us. Learn tips for writing op-eds.
  • Use Facebook or Twitter to engage your members of Congress.
  • Send an action alert message to your members of Congress, or call your members of Congress and use the action alert message as a phone script.
  • Find out how public health funding is faring in your state with our state fact sheets.

See how APHA members are speaking for health.

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Speak for Health resources


Impacts of repealing the Affordable Care Act

APHA letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019 (May 7)

APHA letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Prescription Drug Costs Act (May 15)

Public health brief in support of the Affordable Care Act in the case Texas vs. the United States (June 14) 

Read the APHA fact sheet on why we still need the Affordable Care Act (PDF)

Kaiser Family Foundation's summary of the Affordable Care Act

Center of Budget and Policy Priorities state by state impacts report

The Prevention and Public Health Fund

Organization letter supporting the Prevention and Public Health Fund Restoration Act (June 18) 

Read the APHA Prevention and Public Health Fund fact sheet (PDF)

FY 2019 funding distribution of the Prevention and Public Health Fund

State fact sheets on the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Trust for America's Health)

List of organizations supporting the fund (PDF)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accomplishments using the Prevention and Public Health Fund and FY 2016 state funding levels under the fund


Action alerts

Tell your senators to support universal background checks for all gun sales

Urge the Senate to support gun violence prevention research


Organization letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging $50 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention (Feb. 21)

APHA letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Mike Thompson in support of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (Jan. 9)

Other resources

Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action From the Nation's Leading Physician and Public Health Professional Organizations

APHA Gun Violence Prevention fact sheet (PDF) 


Stay informed: Sign up for APHA emails on the Speak for Health campaign and other interests.

Legislative Updates: Stay up to date on legislative news with APHA's monthly newsletter.

Email us for assistance with submitting an opinion editorial or letter to the editor.

Have questions or need information on this campaign? Contact APHA's Government Relations Staff at 202-777-2513 or via email.


Take Action Now!

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Your advocacy can make a difference

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