Reports and Issue Briefs

APHA develops reports and issue briefs on critical public health issues such as health reform, environmental health, food and nutrition, preparedness, school health and education and transportation.

Healthy Outlook: Public Health Resources for Systems Transformation  (PDF) is a series of fact sheets, issue briefs and other resources designed to: (1) highlight policy issues outlined in the ACA and their implications for public health; and (2) identify opportunities and promote active engagement of public health in health systems transformation efforts.

Integrating Public Health into State Innovation Models (PDF) is an issue brief that describes ways state officials can engage public health practitioners into state innovation model initiatives and design innovation models that incorporate public health as a full partner.

The Taking Part in State Innovation Models (PDF) issue brief provides recommendations and examples of public health engagement in innovation model efforts.

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Better Health Through Equity: Case Studies in Reframing Public Health Work

This report (PDF) highlights state and local efforts from health agencies and one Tribal Nation across Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin to address the root causes of health inequities.


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Adaptation in Action: Grantee Success Stories from CDC's Climate and Health Program

Communities across the nation are taking action to reduce the effects of climate change on health. This report (PDF) highlights successful ways communities have responded to the challenge of climate change


cover of APHA CVS Health report on tobacco symposiumNew Partnerships to End the Toll of Tobacco: Insights and Lessons from the APHA-CVS HEALTH Symposium

APHA, CVS Health, Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH, and our distinguished panel came together for a symposium on helping Americans live tobacco-free lives. This report offers a call to action and gives steps on creating public/private partnerships to end tobacco use. Download the report (PDF)



Americas Health Rankings report coverAmerica's Health Rankings

APHA, the United Health Foundation and Partnership for Prevention bring you this yearly state-by-state comparison of America's health as well as highlights of successes and continued challenges. Learn more.



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National Healthy Housing Standard

APHA and the National Center for Healthy Housing created the evidence-based National Healthy Housing Standard as a tool to reconnect the housing and public health sectors and as an evidence-based standard of care for those in the position of improving housing conditions. Download the report (PDF)


Innovating, Leading & Moving Public Health Forward

— November 2013

A forum co-hosted by APHA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation brought together innovators from health departments around the country. This report focuses on the highlights of the forum including the need for public health to embrace change, adapt to new ideas and take a data-driven approach to move forward. Support for this forum was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

Download the report (PDF)

Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments

This guide was created by the American Public Health Association, California Department of Public Health, and the Public Health Institute in response to growing interest in using collaborative approaches to improve population health by embedding health considerations into decision-making processes across a broad array of sectors. The Guide draws heavily on the experiences of the California Health in All Policies Task Force and incorporates information from the published and gray literature and interviews with people across the country.

Download the guide and learn more about health in all policies.