Share your global health advocacy priorities with us!

Dear IH Section Members,

Advocacy is at the top of our minds as we look for ways to respond to COVID-19 and the catastrophic impacts of the virus.  Many of our members have been directly or indirectly advocating for prevention and reduction of suffering. In particular, IH Section members are working together to advocate for continued US funding of the World Health Organization, an increase in global health resources, and the allocation of those resources to where they are most needed around the globe.

It couldn’t be a better time to amplify the advocacy efforts of our section membership and to shine a light on their current endeavors.

To that end,  the Policy and Advocacy Committee is relaunching a survey tool to help partners both inside and outside of APHA by:

  1. Organizing section members, representing all facets of global health, to apply their subject matter expertise in fighting COVID-19,  by overseeing and supporting the drafting of advocacy materials
  2. Facilitating communication between IH section members and key congressional and global leaders by providing assistance with drafting letters and obtaining the support of APHA leadership
  3. Galvanizing the support of IH section membership to join the effort

Fill out our IH Advocacy Survey Tool to state your advocacy priorities, link to what has been done before, and indicate what needs to be developed further. Once we receive your survey the Policy and Advocacy Committee will respond. 

APHA launches new Spanish-language resource hub at COVIDGuia.org for public, policymakers

APHA curates COVID-19 tips and information geared toward Hispanic/Latino communities

APHA is compiling the latest evidence-based information on COVID-19 into one, easy-to-navigate spot.

COVIDGuia.org is a Spanish-language resource that shares up-to-date, science-based information and tools from credible sources. Topics include guidance on reopening, personal and community prevention tips, workplace safety guidance, and recommendations for safe voting and returning to school. It is the sister site to COVIDGuidance.org, an English-language site that was launched last month.

“Every day, we’re being hit with mixed messages and misinformation about COVID-19, and that’s a real danger to our ability to contain the virus,” said José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA, president-elect of the American Public Health Association. “We launched COVIDGuia.org to help everyone easily find information that’s based on sound science and public health recommendations.”

The compilation of resources developed in collaboration with the Latinx COVID-19 Task Force is designed to help communities, individuals and policymakers to make informed decisions about COVID-19. The resource organizes rapidly updated guidance and recommendations from trusted sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University.

Access and bookmark the new resource page at COVIDGuia.org.

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The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Learn more at www.apha.org.

Racism is an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention now

Statement from APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD

“I can’t breathe.”

With those last words, George Floyd, an unarmed, handcuffed black man, died after being pinned down by a white Minneapolis police officer, an atrocious action that has sparked outrage throughout the nation.

We raise our voices, too, horrified, stunned and angered.

We are appalled but are not surprised by the despicable way Floyd was killed. We weep for the man, his family and a country that continues to allow this to happen. We also join in the chorus for justice and ring the alarm to all Americans. Racism is a longstanding systemic structure in this country that must be dismantled, through brutally honest conversations, policy changes and practices.

Racism attacks people’s physical and mental health. And racism is an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention now!

We see discrimination every day in all aspects of life, including housing, education, the criminal justice system and employment. And it is amplified during this pandemic as communities of color face inequities in everything from a greater burden of COVID-19 cases to less access to testing, treatment and care.

Americans cannot be silent about this. As Martin Luther King, Jr. observed, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

We refuse to be silent, and we call for you to join us in our advocacy for a healthier nation. At the American Public Health Association, every moment of our waking hours is poured into finding better, more healthful lives for all, so everyone has a chance to breathe. It’s our life-blood.

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APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Visit us at http://www.apha.org.


APHA’s Racism and Health Resources

APHA’s Racism and Health page: 

https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/health-equity/racism-and-health (you can tweet/share the Alias, which is apha.org/racism

APHA’s new webinar series, Advancing Racial Equity: 

https://apha.org/events-and-meetings/webinars/racial-equity (also has an Alias you can share, which is apha.org/racial-equity)

APHA’s Health Equity page: 

https://apha.org/topics-and-issues/health-equity

APHA’s COVID-19 and Equity page:

 https://apha.org/topics-and-issues/communicable-disease/coronavirus/equity

Public Health Newswire health equity posts: 

http://publichealthnewswire.org/?cat=health-equity

Lend your voice to the IH Section’s Communications Team!

The IH Section’s communications team is currently looking for volunteers who want to get involved in our section’s communications activities.

This is a great opportunity for self starters interested in engaging with the global health community through our communications channels by drawing attention to relevant global health topics, encouraging public support and action on pressing global health issues, preventing the spread of misinformation, and providing transparency into the work of the APHA and the International Health section. Applicants must maintain current membership in APHA’s International Health section.

Social Media Associates

We are seeking individuals with social media skills. The volunteer will:

  • Routinely share relevant content on social media and engage followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Share content from Social Media Subcommittee leadership within 2-4 hours or receiving it, during the hours of 8 am-5 pm in a U.S. time zone. Content may have to be changed to an appropriate format in order to share effectively to social media pages
  • Participate in social media subcommittee meetings
  • Assist with special projects as needed

Those who can serve as an associate for 4 months or more will have priority.

Please contact: ihsection.communications@gmail.com for more information.

COVID-19 Guest Contributors for IH Connect

COVID-19 contributors will write up an original analysis or commentary on COVID-19 for our blog. We do not accept applications from contributors wanting to promote a specific product, brand, or organization. 

Please contact: ihsection.communications@gmail.com for more information.

Regular Contributors for IH Connect

Regular contributors write up original analysis, commentary, or education on global health topics for our blog once a month. Regular contributors will also help to regularly maintain the IH website by posting relevant section news, events, webinars, workshops, etc. We do not accept applications from contributors wanting to promote a specific product, brand, or organization. 

4+ hours per month, 6 month minimum commitment.

Please contact: ihsection.communications@gmail.com for more information.

The Intersection of Climate Change and COVID-19 Resource Guide now available!

The IH section’s Climate Change and Health working group has released a new resource guide on the intersection of climate change and COVID-19. Included are reports, articles, and webinars.

To learn more about the Climate Change and Health working group or to volunteer, please visit their website here: https://ihandcc.wordpress.com/