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Review APHA news releases and statements on key public health topics, from health reform to violence prevention to public health funding and more. For more information, please call APHA Communications at 202-777-2509 or email us.

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AJPH Study Shows That Permit to Purchase Laws Are a Promising Avenue to Reduce Suicides in Young Adults

Date:

JUL 08 2024

Researchers find that implementing broader firearm access laws may be more effective than just age-based restriction

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SCOTUS Ruling Upholds Emergency Abortions for Now

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JUL 01 2024

The court’s failure to definitively act puts pregnant women, hospitals, doctors and public health nationwide at risk

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Supreme Court Decision to Overturn ‘Chevron Deference’ Threatens to Disrupt Public Healthcare System

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JUN 28 2024

This ruling will cause significant disruption to publicly funded health insurance programs.

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Supreme Court shamefully rules Constitution does not protect homeless people

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JUN 28 2024

The Court’s decision will only worsen homelessness.

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APHA welcomes Surgeon General’s Advisory on Firearm Violence

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JUN 25 2024

This important advisory will help to educate the public about the devastating toll that gun violence takes on the health of our nation through suicide, violent crime and unintentional shootings.

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APHA applauds Supreme Court decision protecting access to mifepristone

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JUN 13 2024

Supreme Court ruling on mifepristone is a win for public health and access to reproductive healthcare.

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AJPH Study Reveals That COVID-19 Has Widened Racial Gaps in Pregnancy-Associated Deaths from Non-Obstetric Causes in the US

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JUN 10 2024

Researchers find a disproportionate increase in pregnancy-associated deaths across diverse ethnic/racial groups.

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AJPH and RADx-UP share research aimed at ending health inequities

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MAY 22 2024

In an exciting collaboration, the American Journal of Public Health and the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics–Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) initiative has released a new supplement, RADx-UP: Prioritizing Community-Engaged Research. This supplement offers valuable insights into the pivotal intersection of community engagement, health equity and pandemic response. Departing from conventional approaches to COVID-19 testing and vaccination, RADx-UP prioritizes community-engaged strategies with the goal of achieving health equity.

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New AJPH supplement transforms maternal health

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MAY 15 2024

In rural and underserved areas of the United States, there is a shortage of physicians trained in obstetrics to care for women. The quality of care for this population during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum is especially crucial. In recognition of the urgent need to address the complex interplay of factors that contribute to maternal health in underserved areas, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has partnered with the American Journal of Public Health to create the special supplement “Improving Maternal Health Outcomes”. Now available online!

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‘Vision Zero’ Cuts Traffic Injuries for Low-Income New York Residents

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MAY 08 2024

In 2014, New York City implemented sweeping traffic-safety reforms through the Vision Zero policy, and researchers have now found significantly reduced rates of traffic-related injury and deaths among Medicaid enrollees.

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New 鶹ý Press book provides comprehensive toolkit for combatting opioid crisis

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MAY 07 2024

The Opioid Epidemic in the U.S. is an ongoing crisis, leaving devastated communities and shattered families in its wake. "Responding to the Opioid Epidemic: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners" provides the practical guidance on prevention, treatment and recovery that public health practitioners need.

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APHA applauds EPA for new rules that reduce power plant pollution and benefit health

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APR 25 2024

APHA announces its strong support for a suite of new rules issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce dangerous pollution from the power sector, including significant reductions in carbon pollution, mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from existing coal-fired and future natural gas-fired power plants.

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The 鶹ý and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics applaud USDA’s school nutrition rule

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APR 24 2024

The 鶹ý and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics support improved nutrition and flexibilities to serve local and traditional tribal foods that are possible with updates finalized in the school nutrition standards announced April 24, 2024 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These school nutrition standards will support a healthier school day for millions of children across the country.

AJPH news release

Mental Health Disparities Growing Among Transgender Adults

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APR 10 2024

Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals encounter numerous social and institutional challenges that significantly affect their physical and mental wellbeing. Several studies have indicated a higher mental health burden among transgender adults than cisgender adults. A recent study in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health reports a stark increase in mental health issues among transgender adults from 2014 to 2021.

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Amicus Brief Urges Supreme Court to Protect Public Health and Uphold EMTALA

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APR 02 2024

Leading public health and health care organizations and 133 distinguished deans and public health, health professions, and health law and policy scholars file friend-of-the-court brief to protect the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act in Idaho v. United States

AJPH news release

Special AJPH Publication Explores the Urgency of Public Mental Health

Date:

MAR 27 2024

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health, have created this special issue dedicated to delivering insights that challenge traditional approaches to mental health while focusing on the pressing mental health crises exacerbated by recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, international wars and societal disparities. "The Social Context of Mental Health, Bereavement and Grief: A Call for Public Mental Health" sheds light on the critical intersection of mental health and societal well-being.

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APHA applauds historic EPA asbestos rule

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MAR 18 2024

The 鶹ý today praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for releasing a final rule banning the import and use of chrysotile asbestos. Asbestos, a known carcinogen, is responsible for more than 40,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

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Biden’s proposed 2025 budget bolsters public health

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MAR 12 2024

The modest funding increases outlined in President Biden’s fiscal year 2025 budget proposal would bolster the public health system’s ability to combat the many urgent challenges facing the nation, including public health emergencies, violence prevention and other ongoing public health threats.

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APHA applauds Biden’s commitment to public health

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MAR 07 2024

As we all prepare for the 2024 State of the Union, APHA has listed some of Biden's successes and our hopes for his future initiatives.

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Mass shooting in Kansas City highlights need for sensible gun laws

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FEB 15 2024

The 鶹ý condemns yesterday’s mass shooting in Kansas City. We see it as a sign that we have waited too long to pass the sensible and comprehensive policies this nation needs, and encourage our representatives to do so.

AJPH news release

Special AJPH supplement offers solutions to healthcare workers’ mental health challenges

Date:

FEB 14 2024

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have created this special issue dedicated to tackling the urgent matter of mental health among healthcare workers. Health Worker Mental Health: From the Current Crisis to a Sustainable Future delves into the challenges confronting health workers and examines critical research findings that aim to cultivate tangible solutions.

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APHA welcomes updated, stronger particulate matter pollution standard

Date:

FEB 07 2024

APHA is pleased that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a critical final rule today that will update the annual national ambient air quality standard for particulate matter pollution.

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APHA mourns the passing of past president, June Jackson Christmas

Date:

JAN 22 2024

The 鶹ý is deeply saddened by the loss of visionary leader, compassionate advocate, renowned psychiatrist and former 鶹ý President, Dr. June Jackson Christmas.

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APHA adopts new public health policy statements

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JAN 19 2024

APHA’s Governing Council adopted seven new policy statements focused on the critical issues of vaccine equity, youth physical activity programs, incarcerated patient care, forcible displacement of people living unsheltered, fall prevention in older adults and public health requests within enduring international conflict. These policies will help shape APHA's position on legislation and regulations and be utilized to write briefs, fact sheets, reports and statements on these public health topics.