Why You Should Give a Hoot About the Clean Air Act

By path2positive

The American Public Health Association - representing all fields of public health and with more than 140 years of institutional experience - is now working to build an understanding and awareness of the health impacts of climate change, including effects on drinking water supplies, changes in vector-borne diseases and an increase in extreme weather events, to name a few. During this process, the organization aims to educate its members on why upholding the Clean Air Act is key to protecting Americans from life-threatening health problems caused by air pollution. APHA is urging the public health community to join together to reject any measure that would block or delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from doing its job to keep our air clean. Can you help do your part? First, take some time to look over state fact sheets with information on how your state ranks on public health funding and health indicators. Next, speak up and ask that the Clean Air Act is upheld. As APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, has said: "We all deserve access to a culture of health – living as long as you can, as well as you can and having a short but glorious ending. It also means having a system in place that ensures we can all achieve it."

Advocacy for Public Health

American Public Health Association I July 2015

APHA, in coordination with its members and state and regional Affiliates, works with key decision- makers to shape public policy to address today's ongoing public health concerns. Those include ensuring access to care, protecting funding for core public health programs and services and eliminating health disparities. APHA is also working on other critical  public health issues including public health and emergency preparedness, food safety, hunger and nutrition, climate change and other environmental health issues, public health infrastructure, disease control, international health and tobacco control.


  • Participate in APHA's legislative action alerts and urge policymakers to vote for and act on behalf of public health programs and services.
  • Public Health ACTion (PHACT) Campaign: Speak out for public health.
  • Coming to D.C.?  Are you, your section or other APHA group planning a trip to Washington, D.C.? Make visiting your members of Congress part of your agenda!
  • Get involved in APHA's policy statement development process!

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