American Public Health Association Adopts 17 New Policy Statements, Includes “Nature, Health and Wellness”

American Public Health Association Adopts 17 New Policy Statements, Includes “Nature, Health and Wellness”
Boston, Nov. 5, 2013 – The American Public Health Association adopted 17 new policy statements at its 141st Annual Meeting in Boston covering topics ranging from social security to noise pollution to extending paid sick leave policies.

Following are brief descriptions of the 17 policy statements adopted by the Governing council on Nov. 5, 2013. These brief descriptions are not comprehensive and do not include every point, statement or conclusion presented in the policy statements. Upon finalization and copyediting, full policy statements will be available at in early 2014. For more information on any of these policy statements, email

20131 Child care health and safety standards — Extends APHA's support of "Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs" to the document's third edition, which was published in 2011. Calls on child care providers, child care health consultants, state health and child care administrators as well as child care licensing organizations to adopt Caring for Our Children as their standard of care. Also encourages federal policymakers to assist states in motivating child care programs to adopt the standards set forth in Caring for Our Children.

20132 Breastfeeding call to action — Continues APHA's strong support of breastfeeding and recognizes efforts to increase breastfeeding rates and narrow breastfeeding disparities as fundamental public health issues. Calls for increasing access to lactation services, especially among under-served populations, and making sure such services are properly reimbursed. Also urges restricting infant…
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