Speak for Health Campaign

APHA’s Speak for Health campaign is coming up soon. It’s an opportunity for Affiliate and APHA members to advocate for public health and connect with federal legislators when they are home during August recess. We could potentially plan ALPHA activities, in addition to these ones recommended by APHA:

Speak for Health Ideas:

  • Attend 2021 Speak for Health Advocacy Training Webinar – July 15, 3-5pm (ET) – Link to register for webinar: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/…
  • Only have a few minutes:
  • Have a little more time:
    • Attend a (Virtual) Town Hall
    • Make a congressional visit to your Senators and/or Representative(s)

Other Resources:

ALPHA Board Blog 28 Mar 2021

What would a vaccine for the climate crisis look like?

Over the past year, many commentary writers have pointed out similarities between the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis. They’ve reminded us that, in both cases, we were warned by experts. Many government leaders denied the existence of both problems, and some of the general public were drawn into dismissing the experts. Both threats have no regard for national borders, with the most vulnerable people everywhere being at highest risk.

Okay, fine, but what can that tell us about finding solutions? Well, here’s another important similarity: individual, voluntary actions by citizens aren’t enough. It takes policy actions by the federal government.

Small, individual actions we can take to help fight climate change include replacing light bulbs with LEDs, reducing our meat consumption, and driving less. In a way it’s the same with social distancing and wearing a mask to fight Covid-19 – individual efforts can help slow down the rate of increase (of Covid-19 cases, or of greenhouse gases), but by themselves they aren’t enough to bring an end to either crisis.

For the pandemic, the real solution, of course, is widespread vaccination. And although the vaccines are manufactured by private companies, ensuring their rapid development and distribution are things only the federal government can do. (more…)

ALPHA Board Blog 13 Feb 2021

ALPHA members who attended the membership meeting at the 2021 Health Summit last month participated in one of our primary forms of member engagement, the annual vote to adopt resolutions. This year we adopted seven resolutions on a wide range of topics, all drafted and submitted by members. (You can always find ALPHA’s resolutions, past and present, under the Advocacy & Policy tab above.) In coming weeks, we’ll review each of the 2021 resolutions here, beginning with “Human Health and Protection of Nature.” (more…)

ALPHA Board Blog, 3 Feb 2021

The weeks, and then the days, leading up to the annual Alaska Health Summit were such a frenzy of activity for the ALPHA board and our conference coordinator that these days since the Summit feel almost empty in comparison. Summit preparations were of course made extra complicated by taking it online for the first time. It’s a relief to have the event successfully behind us, and gratifying for all that we learned about the process — especially because of the excellent attendance and participation by ALPHA members. Thanks to all who were there! (more…)

APHA’s Keep It Moving Challenge

Keep It Moving Alaska!

It’s time to get moving — and it’s more fun if we do it together. That’s why the Alaska Public Health Association is participating in APHA’s Keep It Moving Challenge. We’ve created a team called “Alaska Public Health Association.” When you join you’ll be able to track how far your activity takes you each day, see total distance for our team and the collective progress of all teams toward the goal of crossing the country on a virtual map.

The 2021 Challenge begins Jan. 1 and runs through April 11. You can sync your step counting device (iPhone, Android, Fitbit, Apple watch, etc.) or enter activity manually if you don’t have a device. So register today, and let’s get moving! We’ll have a lot of fun, improve our health and keep moving! Join today! 

2021 Alaska Health Summit

“Public Health During Changing Times”

Thank you 2021 Health Summit Sponsor

Division of Public Health/Chronic Disease Prevention Health Promotion

UAA Division of Population Health Sciences

Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA)

Alaska Cancer Partnership

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Mat-Su Health Foundation

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA)

Providence Health & Services Alaska

Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA)

Municipality of Anchorage – Anchorage Health Department

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)

Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT)

 

Thank you 2021 Health Summit Exhibitors

Actionable Data Consulting

Alaska Pacific University

American Lung Association in Alaska

American Society for Circumpolar Health

ANTHC AK Native Epidemiology Center

Assistive Technology of Alaska

Collective Change Consulting

Food and Drug Administration

healtheConnect Alaska

i360 healthcare

Recover Alaska



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

Date: May 29 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: APHA Media Relations, 202-777-3913

Statement from American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD

“I can’t breathe.”

With those last words, George Floyd, an unarmed, handcuffed black man, died this week 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.

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 www.apha.org.