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APHA Policy

APHA Policy 20227: A Strategy to Address Systemic Racism and Violence as Public Health Priorities: Training and Supporting Community Health Workers to Advance Equity and Violence Prevention

Principal authors include CHASM Founders/Directors Rumana Rabbani, CHW-VPP, MHA, PhD Student; and Abdul Hafeedh bin Abdullah, CHW-VPP; along with Dannie Ritchie, MPH, MD; Cynthia Williams, PhD; Keila Marlin, MPH; and Noelle Wiggins (Advisor), EdD, MSPH.

During the American Public Health Association (APHA) 150th anniversary conference on November 8, 2022, a new Community Health Worker (CHW) policy addressing equity and violence prevention was passed. Policy Number 20227: A Strategy to Address Racism and Violence as Public Health Priorities: Community Health Workers Advancing Equity & Violence Prevention, led by CHWs using a participatory process and supported by 30+ CHWs leaders/allies across the country. More than half of the authors and co-authors identify as CHWs.

Read the full press release (PDF).

View the full policy (PDF)

Also available is a recording of NACHW’s 1st Annual National Day of Racial Healing Webinar on January 17, 2023 featuring the APHA CHW Section Policy Proposal.

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