New public health policy statements adopted at APHA 2020

Source: New public health policy statements adopted at APHA 2020

Date: Oct 25 2020

Contact: Media Relations

The American Public Health Association’s Governing Council adopted 19 new policy statements at its 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo yesterday, covering topics such as e-cigarettes, children’s vision care and the separation of immigrant families.

(Disclaimer: These brief descriptions are not comprehensive and do not include every point, statement or conclusion presented in the policy statements. For the full statements, which will be posted in early 2021, visit the APHA website.)

202013 Strengthening the dementia care workforce — Recognizing the need to equip workers with the capacity and skills to care for a growing population with dementia, recommends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increase funding to state, local and tribal health departments to expand policy development, data collection and training programs to enhance the dementia care workforce. Urges relevant state credentialing bodies to integrate dementia competencies into their professional licensure requirements and exams. Recommends the development of reimbursement models for evidence-based dementia social care, community-based services and public health approaches that benefit people with dementia. Calls on relevant agencies to promote prioritization of equity and cultural competence in dementia workforce development efforts.

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