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APA Submits Testimony on Militarization of Police Forces
Statement discusses background research, more effective methods.
Coalition Action Urges Obama Administration to Prioritize Early Learning Spending
31 national organizations sign on to letters.
APA Testifies Before Congress on Suicide Prevention
Psychologist joins acting surgeon general, former congressman on panel.
Spend a Year Working on Policy in Washington, D.C.
APA fellowships offer psychologists at all points in their career the chance to apply their skills in government.
APA Trains Governance on Advocacy, Coordinates Hill and Agency Visits
Meetings with policymakers focus on federal HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs.
- Summer 2014 Activities Report (PDF, 4.0MB)
Key Policy Areas
Advocacy efforts address mental health care and community-based services, poverty, violence, suicide, elder abuse, caregiver support, and improving psychological services in long-term care.
Children, Youth and Families
Advocacy efforts address child abuse, access to child care and pre-school programs, improving mental health, juvenile justice, and violence prevention.
Ethnic Minority Affairs
Advocacy efforts address improving health and reducing health care disparities, cultural competence, the Minority Fellowship Program, American Indian/Alaska Native health services, and immigration.
Health Disparities and Health Care Reform
Advocacy efforts address reducing health disparities across all populations, health care reform policy, increasing access to mental and behavioral health services, and addressing the social determinants of health.
HIV and AIDS
Advocacy efforts address substance use, mental and behavioral health, addressing stigma, and the effective application of psychology to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Individuals with Disabilities
Advocacy efforts address access to health care, employment protections, addressing stigma, international issues, parents with disabilities, and elementary and secondary education.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
Advocacy efforts address stigma, discrimination and prejudice, hate crimes, health disparities, health data collection and research, violence, bullying prevention and workplace rights.
Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
Advocacy efforts address access to health care, education, safe and affordable housing, adequate wages, safety net programs and employment laws.
Trauma, Violence and Abuse
APA advocacy efforts related to violence prevention and gun violence include threat assessment, increasing the research base, and disseminating evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies.
Advocacy efforts address include addressing postpartum depression, reproductive health, prevention of violence and abuse, and equality in employment and education.