It was an unprecedented year for public health, with a dizzying news cycle. At Public Health Newswire, stories about COVID-19 and the urgency of racial equity were among the top-read of the year, along with posts about popular APHA events and offerings, such as National Public Health Week and the new "Advancing Racial Equity" webinar series.

Check out and share our top 10 most-read posts of 2020, and look back to see what you might have missed throughout the year.

  1. Call for abstracts open for APHA 2020
    The APHA 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo ended up being the Association’s very first all-virtual meeting, welcoming more than 9,000 attendees. 
  2. Beyond containment
    Strong public health leadership and science-based policies are needed to contain COVID-19 in the U.S., according to health experts who spoke at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.
  3. Guest post: COVID-19 exposes society’s failures to support public health
    The COVID-19 pandemic has starkly exposed what public health workers have known for years: We, as a society, have failed to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.
  4. Guest post: COVID-19 and health equity: It’s deeper than preexisting conditions
    The public health field has an opportunity to shape the discourse about COVID-19 inequities to ensure that the root causes of the problem are acknowledged and addressed within, and well beyond, the pandemic.
  5. Guest post: We need equity-oriented solutions to COVID-19, not stigma, discrimination and fear
    As COVID-19 continues to spread and affect people in the U.S. and across the globe, Asian people and communities are facing another unwanted outbreak: xenophobic racism.
  6. Start planning today for National Public Health Week 2020
    National Public Health Week 2020 marked its 25th anniversary last April. 
  7. Please stay home
    “To save lives, we urgently need to slow the spread of the virus now,” said the Big Cities Health Coalition, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, in an open letter published in newspapers across the country.  
  8. APHA kicks off webinar series with “Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition”
    Closing gaps in health and disease risk means tackling the root cause of such disparities — racism. 
  9. Racism is an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention now
    A statement from APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin on the police killing of George Floyd: “Racism is a longstanding systemic structure in this country that must be dismantled.”
  10. APHA’s Center for Climate, Health and Equity announces members of its inaugural advisory board
    The Center for Climate, Health and Equity Advisory Board will explore the critical issues and activities that are important to the communities and populations the center serves.

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