Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health - CPATH

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The American Public Health Association resolution describes threats to global health and equity posed by the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The resolution calls for action to advance the interests of population health including: establishing a commission with the mandate to explore the impact of free trade agreements on population health and the public health infrastructure before further liberalization of trade through GATS, FTAA, or bilateral agreements; alternative proposals such as the Fair Trade Agreement of the Americas to promote trade agreements that advance the interests of population health, including international labor rights and safe working conditions; and encouraging the alliance of public health professionals and affiliates across international borders to advance such alternatives.

Click here for APHA Policy Statement


The California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO), which includes the state, county and city health officers who are responsible for safeguarding health at the community level, passed a strong resolution in 2004 addressing the impact of globalization on community health in California, and calling for public health accountability. CPATH provided technical support and strategic collaboration. 

Click here for CCLHO Position Statement


The National Association of City and County Health Officers (NACCHO) position statement, adopted in October, 2004, calls for action on trade and health.

Click here for NACCHO Position Statement

CPATH provided support to physicians who worked with the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees to issue a report calling for trade agreements to protect public health and medical services. The report was adopted by the AMA’s governing body (House of Delegates) and is now official AMA policy.

Click here for AMA Position Statement

Water Privatization:

Elected Officials - In April 2004, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Ghana National Coalition Against Privatization (NCAP) of Water's efforts to keep water publicly accountable, and in commendation of Rudolf Amenga-Etego, leader of the NCAP, who was in the United States as a recipient of the 2004 Goldman Environmental Prize. 


Click here for San Francisco Supervisors Resolution

Bringing a Public Health Voice to Global Trade and Sustainable Development
Ellen R. Shaffer and Joe Brenner, Co-Directors
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