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Guidelines for Introducing an ACPM Resolution
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Any active member of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) may submit a policy statement or resolution for consideration. Any resolution brought to the College by a non-ACPM member must be sponsored by an active member before it will be considered by the College.

Resolutions should be as evidence-based as possible. They should include the following components:

  • Title
  • Author, including ACPM membership status
  • Date submitted
  • "Whereas" statements describing the background, problem to be addressed, and purpose for the resolution, including supporting data, if available
  • "Resolved" statements describing the policy position and action steps that ACPM should take
  • References, if available
  • Fiscal note (estimated cost to ACPM of implementing the resolution)
  • A suspense date (date the policy should be re-evaluated, if other than ACPM’s 3-year default)

While ACPM maintains all final resolutions on file indefinitely (although the actual policies may sunset), only the "Resolve" statements shall be adopted into ACPM policy. Thus, authors are encouraged to write Resolve statements that will stand alone.

In preparing resolutions, authors are asked to consider the ACPM’s external and internal review criteria outlined below.


  • Mortality, morbidity, and economic burden on the population
  • Potential favorable impact of preventive measures on the health and quality of life of the population
  • Scientific validity of policy, if available


  • Extent to which an ACPM policy position will help to advance the mission and goals of ACPM
  • Extent to which ACPM can make a unique contribution or has a special interest in the issue
  • Potential for increasing visibility of ACPM and the preventive medicine specialty
  • Potential costs and benefits to ACPM in human, financial, and political resources
  • Prior analysis of ACPM policy compendium
  • Potential to promote ACPM membership recruitment, involvement, and professional interests
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