Susan Polan, Ph.D., is associate executive director for public affairs and advocacy with the American Public Health Association. She oversees the Association's departments of government relations, affiliate affairs, communications, membership, and component affairs.
Prior to joining APHA, Polan worked as the director of government relations at the Trust for America's Health as the lead lobbyist to Congress, federal agencies and the administration on public health infrastructure development, chronic disease prevention, and a nationwide health tracking network.
In addition, Polan has drafted legislation on tobacco control and Safe and Drug Free Schools as an American Association for Advancement of Science Congressional science and technology fellow. She was a professional staff member on the Aging Subcommittee of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee focusing on health care reform; women’s health and adolescent health issues. Polan served as director of government relations at the American Cancer Society and as president and senior advisor of Partnership for Prevention.
Polan holds a BS in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an MS in health psychology from San Diego State University, as well as a doctorate in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine.