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Have You Made a Prevention Resolution for 2014?

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With the new year beginning, the conversation on health reform and the Affordable Care Act -- in the news and on the Hill -- remains stuck squarely on health insurance and state exchanges. The daily, critical work of community prevention continues to fly under the radar. But prevention remains a critical component of a more just and equitable health system, and the Prevention and Public Health Fund, the nation's largest source of dedicated prevention funding, is still vulnerable to potential cuts as we move into the New Year.

Luckily, thanks to you, our Health Reform Rapid Response Network is stronger than ever. This past year, we've banded together to successfully make the case for prevention time and time again. Here are a just a few of our successes. Together, we've...

  • conducted our first ever Health Reform Rapid Response Network survey, providing useful insight into the kinds of tools and resources that are most helpful to you in advancing support for community prevention.
  • wrote countless comments on news stories, letters to the editor and op-ed submissions.
  • sent over 1,100 messages to Congress in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Thank you for telling your community prevention stories in 2013. Yes, data matters -- but speaking from the heart and sharing stories of the positive changes that community prevention is making on the ground -- does the most to shore up prevention champions, win over skeptics and keep the Prevention and Public Health Fund going strong.

Heading into the New Year, one of our prevention resolutions is to keep growing and improving our Health Reform Rapid Response Network, but we need your help. In 2014, we promise to send you the latest updates on prevention in health reform, including media analyses, tools and resources, and new studies to help you make the case. We hope you'll make a prevention resolution with us -- resolve to tell a friend about our Health Reform Rapid Response network, leave a comment on a news story in support of prevention, contact Congress, or even write a letter to the editor or Op-ed to your local paper about how prevention efforts are improving your community.

We hope that you'll join us in making a prevention resolution -- and if you do, let us know which of these goals you want to accomplish in 2014 (our simple form makes it easy). We'll use your responses to help guide our messages in the new year, and we'll even check back in with you in the coming weeks to provide resources, tips and tools to help you make good on your prevention promises for 2014.


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