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Week of August 13th to 17th

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released preliminary estimates showing that drug overdoses killed 72,000 people in the US in 2017, a 10% increase over 2016. An influx of deadly synthetic opioids was largely to blame for the increase.
  • The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is poised to approve Medicaid work requirements in Arizona, Maine, and Wisconsin, even as work requirements in other states encounter legal challenges. Politico reports that “an attempt by Arizona to impose work requirements but exempt Native Americans is expected to be denied as part of the review—a move that effectively reiterates the administration's position that members of tribes might need to get jobs to keep their health care.” In Arkansas, which recently implemented work requirements for some Medicaid recipients, more than 5,000 recipients are at risk of losing healthcare coverage after not reporting work hours during the past two months.
  • California organizations and activists submitted enough signatures to place the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act on the 2020 ballot. This ballot measure would close loopholes in Proposition 13 to generate more tax dollars from commercial and industrial properties. If approved by voters, the measure is projected to increase funding for schools and other public services by $11 billion per year.
  • Click here to read PI's weekly media digest for the week of August 13th - 17th


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Please tell Congress to oppose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) changes that would increase hunger and worsen health inequities. Learn how to take action here.

Along with several other supporting organizations, Prevention Institute has signed onto the 22 by 22 campaign urging Congress to increase funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 22 percent by fiscal year 2022. Spread the word about this campaign with this fact sheet, and sign your organization on to support 22 by 22 here

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June 21st 2018

PI's joint letter with TFAH, APHA, NACCHO, PHI, and ASPPH urges the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reunite the families who have been separated during the "zero tolerance" policy and provide the necessary health and mental health services to mitigate any long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences that children of these families may have experienced due to separation.

April 20th 2018 

  • In support of the youth-led movement challenge to the status quo on guns, and renewed calls for action to address gun violence, Prevention Institute released an updated list of recommendations to prevent multiple forms of gun violence. 

September 27th

  • PI’s action alert  applauds Senator Collins and Senator John McCain for speaking out against the Graham-Cassidy bill and the process that produced it.

September 25th

  • PI and the leadership from the American Public Health Association, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America’s Health released a joint statement and call to action denouncing the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill.

    September  22nd

    September 15th and 19th


    September 7th

    • Following the decision to rollback DACA, PI calls on Congress to defend the Dreamers

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