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Week of September 17th - 21st​

  • On Tuesday, September 18th the Senate approved H.R 6157 (115), which includes funding levels for health, education, and labor, and the Department of Defense for FY19. The House is expected to vote on the package next week before sending it to President Trump. The bill also includes a continuing resolution funding the government through December 7th to avoid a government shutdown. H.R 6157 (115) includes the following:

    • The CDC would receive $7,947,741,000 including $804,500,000 in transfers for the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
    • Two CDC programs that were at risk, the CDC Climate and Health program and REACH, are spared in the package, with REACH receiving $55.95 million, a $5 million boost over FY18. The $5 million increase in REACH funding is allocated for CDC’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Program.
    • No funding is provided to allow CDC to research gun violence
  • Congress aims to have a comprehensive package to address the opioid crisis on the desk of the president before lawmakers leave town for midterm elections. The House approved their version of the bill this past June, and the senate approved a package, H.R. 6 (115), 99-1 on Monday, September 17th 2018. The biggest difference in the two packages is that the House appropriates new spending for the bill, while the Senate does not. Both chambers will now work to reconcile the key differences in their bills, most notably patient privacy and treatment centers. For an in-depth synthesis of the package, read ASTHO’s legislative alert summarizing key public health provisions in the bill: ASTHO Summary and Analysis

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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.

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    September 7th

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

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