PI’s Policy and Advocacy Portal is a one-stop shop for the latest national policy news, advocacy opportunities, and resources relating to community prevention and health equity.

Weeks of July 8th - 14th and 15th - 21st
 

  • The Department of Health and Human Services has spent at least $40 million in the past two months to detain and attempt to reunite migrant children separated from their families under the Trump administration’s family separation policy. These funds are being drained from existing HHS programs, including funds designated to address public health emergencies. An analysis by the Associated Press finds that detaining immigrant children has “morphed into a surging industry in the US that now reaps $1 billion annually – a tenfold increase over the past decade.
     
  • The House voted to go to conference with the Senate to craft a compromise on the farm bill. The version approved by the House would impose strict work requirements on some recipients, which the Senate version would not do. Current farm bill funding is set to expire at the end of September.
     
  • Seema Verma, head of the Trump administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced that a federal judge’s decision to block the state of Kentucky from implementing new work requirements on Medicaid recipients will not affect the administration’s consideration of work requirement proposals by other states.
     
  • This week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved adding a measure to the November 2018 ballot that would fund a Safe, Clean Water Program for the county. If approved by voters, the ballot measure would implement a 2.5-cents per square foot parcel tax within the Los Angeles County Flood Control District to fund infrastructure projects that would make water supplies safer and more reliable; reduce polluted water runoff in streets, rivers, and at beaches; create more greenspace in neighborhoods; and generate jobs and career pathways.   

 

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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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