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.

Week of November 3 - 9

  • Florida voters approved a ballot measure restoring voting rights to 1.5 million people with felony records who have completed their sentences. 
  • In California, statewide ballot propositions to fund housing bonds and housing and services for the homeless passed, but voters declined to give local governments the power to enact new rent control policies. A proposal to repeal the 12-cent per gallon gas tax that funds infrastructure, transit, and active transportation programs was rejected by voters. Los Angeles voters approved Measure W, which would levy a new parcel tax to fund stormwater collection. 
  • Ohio voters rejected a ballot measure that would have de-felonized drug possession in the state and enacted other measures to curb mass incarceration. 
  • Up to 500,000 low-income Americans could gain Medicaid coverage as a result of midterm results. Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah passed ballot initiatives to expand Medicaid, and Kansas, Maine, and Wisconsin elected new governors who are likely to pursue the Medicaid expansion that previous governors rejected. Montana voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have extended funding for the Medicaid expansion past June 2019, in part by raising taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. 
  • Oregon and Washington State voters weighed soda industry-sponsored ballot measures that would preempt future taxes on sugary drinks. Oregon voters rejected the proposal, while Washington State voters approved the ban on future sugar-sweetened beverage taxes. 
  • Portland, Oregon, voters approved the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Initiative, a ballot measure that will implement a 1% surcharge on large retail corporations to fund clean energy projects and green infrastructure, with at least 50% of projects to "specifically benefit low-income residents and communities of color." 

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November 9, 2018

PI submitted a public comment letter opposing proposed changes to the public charge rule. Read the letter here. 

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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