Public health organizations, community groups and primary care providers are counting on the historic Prevention and Public Health Fund. It moves forward a new vision of health based on the idea of healthy communities, equity and a commitment to wellness. A vote taking place tomorrow in the Senate could put those resources in jeopardy. We are counting on you to lend your voice today--personally and professionally--to defend the Prevention and Public Health Fund and tell your senators they must vote no on the Johanns amendment. The message: Prevention is good for our health, and good for small business.
Prevention Institute is joining public health advocates across the country to send this strong message. This morning, PI Executive Director Larry Cohen and APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin wrote an editorial for Kaiser Health News saying a no vote on Johanns supports small business, our economy and the health of millions of Americans, and Larry also put up an additional article on the Huffington Post. We encourage you to read and share their articles with your colleagues to help make the case of how important it is to take action today.
Here's what you can do:
- Contact your senator directly, and tell them your concerns. We'll help you find your senator and provide a draft letter here.
- Please take a moment to write a letter to Congress from your organization. If you are using staff distribution lists, don't forget to send the letters to health and tax staffers: Senate Tax and Small Business LA List and Senate Health LA List. Please forward a copy of your letter to Rich Hamburg at Trust for America's Health, where these advocacy efforts are being tracked.
- Write a blog, op-ed or letter to the editor of your local paper.
- Sign on as an individual to the APHA letter asking that Senators vote no on the Johanns amendment.
- Visit our Health Reform Advocacy page for more information and actions you can take.
Thanks for staying involved!