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November 12th, 2012

Ask Your Representatives to Join in Telling President Obama: Don't Cut Our Ounce of Prevention

Now that the election is over, we know that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay and that incredible opportunities lie ahead for transforming our health system to focus on prevention. But before we can move ahead, we must defend what we already have.

Imagine a federal program that would help cities create bicycle paths and hiking trails. That would enable corner stores to sell fruits and vegetables in communities where the nearest full-service grocery is miles away. That would support city parks in high-crime areas to stay open after dark so kids could safely play soccer or basketball. We have that program now—and it’s boosting economic development in our communities today and will reduce healthcare costs tomorrow. It's also under threat.

Last year, the Prevention and Public Health Fund—part of the Affordable Care Act—provided $1 billion for such services, along with vaccines for children and expanded check-ups for people at risk of diabetes. In a federal budget of $3.8 trillion, that’s less than .03 percent—about two-and-a-half cents for every $100 spent. But opponents call it a slush fund and have repeatedly tried to eliminate it. As President Obama and Congressional leaders begin budget negotiations on the so-called "fiscal cliff," we need to make sure money dedicated to preventing illness and injury before it occurs doesn't get shoved over the edge.

Members of the California Congressional delegation have started a letter they'll be sending to the President urging him to resist efforts to take money out of this critical fund. Download a copy of the letter, here.

We need other members of Congress from California to join in this effort. Please contact your Representatives and ask that they join this effort and sign the letter. Don't cut our ounce of prevention.

Join us: Stand up for Prevention

Ask your Representatives to sign on in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. We've made it easy -- use our simple online tool to send an email directly to your legislators.

Upcoming forum: What's Ahead: Public Health and the Prevention Fund

Prevention Institute, the American Public Health Association, PolicyLink, the Public Health Institute, and Trust for America's Health will be hosting a web forum on November 14th to discuss future of public health and prevention funding, share prevention work underway across the country, and highlight action steps to protect public health and prevention funding. Register today.

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