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Health Reform Rapid Response: July 9, 2013

Help Make the Case: Build Support for Prevention Strategies That Are Working

In West Virginia, farm-to-school programs are improving school food, allowing kids to sample fresh produce in their school lunches and helping farmers identify regular customers. In Hennepin, the Minnesota county that includes Minneapolis, 350 apartment buildings have changed policies and become completely smoke-free, providing healthier environments for renters. These and scores of other communities across the country are becoming healthier places with support from Community Transformation Grants provided by the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

The grants support critical on-the-ground efforts to stem rising rates of chronic disease. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency that administers the program, about 130 million Americans live in communities that have received transformation grants and stand to benefit from the efforts. A recent American Public Health Association article captured some of the success stories here.

Despite the value of these investments, the Prevention and Public Health Fund has been a frequent target in Congress and remains vulnerable to attack. As prevention champions, we must continue to bring these vital efforts to the attention of the media—and remind the public that programs like these keep people healthy in the first place.

To help you make the case for prevention funding, we’ve rounded up some resources about the Prevention and Public Health Fund and Community Transformation Grants:

We hope you’ll join the chorus of voices standing up for the Fund’s successes by writing a letter to the editor or Op-Ed. If you do, don’t forget to send us an email and we’ll include it in an upcoming Rapid Response.

Book Reading with Rishi Manchanda, Author of “The Upstream Doctors”

Please join us at Prevention Institute's Oakland offices July 15, 4-6 p.m. for a book reading of The Upstream Doctors with author Rishi Manchanda.

A compelling blend of stories and analysis, The Upstream Doctors offers a vision of the future of health care -- one in which a new generation of practitioners look upstream for the social and environmental sources of health problems, rather than applying symptomatic relief. Learn more and register here.

Can't come in person? Follow on Twitter. We'll be live-tweeting and posting pictures from the event. Follow us at @preventioninst to stay connected. We'll use the hashtag #UpstreamDrs during the event.

Eye on the Sequester: Cancer Prevention

Sequestration's harmful cuts to public health and prevention have gouged cancer research and prevention funding. This week, LIVESTRONG advocates went to D.C. to urge Congress to make cancer prevention a priority. Read more.

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