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Message from Elise Papke, ARGC, on the PHACT Campaign

Sunday, July 30, 2017  
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Speak out for public health with APHA’s advocacy campaign - the PHACT Campaign

Every August APHA sponsors the PHACT Campaign during the congressional recess.  This is an opportunity to be in touch with our representatives about important issues for Wisconsin.  Of course the main issue is proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act.  We need to ensure that the percentage of uninsured residents doesn't rise dramatically again, after about a 37% decline between 2013 and 2015 (FamiliesUSA, December 2016).  We also need to advocate for the preservation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  Wisconsin (p. 64) would loose about $60 million over five years if this provision is repealed.   Another focus area for advocacy is climate change.  See this DPH website for information about the Wisconsin Climate and Health Program.  

The PHACT Campaign offers the tools you need to gain the attention of your members of Congress.  There are many ways to influence the decisions of your members of Congress: 

  • Meet with your members of Congress or their staff, or invite them to visit you.
  • Attend a public forum and ask a question.
  • Submit an op-ed to your local paper. For a template letter, email and for some inspiration, read published pieces by APHA members and Affiliates.
  • Use social media to engage with your members of Congress.
  • Send an email or call and use an APHA action alert as a phone script or email message.

Learn more about how to get involved by watching the 2017 PHACT campaign webinar.


I invite you to write a letter or make a phone call or attend a forum with your senator or representative.  My goal is to have 10% participation from members in each Section!  I look forward to hearing updates with what activities have been taken and how many members contributed to this advocacy effort.  I plan to provide periodic updates during August.

I appreciate your support of this advocacy effort and look forward to hearing from you.



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