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APHA announces 2019 advocacy priorities

Friday, February 1, 2019  
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On Jan. 25, APHA’s executive director, Georges C. Benjamin, MD, sent a letter to Congress outlining the association’s priorities for the 116th Congress. In the letter, Benjamin urges all members of Congress to consider the potential health effects of any major legislation being considered in either chamber. In particular, he urges Congress to:

  • Strengthen funding for public health agencies and programs including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration;
  • Expand access to comprehensive affordable health coverage and services by upholding the Affordable Care Act, supporting innovative efforts to further expand access to coverage and services and protecting vital safety net programs;
  • Support efforts to address the health impacts of climate change;
  • Address the public health threats from gun violence by supporting universal background checks and funding for public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention; and
  • Maintain strong public health regulations and oppose efforts to weaken regulations, including those impacting child nutrition, reproductive health and environmental health and safety.

In addition to the priorities outlined above, APHA will continue to work with Congress and the administration on a broad range of issues that aim to realize the association’s mission to improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health for all. 


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