Back row, left to right: Tom Albani (NEOMED), Greg Ervin (Health Commissioner, Jackson County Health District), Erica Abrams (PhD student at Case Western Reserve University), Bill Spears (Associate Professor of Community Health and Pediatrics, Center for Global Health Systems, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine), Apoorva Chandar (MPH student at Case Western Reserve University), Marietta Orlowski, (Associate Professor, Wright State University) Front row, left to right: Lois Hall (Executive Director, Ohio Public Health Association), Amy Lee (NEOMED), Iris Meltzer (public health consultant), Nancy Shapiro (OPHA ARGC & Delaware County Health District), Tom Quade (American Public Health Association Executive Board & Deputy Health Commissioner, Summit County Health District)

During APHA’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., last month, a number of members took to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress to advocate for improved public health funding and to protect critical public health programs. 

APHA members from Ohio met with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to shore up his support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, protect the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant and support the Clean Air Act. Several advocates also met with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

Other APHA members from Montana and California as well as members of the APHA International Health Section also made in-person visits with key elected official while they were in D.C.

Prior to the Annual Meeting, APHA staff provided members with important information on scheduling and attending meetings with representatives on Capitol Hill. To learn more about the tips and materials provided, go to APHA’s Annual Meeting Hill Visits site.