Posts tagged "advocacy"

U.S. House rejects farm bill

The U.S. House of Representatives blocked its version of the farm bill Thursday afternoon in a surprising 195-234 vote. The defeat of the measure was a victory for APHA and public health advocates, as the reauthorization of the bill included drastic cuts to important nutrition and public health programs.

Immigration bill has public health impact

As immigration reform picks up momentum on Capitol Hill this week, health advocates are calling on Congress to consider public health consequences of certain provisions included in the sweeping legislation.

Nutrition and hunger program funding jeopardized in farm bill

Public health groups are calling on the U.S. Senate to protect key health-related provisions in the reauthorization of the farm bill in advance of debate today.

Senate bill seeks to close tobacco tax loophole

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is set to introduce legislation today to close loopholes that allow Big Tobacco to avoid federal excise tax for sales of loose tobacco often used in pipes and roll-your-own cigarettes.

APHA files comments on workplace wellness program

APHA submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday on a key rule in the Affordable Care Act that provides discounts to workplace wellness programs to workers if they meet certain health and fitness benchmarks such as cholesterol and BMI.

A look at how public health fared in the elections

Voters from across the country cast their ballot on Tuesday for state and local measures that will have tremendous impact on the health of their communities. From fracking to tobacco control, we rounded up a variety of initiatives with implications for public health that made their way to the ballot.

Online-only: Health factors big in 2012 presidential, party platforms

On Nov. 6, Americans will head to the polls to vote for the next U.S. president. Whether voters choose Democratic candidate President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, may depend on which health platforms they support.

New infographic illustrates public health impact

APHA recently published an infographic that illustrates how investments in public health and prevention funding can provide a major return on investment measured in both lives and money saved.

Sequestration will have far-reaching impact on health

Tough cuts to federal public health funding loom large for local communities across the country as Congress nears its deadline to pass a federal deficit reduction plan.

Citing need for stronger funding, APHA chief testifies at congressional hearing on emergency preparedness

The United States needs to increase funding for emergency response and preparedness, APHA’s executive director told members of Congress last Wednesday.

D.C. health advocates meet to discuss women’s health

From the marble halls of Congress to the kitchen tables across the country, there has been much talk about women’s health in recent months. And in the city that is home to the U.S. Capitol – and some of the nation’s poorest health outcomes – the same issue took center stage this week.

Public health programs on the chopping block in White House budget

Health advocates raised concern on Monday about deep cuts to key public health and prevention programs included in President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposal.