For Immediate Release
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New APHA Congressional Scorecard Shows Encouraging Signs, Slow Progress in Public Health Policy

Washington, D.C., February 3, 2011 — The American Public Health Association today released its annual public health voting record, which tracks how members of Congress voted on key public health legislation.

APHA’s report was compiled by examining hundreds of individual votes and selecting key public health votes during the second session of the 111th Congress in 2010.

Key health legislation in the U.S. Senate included in this year’s congressional record focused on issues such as health reform, discretionary spending caps, greenhouse gas regulation, diversion of prevention and public health fund, and food safety modernization.

The U.S. House took up a similar scope of health policies including health reform, repeal of the prevention and public health fund, reauthorization of child nutrition programs and food safety modernization.

“The legislative decisions Congress makes every day have an extraordinary impact on ordinary people, so it is critical that we hold our lawmakers accountable for those decisions,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. “We are encouraged by our public health champions in Congress who have placed a high priority on eliminating health disparities, preventing disease and finding long-term solutions to the health challenges facing our country today.”

While the voting record is a helpful tool for assessing a member’s support for public health, it is not a comprehensive evaluation of their qualifications for office or their overall judgment of a member’s performance solely based on this report.

PRESS: Press may request a complimentary copy of the congressional record by contacting Audrey Pernik at 202-777-2509 or Audrey.Pernik@apha.org.

MEMBERS: APHA members may access a PDF version of the vote tally from the APHA website by using their member password. Members who need more information should call Donald Hoppert at 202-777-2514 or e-mail donald.hoppert@apha.org. Members who have forgotten their member password should e-mail membership.mail@apha.org or call 202-777-2400.

NON-MEMBERS: The congressional record appears in the February 2011 issue of The Nation’s Health, the official newspaper of APHA. The voting record may be ordered by purchasing a single copy of the February 2011 issue for $8 by phone at 800-633-4931, fax at 205-995-1588 or e-mail at apha@subscriptionoffice.com.

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