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APHA urges Congress to protect critical disease prevention and health promotion funding

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., February 15, 2012 – “The American Public Health Association is calling on members of Congress today to block any measure that would reduce, eliminate or divert funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a historic investment in prevention and public health that was included in the Affordable Care Act.

“The reported proposal under consideration in Congress, which would offset Medicare doctor payment legislation, would divert monies from this hard-fought, critically needed fund and deal a devastating blow. This wrong-headed move would deny much-needed funding to state and local public health departments that support community-based disease prevention programs such as breast and colon cancer screenings and tobacco cessation programs.

“APHA is counting on our public health champions in Congress to repudiate this measure and find a more appropriate way to offset the Medicare “doc fix” and unemployment benefits.”

Today, APHA issued an action alert calling on advocates to contact Congress to express opposition to cutting the Fund. APHA has long advocated for a robust public health system that emphasizes prevention and will continue to protect the fund so that it is used to help fund critical preventive health services and wellness initiatives consistent with its original intent.

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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at www.apha.org.