Public Health ACTion (PHACT) campaign

PHACT CAMPAIGN

The Public Health ACTion, or PHACT, campaign gives you the tools you need to talk to your members of Congress about the importance of public health. 

Join APHA members, Affiliates and other advocates in educating members of Congress on important public health issues that help build and maintain healthy communities. During congressional recess, reach out to your congressional leaders to express support for protecting critical funding for public health agencies and the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and in addressing the health impacts of climate change and child nutrition reauthorization. When we all raise our voices together, our leaders in Congress are more likely to listen!

Find out how public health funding is faring in your state with our PHACT state fact sheets.

Read APHA members' op-eds and letters to the editor.

PUBLIC HEALTH FUNDING

Read the fact sheet (PDF)

CDC funding state fact sheets

HRSA funding state fact sheets

Get information on sequestration's impact on public health funding

Tell your members of Congress to prioritize public health funding!

PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH FUND

Read the fact sheet (PDF)

Funding distribution of the Prevention and Public Health Fund

State fact sheets on the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Trust for America's Health)

List of organizations supporting the fund (PDF)

Read the series of Senate Dear Colleague letters spearheaded by Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, Sen. Patty Murray, and joined by other senators addressed to their fellow colleagues to educate them on the public health benefits of the prevention fund. Be sure to thank your senator for their support if they signed the letter!

Tell your members of Congress to support the PPHF!

CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH

Read the fact sheet (PDF)

Check out APHA's climate and health infographic

Visit APHA's Climate Change page

Tell your members of Congress to oppose efforts to block or delay EPA from moving forward with protecting public health from the impacts of climate change!

CHILD NUTRITION REAUTHORIZATION

Read the fact sheet (PDF)

A bill was recently introduced in the House that would restrict the community eligibility option -- this allows high-poverty schools to provide breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students. It could negatively impact 7,000 schools which serve close to 3.4 million students. Check out this spreadsheet for the complete list of schools that would be affected along with the corresponding congressional district. 

Letter from 750 national and state organizations opposing H.R. 5003, the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, legislation that would reduce access to and weaken child nutrition programs (May 17) 

APHA supports Senate bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs (Jan. 19 APHA News Release)

Check out this infographic on healthy school foods

USDA fact sheet on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Child Nutrition: The Key to Creating the Healthiest Generation (USDA Blog post by APHA's Georges C. Benjamin, MD)

Urge your members of Congress to strengthen child nutrition!

Share your story: Email us at phact@apha.org. Tell us about your involvement in the PHACT campaign. Let us know how public health funding or climate change is impacting your community.

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Have questions or need information on this campaign? Contact APHA's Government Relations Staff at 202-777-2513 or via email.

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2015 OP-EDS AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
2014 OP-EDS AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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