The Student Assembly is excited to announce our National Student Meeting in conjunction with the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting! Our theme this year is “From the Ground Up: Ensuring the Right to National Health Equity.” Be on the look out for more information coming soon on speakers, presentations, and giveaways! Let us know your excitement using the social media hashtags #FTGU17 and #APHA17! Want to attend but feeling pinched by a student budget? Apply for the student scholarship by July 9! More details can be found on this application link, and further questions can be directed to Student Assembly Chair Rachael Mitchell.
We look forward to seeing you at #APHA17 and #FTGU17! Register here!
HEALTH CARE POLICY UPDATE
The Senate is closing in on a health care bill that could affect coverage for tens of millions of Americans. They hope to vote on the bill before leaving for recess on June 30! This bill is being drafted by a small working group of 13 senators behind closed doors without hearings from experts, public input from patients or healthcare leaders, or the opportunity for amendments. The bill is anticipated to remove funding from Medicaid and eliminate insurance coverage for millions of people currently insured under the Affordable Care Act.
So how can students take action?
- Call your senators and urge them to oppose efforts to repeal the ACA by dialing the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, introduce yourself as a constituent and public health professional, and use these talking points.
- Send an email using APHA’s Action Alert.
- If you're on Twitter, tweet a message to your member of Congress.
- Encourage your personal and social networks to take action!
We are the future of public health! Our action makes a difference!