Speak Out

Speak for Health An Initiative of the American Public Health Association

The Speak Out campaign is a summer initiative designed to empower you to make your voice heard. APHA’s Speak for Health materials are used for public health advocacy year-round, but the summer months are an especially important time. Take advantage of the summer recess to attend town hall meetings, invite your representatives to your program or local event, and make sure that members of Congress are prioritizing public health issues. Reach out to your congressional leaders to express support for protecting critical funding for public health agencies and the Prevention and Public Health Fund, addressing the health impacts of climate change, and protecting the Affordable Care Act. When we all raise our voices together, our leaders in Congress are more likely to listen!

The Speak for Health campaign gives you the tools you need to talk to your members of Congress about the importance of public health. 

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

See how APHA members are speaking out.

Share your story: Email us at apha@apha.org. Tell us about your involvement in the Speak for Health campaign.


Impacts of repealing the Affordable Care Act

APHA letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019 (May 7)

APHA letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Prescription Drug Costs Act (May 15)

Public health brief in support of the Affordable Care Act in the case Texas vs. the United States (June 14) 

Read the APHA fact sheet on why we still need the Affordable Care Act (PDF)

Kaiser Family Foundation's summary of the Affordable Care Act

Center of Budget and Policy Priorities state by state impacts report

The Prevention and Public Health Fund

Organization letter supporting the Prevention and Public Health Fund Restoration Act (June 18) 

Read the APHA Prevention and Public Health Fund fact sheet (PDF)

FY 2019 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)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accomplishments using the Prevention and Public Health Fund and FY 2016 state funding levels under the fund


Action alerts

Tell your senators to support universal background checks for all gun sales

Urge the Senate to support gun violence prevention research


Organization letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging $50 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention (Feb. 21)

APHA letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Mike Thompson in support of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (Jan. 9)

Other resources

Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action From the Nation's Leading Physician and Public Health Professional Organizations

APHA Gun Violence Prevention fact sheet (PDF) 


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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.