Speak For Health

Speak for Health An Initiative of the American Public Health Association

Speak for Health is how APHA members stand up for public health interests.

APHA believes public health professionals deserve a stronger voice in public health advocacy. Together, we can change the narrative and turn the tide. #SpeakForHealth

APHA is the leading voice for public health in Washington. The policies we advance are based in science, research and member-led processes. 

Join us and Speak for Health — for today and future generations.

Public Health on the Ballot

This November, 435 U.S. representatives and 35 U.S. senators are up for election. As you consider your options at the polls ask your candidates these questions to find out where they stand on critical public health issues (PDF). We need champions in Washington, D.C., who will support evidence-based policies that prioritize the public’s health.

What can you do?

  • Attend a town hall, send an email or reach out on Twitter and ask your candidates  for their position on these public health issues (PDF). 
  • Use this template to write an op-ed for your local newspaper about public health as an issue on the ballot. 
  • Still can’t find the answer? Encourage your friends and neighbors to ask these questions, too! If enough people ask, candidates will make the public's health a priority.
  • Share these images on social media:
Make sure you're asking the right questions before Election Day Do you  know which of your candidates will support public health?


What else can you do to #SpeakForHealth?

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

And share these images on social media to help us spread the word:

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Speak for Health resources

PUBLIC HEALTH FUNDING

Fact sheets

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration (PDF) 

Developing a Financing System to Support Public Health Infrastructure (PDF)

CDC funding state fact sheets

HRSA funding state fact sheets

Letters

Organization letter to House and Senate leaders urging a significant, long-term investment in public health infrastructure in future legislation to speed the response to the COVID-19 pandemic (July 2)

Friends of HRSA letter to House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee leaders in support of $8.8 billion for HRSA's discretionary programs in the FY 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (Feb. 26)

CDC Coalition letter to House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee leaders in support of at least $8.3 billion for CDC's programs in the FY 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (Feb. 26)

Action alerts

Speak for health: support health funding in FY 2021

Prioritize public health in legislation to combat COVID-19

PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH FUND/AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Support for the Affordable Care Act, improvements and impacts of repeal

Letters and briefs

  • APHA letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act (June 26)
  • 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) 

Fact sheets and other supporting documents

The Prevention and Public Health Fund

Letters and background

CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Action alerts

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

Letters

Organization letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders in support of a total of $50 million in FY 2021 funding for CDC and NIH to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention (March 30)

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) 

STAY INFORMED

Stay informed: Sign up for APHA emails on the Speak for Health campaign and other interests.

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Email us for assistance with submitting an opinion editorial or letter to the editor.

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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