Congressional Action Network
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The Voice of Local Health Departments
NACCHO's Congressional Action Network (CAN) was started in 2009 to foster the grassroots voice in Washington on behalf of local health departments and their communities. The CAN has more than 800 members who communicate regularly with their members of Congress, attend NACCHO webinars on advocacy topics, and receive e-mail updates on current issues in Washington. Scroll down to sign up for the CAN.
Webinar on Federal Funding Status and CAN Actions
This CAN webinar, held November 7, provides an update about federal funding for public health and offers practical examples of what you can do to communicate with policymakers about the role of local health departments and the impact of cuts on communities.
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Current Advocacy Actions
Online Advocacy Guide
NACCHO's Online Advocacy Guide provides you with the information and tools you need to communicate with Members of Congress. It provides background on NACCHO's advocacy priorities, the difference between advocacy and lobbying and information on the legislative process.
Materials for At-Home Advocacy with Members of Congress
Click here for information and materials for communicating with Members of Congress.
There are 79 new Representatives and 12 new Senators in 2013. Local health departments should take the lead and educate Members of Congress in their jurisdictions about what local health departments do to keep people healthy and safe. Members of Congress need to understand the impact of cuts that local health departments have already experienced, as well as the likely consequences more cuts would have on the public's health.
Stop Sequestration's Cuts to Public Health
The Budget Control Act of 2011 requires deficit reduction of more than $1 trillion over the next ten years, or automatic across-the-board cuts, called a sequester.
On March 1, the sequester went into effect. The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be cut by approximately $350 million over the next six months. With two-thirds of CDC's funding going to state and local health departments and other community partners, cuts to communities could be as high as $230 million.
Congress and the President must act to stop the sequester otherwise non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs; including local health department programs such as cancer screenings, childhood vaccinations, HIV testing, emergency response, and the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant; will have been cut by 20 percent overall between 2010 and 2012. It is important to send a strong message that further cuts of $109 billion annually to NDD are unacceptable.
These cuts weaken local health departments’ ability to promote health and protect the safety of the communities they serve. It is essential that Congress and the White House take a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not further cut programs that serve human needs.
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Congressional Action Network Resources
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