Magazine article The Nation's Health

Members: APHA Needs You to Contact Your Legislators This Month

Magazine article The Nation's Health

Members: APHA Needs You to Contact Your Legislators This Month

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With congressional recess in full swing this month and legislators back in their home states, now is the time for APHA members to reach out to their elected leaders and advocate for public health.

APHA is calling on every one of its members to take action this August and contact their members of Congress, whether in person, by phone, by letter or via e-mail. The push is part of the Association's annual Public Health Action--or PHACT--campaign.

"If every APHA member takes action and reaches their legislators or their staff with one voice, we can have an enormous, positive effect on public health," said APHA Government Relations Director Don Hoppert.

During their visits with legislators, APHA members are asked to help advocate on priority public health issues pending in Congress, including funding for public health, nutrition initiatives under the federal Farm Bill, reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program and health disparities.

Members who aren't experts on those issues shouldn't be put off, however. The Public Health Action campaign Web site contains all the materials they'll need to become familiar with the issues. The site also includes talking points, advocacy advice, tips on how to schedule a meeting and follow-up information.

To help make an impact on public health, APHA is calling on you to:

* Make an appointment and visit your legislators in their home offices. If they aren't available, meet with one of their staff, or drop off a packet of materials. …

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