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Taking Action to Support the Prevention and Public Health Fund: Action for 2012

January 18, 2012

Taking Action to Support the Prevention and Public Health Fund: Action for 2012

Wednesday, January 18
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

As we begin the new year, resources for prevention and public health continue to be threatened. Although the Prevention Fund managed to survive unscathed at the end of 2011, Representatives and Senators return to Washington, DC tasked with reaching agreement on a longer-term extension to the payroll tax reduction, federal unemployment benefits, and to maintain Medicare reimbursement for physicians.

The threat to the Prevention Fund is very real and will require our full attention in the coming weeks and months. H.R. 3630 that passed the House in mid-December proposed a 68% cut in the Prevention and Public Health Fund, starting in FY2013 (capping it at $640 million/year). The proposed offset, which goes even further than the Ryan Budget proposed earlier in 2011, would result in cuts to existing CDC-funded programs, and will impact the Community Transformation Grant program.

Join this interactive Web Forum to discuss the latest developments on Capitol Hill impacting the Prevention Fund; review strategies to educate elected officials about the value of prevention and public health-related programs with an emphasis on outcomes and results; and identify action steps you can take to help protect funding for public health in 2012. The forum will also provide an opportunity to review funding and policy changes included in the final Federal Fiscal Year Appropriations for 2012 that will impact public health programs in the year ahead.

The Web Forum will include:
A discussion of the latest national developments from Capitol Hill and Washington, DC, including a review of the payroll tax and ‘doc-fix’ extension and the impact on public health priorities.
Updates on collaborative efforts among partner organizations in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund given recently proposed cuts.
A look-ahead to 2012 and call to action for public health advocates and partners, including a review of strategies that community advocates can use to showcase the value of prevention.

Sponsored by the American Public Health Association, PolicyLink, Prevention Institute, the Public Health Institute and Trust for America’s Health


January 18, 2012
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