Public Health Action Campaign

PHACT CAMPAIGN

Join APHA members, Affiliates and other advocates in educating members of Congress on important public health issues that help build and maintain healthy communities. During congressional recess, reach out to your congressional leaders to express support for protecting critical funding for public health agencies and the Prevention and Public Health Fund, in addressing strong child nutrition standards, the health impacts of climate change and gun violence prevention. When we all raise our voices together, our leaders in Congress are more likely to listen!

The Public Health Action, or PHACT, campaign gives you the tools you need to talk to your members of Congress about the importance of public health. 

  • Meet with your members of Congress or their staff.
  • Attend a public forum or town hall and ask a question. Call the district offices of your senators and representative to request a list of events near you.
  • Submit an op-ed to your local paper. For a template letter or technical assistance, email mediarelations@apha.org. Learn tips for writing op-eds and letters to the editor.
  • Use Facebook or Twitter to engage your members of Congress.
  • Short on time? Send an action alert message to your members of Congress, or call your members of Congress and use the action alert message as a phone script.

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

Read APHA members' op-eds and letters to the editor.

Share your story: Email us at phact@apha.org. Tell us about your involvement in the PHACT campaign.

PHACT PRIORITIES
PUBLIC HEALTH FUNDING
PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH FUND/AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH
CHILD NUTRITION REAUTHORIZATION

Read the fact sheet (PDF)

A bill was recently introduced in the House that would restrict the community eligibility option -- this allows high-poverty schools to provide breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students. It could negatively impact 7,000 schools which serve close to 3.4 million students. Check out this spreadsheet for the complete list of schools that would be affected along with the corresponding congressional district. 

Letter from 750 national and state organizations opposing H.R. 5003, the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, legislation that would reduce access to and weaken child nutrition programs (May 17) 

APHA supports Senate bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs (Jan. 19 APHA News Release)

Check out this infographic on healthy school foods

USDA fact sheet on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Child Nutrition: The Key to Creating the Healthiest Generation (USDA Blog post by APHA's Georges C. Benjamin, MD)

Urge your members of Congress to strengthen child nutrition!

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
     
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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.

CHECK OUT THE PHACT CAMPAIGN WEBINARS
MORE ADVOCACY RESOURCES
2015 OP-EDS AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
2014 OP-EDS AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

PHACT Timeline

PHACT Timeline

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