Speak Out

Speak for Health An Initiative of the American Public Health Association

The Speak Out campaign is a summer initiative designed to empower you to make your voice heard. APHA’s Speak for Health materials are used for public health advocacy year-round, but the summer months are an especially important time. Take advantage of the summer recess to attend town hall meetings, invite your representatives to your program or local event, and make sure that members of Congress are prioritizing public health issues. Reach out to your congressional leaders to express support for protecting critical funding for public health agencies and the Prevention and Public Health Fund, addressing the health impacts of climate change, and protecting the Affordable Care Act. When we all raise our voices together, our leaders in Congress are more likely to listen!

The Speak for Health campaign gives you the tools you need to talk to your members of Congress about the importance of public health. 

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

See how APHA members are speaking out.

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

SPEAK FOR HEALTH PRIORITIES
PUBLIC HEALTH FUNDING
PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH FUND/AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Impacts of repealing the Affordable Care Act

Public health brief in support of the Affordable Care Act in the case Texas vs. the United States (June 14) 

Read the APHA fact sheet on why we still need the Affordable Care Act (PDF)

Kaiser Family Foundation's summary of the Affordable Care Act

Center of Budget and Policy Priorities state by state impacts report

The Prevention and Public Health Fund

Read the APHA Prevention and Public Health Fund fact sheet (PDF)

Funding distribution of the Prevention and Public Health Fund

State fact sheets on the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Senate HELP Committee and House Committee on Energy and Commerce)

State fact sheets on the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Trust for America's Health)

List of organizations supporting the fund (PDF)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accomplishments using the Prevention and Public Health Fund and FY 2016 state funding levels under the fund

Read the series of Senate Dear Colleague letters spearheaded by Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, Sen. Patty Murray, and joined by other senators addressed to their fellow colleagues to educate them on the public health benefits of the prevention fund. Be sure to thank your senator for their support if they signed the letter!

Take Action!

Tell your members of Congress to support the Affordable Care Act

Tell your members of Congress to support the PPHF!

CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH
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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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