Violence

New VPC Report – Lethal Hispanic/Latino Firearm Victimization in California

Dear Hope and Heal Partners and Friends: We are excited to share the release of the Violence Policy Center’s (VPC) new report: Lethal Hispanic/Latino Firearm Victimization in California, which we provided a grant for in 2018. This comprehensive report offers the most recent data available on Latino homicide and suicide victimization in California, and the

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Oct 24

Today’s News (10/24/17)        No movement yet on the Champions Act, which would cut the Prevention Fund by more than $6 billion. It is not on the House calendar this week, which instead is preparing to take up a Senate-passed FY19 budget resolution.  Please continue to generate letters of opposition, and also utilize this breakdown of how much funding

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Oct 5

Today’s News (10/5/17)        Last evening, the House Energy & Commerce Committee completed marking up a slate of health bills, including the CHAMPION Act, which includes a $6.35 billion cut (FY19-FY26) to the Prevention and Public Health Fund. While the measure moved forward under a party line vote, several panel members expressed strong support for

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / July 27

Today’s News (7/27/17)      As you know, Senate debate on the American Health Care Act has proceeded this week.  After voting to move forward with debate on Tuesday, the Senate voted down two competing alternative measures, including modified versions of both the Better Care Reconciliation Act and the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, both of

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 27

Today’s News (6/27/17)         The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on the Better Care Reconciliation Actis now out. “The Senate bill would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law, slightly fewer than the increase in the number of uninsured estimated for the House-passed

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 21

Reports and Materials STAT published an op-ed by TFAH President and CEO John Auerbach, Prevention Efforts Can Ward Off Many Chronic and Expensive Condition: So Why Aren’t We Investing in Them?  “It’s a pretty simple equation: Continued budget cuts equal a decrease in the ability of public health organizations to protect and improve the nation’s health.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Feb 16

Today’s News (2/16/17)       Take Action       The Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Public Health Association are circulating a letter to the Administration expressing strong support for the federal public health and biomedical research workforces.  To sign on (by February 22nd).       Reports and Materials CityHealth, with support from the de

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Feb 14

Today’s News (2/14/17)       Affordable Care Act Here’s an op ed in The Hill from TFAH President and CEO John Auerbach, Missing in the ACA Debate: Funding to Prevent Disease in the First Place. “If the ACA is repealed, the Prevention fund disappears and the CDC will lose 12 percent of its budget, most of

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Jan 18

Today’s News (1/18/17)       Affordable Care Act Trust for America’s Health has released a special analysis (including state by state fact sheets) finding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would lose 12 percent of its annual budget if the Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), were repealed.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Dec 9

Today’s News (12/9/16) A ton to share today, may take a few reads! The 21st Century Cures Act has now passed both houses of Congress.  TFAH released a statement expressing disappointment that Congress will utilize the Prevention and Public Health Fund as an offset, limiting the nation’s ability to improve health and quality of life and prevent disease.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Nov 8

Today’s News (11/8/16)              Reports and Related Materials The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published Healthy Aging in Action, a report that identifies specific actions for healthy aging including improvements in health and well-being for later life. The report is

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Oct 19

Today’s News (10/19/16) This morning, Trust for America’s Health released its Blueprint for a Healthier America at a National Press Club event. The Blueprint features high-impact policies for the next Administration and Congress. The report calls for a new approach to health that prioritizes improving health and addressing major epidemics in the United States, and details pressing

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Aug 16

Today’s News (8/16/16)     We join countless others in mourning the tragic, untimely passing last week of our colleague, Harrison Spencer, president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).  Here are a few tributes from ASPPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 30

Today’s News (6/30/16)       In a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), “an Independent Panel formed to review HHS’s response to Ebola made several recommendations on how the nation’s federal public health system should strengthen its response to major public health threats, both internationally and domestically.”  To read the press

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / June 3

Today’s News (6/3/16)        Great editorial in USA Today this week – Congress Fiddles, Zika Spreads: Our View. “Congress’ propensity to rush from crisis to crisis, and its inconsistent spending on public health, make each new disease an emergency. For example, spending for local surveillance of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus, was slashed 60% from 2004 to 2012. Now

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 19

Today’s News (5/19/16) By way of update, on Tuesday the Senate finished a series of votes related to funding in response to the Zika virus.  The Senate voted against cloture in consideration of an amendment which would have cut $1.2 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to provide $1.1 billion in Zika funding,

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 10

Today’s News (5/10/16) Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others. This historic rule helps implement the bipartisan Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 and allows the FDA to improve public health and protect

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / May 3

Today’s News (5/3/16) On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration released final guidance for long-awaited menu labeling requirements. The Affordable Care Act required that “restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, and offering for sale substantially the same menu items, provide calorie

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 26

Today’s News (4/26/16) Take Action From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – “Take Action!  10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon.  America’s PrepareAthon is a grassroots campaign for action to get families, organizations and whole communities better prepared for emergencies.  There are many ways that communities can prepare for disasters and emergencies – conducting a

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 22

Today’s News (4/22/16) This week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health approved a bi-partisan package of bills to address the opioid and drug abuse crisis. A dozen measures were considered and approved.  Full committee consideration is expected to soon follow. According to American Health Line, “Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act have helped

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 19

Today’s News (4/19/16)       Reports and Supporting Materials This morning, Trust for America’s Health released Investing in America’s Health: A State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts. This is the eleventh edition of the report.  The report examines public health funding and key health facts for each state.  The report examines

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 7

Today’s News (4/7/16)       Reports and Supporting Materials Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that a market basket survey of 451 packaged and restaurant foods posted a slight four percent reduction in sodium over a 10-year period, “despite long-standing concern among public health officials and industry initiatives to cut back on salt.”

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Apr 5

Today’s News (4/5/16)       Reports and Supporting Materials The Obama Administration has released The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, “which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it.” The Assessment “reinforces that

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 31

Today’s News (3/31/16)       Reports and Supporting Materials From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, its 2016 President’s Message, with RWJF President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey challenging all of us to “step out of our comfort zones and partner with someone new to build a Culture of Health.” The Build Healthy Places Network has produced the final five case

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 29

  Today’s News (3/29/16) In conjunction with the President’s visit to the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today “announced a proposal to allow qualified physicians to prescribe the opioid use disorder treatment medication buprenorphine to an increased number of patients.”  The proposed change is designed to strike

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 24

Today’s News (3/24/16) Independent experts have confirmed that the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) saves money and improves health.  Yesterday, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that the independent Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) “certified that an expansion of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a model funded by the

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 22

Today’s News (3/22/16) National Public Health Week (NPHW) is scheduled for the week of April 4th.  The American Public Health Association is seeking official NPHW partners. This year’s theme is Healthiest Nation 2030, “with the goal of making the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation. This exciting goal can only be achieved if we work across

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 17

Today’s News (3/17/16) The House of Representatives has released its FY 2017 budget proposal.  Trust for America’s Health, the Coalition for Health Funding, and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities each issued critical statements. According to TFAH, “”The budget resolution, released by the House Budget Committee, would likely have disastrous consequences for our nation’s health by proposing to cut domestic

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 15

Today’s News (3/15/16) On Friday, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced $94 million in available funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico “to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.”  Also late

Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest / Mar 10

Today’s News (3/10/16)       Reports and Announcements Nemours has produced a short video highlighting the National Early Child Care Collaboratives program, “which promotes healthy eating and physical activity in child care centers.”  The program is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  The video features testimonials from