Now is a great time to advocate for public health in your own backyard. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to be in recess from July 27 until Sept. 4. While their schedule is still in question, the Senate is expected to be on recess at least the week of August 6 – 10. During these times, your representative and senators are home and more accessible. Reaching out to your lawmakers in support of strong funding for important public health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration and protecting the Prevention and Public Health Fund is especially important as Congress works to finalize fiscal year 2019 spending decisions before the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
APHA’s Speak for Health advocacy resources, including state-specific fact sheets, give you the materials you need to be an advocate for yourself and your community. There are many ways to gain the attention of your members of Congress and educate them and their staff,:
- Share your story to help us build the largest possible collection of personal and professional narratives. The diverse experiences you share will allow our advocacy efforts to resonate with lawmakers across the country.
- Meet with your members of Congress or their staff, or invite them to visit you.
- Attend a public forum and ask a question.
- Submit an op-ed to your local paper. Ask us for a template letter or technical assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Use Facebook or Twitter to engage your members of Congress. Use the hashtag #SpeakForHealth!
- Email or call your members of Congress. Use an APHA action alert as a phone script or email message. It’s quick and easy.
Important public health issues are at stake, and your voice matters more than ever. Join us and call on Congress to put prevention and public health first.
Senior Manager, Government Relations