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Sample NDD letter with Health Promotion lens

Posted By Susan F. Goekler PhD MCHES, Thursday, July 19, 2012
The August recess is a good time to reach Members of Congress in their home districts -- especially in an election year.  Budget deficit reduction will undoubtedly be on their minds.  When funding for Social Security, Medicare, and the National debt are off the table and many legislators want to protect or increase defense spending, all that remains is non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding.  It is a relatively small part of the overall federal budget and huge cuts decimate vital programs, including not only public health and health promotion but also many programs that address determinants of health such as agriculture, education, transportation, and enviornmental protection.  The attached letter is one health promotion advocates could adapt or use when meeting with legislators urging them to use a balanced approach to fiscal responsiblity and not to continue cutting only NDD programs, which will end up costing us in the long run.

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