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Harkin Health Bill Orders Stack of Federal Prevention Efforts

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 28, 2013
The Hill "Healthwatch”,Elise Viebeck,01/22/2013A bill from Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) would order more than 30 federal actions to encourage healthier living, from a penalty on certain tobacco manufacturers to targets for reducing sodium in U.S. foods.

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The Convergence Partnership Statement - Prevention and Equity First

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Convergence Partnership, "a collaboration of major national private foundations and health care organizations has issued a statement, Prevention and Equity First, that states that, "there has never been a better time to continue national investments in community prevention efforts, particularly in communities plagued by health inequities." In related news, the Convergence Partnership has awarded $1.85 million in Innovation Fund grants for building "healthy, equitable communities." Click here for a summary of all the new initiatives.

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A call for proposals has been issued for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF)

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 24, 2013

A call for proposals has been issued for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Healthy Eating Research program. "The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity." Approximately $1.6 million will be awarded.

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Spending Reduction Act of 2012

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Spending Reduction Act of 2012 , is expected to reach the floor of the House of Representatives, along with the so-called "Plan B" tax cut package. Among other things, the legislation would repeal mandatory funding to states to establish American Health Benefit Exchanges, turn off indexing for nutrition education and obesity prevention programs, and repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Is that repeal effort number 34 or 35?

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Congressional Committee Appointments

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Several Senators have been recently appointed to some key committees, including Senators-elect Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to the Finance Committee; and Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to the Appropriations Committee.

In the House, Representatives Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Bruce Braley (D-IA) and Peter Welch (D-VT) have been appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee; Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), Danny Davis (D-IL) and Linda Sanchez (D-CA) have been appointed to the Ways and Means Committee; and Representatives Ralph Hall (R-TX), Gregg Harper (R-MS), David McKinley (R-WV), Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) to the Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee.

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Mental Health America (MHA) Report on Sequestration

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 12, 2012

Mental Health America (MHA) has issued a new report on the possible effects of sequestration on individuals living with mental health and substance use conditions – http://healthyamericans.org/health-issues/?p=3854. According to MHA, "These cuts will be disastrous to communities and individuals living with mental health and substance use conditions.”

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Several Fiscal Year 2012 Prevention and Public Health Fund-financed community health programs have been announced

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the second round of Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Program funding. Over $70 million has been made available to 40 national, state, and local organizations to prevent disease and improve health in communities across the nation. These new CTG grants are focused at populations of less than 500,000. For a link to all CTG grants, both current and new – http://www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation/funds/index.htm. For more details on the individual small community awards – http://www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation/small-communities/awardees.htm. According to the CDC, the grants will help " implement broad, sustainable strategies that will reduce health disparities and expand clinical and community preventive services that will directly impact about 9.2 million Americans.”

Funding announced for a new round of awards for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. Approximately $21.9 million is available for, " changes in weight, proper nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use, and emotional well-being and overall mental health. Additionally, awardees are addressing disparities in heart disease, diabetes, infant mortality, and asthma. New awardees will distribute at least 75% of funds to support at least 90 community-based organizations, annually, across the country to apply evidence- and practice-based initiatives that reduce health disparities for those experiencing high burden of chronic disease and its risk factors.” For a list of awardees - http://www.cdc.gov/reach/new_reach/reach.htm .

Approximately $12.3 million in funds have been awarded for two REACH Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Projects -- http://www.cdc.gov/reach/new_reach/reach-demo.htm -- that will, "increase the evidence around programs that are effective in racial and ethnic communities, which bear the greatest burden”. Approximately $12.3M will fund the REACH Demonstration Projects.”

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Transportation Alternatives Campaign

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Attached is a 2-pager and an email blurb written for a non-transportation audience about the state Transportation Alternatives campaigns. Hopefully these will be more accessible and compelling for your audiences. Also, a powerpoint (complete with script and different sections for different audiences) that you could use with non-transportation audiences: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d8lclv9d2lcfuxo/Transpo%20alternatives%20laymans%20presentation.pptx.  Hopefully these will be helpful if you want to write something to your constituents/state advocates to engage them in the state campaigns.

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Local Transporation Workshops

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Local Transportation Workshops: Advocacy Advance workshops are about federal biking and walking funding. If your affiliates are interested in bringing an Advocacy Advance workshop to their community (for free), applications are available here: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/site_images/content/Navigating_MAP-21_Workshop_Application_2013.doc. To increase their chance of being selected, your affiliate should partner with a local/state bike/ped group. Any questions on the workshops can be directed to Brighid@AdvocacyAdvance.org.

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ACTION ALERT - September 20: NDD Community Call-in and Tweet Day!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 20, 2012

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