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DHPE's Executive Director Susan Goekler participated in a NDD (non-defense discretionary) Town Hall to hear updates from Sen. Patti Murray (WA) who is the incoming Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. Senator Murray was becoming less optimistic that sequestration would be avoided; she will not consent to a bill that avoids sequestration in the short term but makes things worse in the long term. She acknowledges that the NDD part of the federal budget is the only part that has been shrinking in the last couple of years and is not the cause of the budget deficits. Because NDD has already been reduced, she will push for future cuts to occur elsewhere and for increasing revenue. After she left, non-profit organization representatives were urged to retool their advocacy language to stress the balanced approach to deficit reduction, with NDD having already made its contribution now it is up to others. There will be a national NDD Call in day on Monday, Dec 10. A toolkit with sample messages is available.

Susan and DHPE's Health Equity Director participated in the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 2nd National Community Partner Forum. State health agencies were notably missing, but we raised the contributions that state health agencies could make toward workforce development and coalition building expertise for community organizations working in partnership with university researchers. Dr. Owens also represented DHPE at the Federal Reserve Bank-hosted Investing in What Works for America's Communities, one of several regional meetings that shared ways that banks are investing in environmental changes in their communities. Each meeting participant received a copy of the book, Investing in What Works for America's Communities. This book is available at www.whatworksforamerica.org. DHPE's Health Policy and Partnership Director Donna Nichols attended an earlier meeting in Texas.

Pam Eidson, DHPE's Deputy Executive Director for Programs, kept state health agencies' perspectives represented at a conference entitled Inactivity in America: A Looming Public Health Crisis. She raised the issue that the presenters omitted discussion of systems and environmental change and continued to emphasize individuals being active.

Explorations of ways to extend the reach of DHPE's school employee wellness program included a call with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation about how to coordinate with their school health awards program.


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