With the new year beginning, the conversation on health reform and the Affordable Care Act -- in the news and on the Hill -- remains stuck squarely on health insurance and state exchanges. The daily, critical work of community prevention continues to fly under the radar. But prevention remains a critical component of a more just and equitable health system, and the Prevention and Public Health Fund, the nation's largest source of dedicated prevention funding, is still vulnerable to potential cuts as we move into the New Year.
Luckily, thanks to you, our Health Reform Rapid Response Network is stronger than ever. This past year, we've banded together to successfully make the case for prevention time and time again. Here are a just a few of our successes. Together, we've...
- conducted our first ever Health Reform Rapid Response Network survey, providing useful insight into the kinds of tools and resources that are most helpful to you in advancing support for community prevention.
- wrote countless comments on news stories, letters to the editor and op-ed submissions.
- sent over 1,100 messages to Congress in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
Thank you for telling your community prevention stories in 2013. Yes, data matters -- but speaking from the heart and sharing stories of the positive changes that community prevention is making on the ground -- does the most to shore up prevention champions, win over skeptics and keep the Prevention and Public Health Fund going strong.
Heading into the New Year, one of our prevention resolutions is to keep growing and improving our Health Reform Rapid Response Network, but we need your help. In 2014, we promise to send you the latest updates on prevention in health reform, including media analyses, tools and resources, and new studies to help you make the case. We hope you'll make a prevention resolution with us -- resolve to tell a friend about our Health Reform Rapid Response network, leave a comment on a news story in support of prevention, contact Congress, or even write a letter to the editor or Op-ed to your local paper about how prevention efforts are improving your community.
We hope that you'll join us in making a prevention resolution -- and if you do, let us know which of these goals you want to accomplish in 2014 (our simple form makes it easy). We'll use your responses to help guide our messages in the new year, and we'll even check back in with you in the coming weeks to provide resources, tips and tools to help you make good on your prevention promises for 2014.
- Read PI's Rob Waters' latest series on his Forbes.com blog, which interviews health care providers and public health leaders who pioneering new ways to address the underlying determinants of health. And, check out an earlier series on the many ways that federal prevention funding like the Prevention and Public Health Fund is already saving money and lives across the country.
- Monitor the conversation on prevention: Stay up-to-date with our hand-picked examples of current op-eds and letters that make the case for community prevention. If you haven't already, Sign up for our Health Reform Rapid Response and become a community prevention media advocate with letter-to-the-editor, op-ed and advocacy opportunities, delivered weekly to your inbox. (Read through the archives, here.)
- Get the latest talking points, designed to help you make the case for community prevention.
- Explore our Media Advocacy Toolkit for tips on elevating your community's prevention successes to complement your outreach activities.
- Read the National Prevention Strategy, the nation's first comprehensive, coordinated plan to improve the health of Americans through prevention. The strategy was developed by the National Prevention Council, which is composed of 17 federal agencies who consulted with outside experts and stakeholders.
- Find examples of community prevention successes near you.
- Sign on to the 'Principles for Quality Prevention in Health Reform,' a shared set of principles that aims to ensure the highest quality in our national prevention efforts.
Upcoming Webinar Information and Materials:
- Find information from the previous webinar, Where We Stand and What's Ahead: Public Health and the Prevention Fund held on November 14th, 2012, which discussed future of public health and prevention funding, shared prevention work underway across the country, and highlighted action steps to protect public health and prevention funding. Get more information.
- Find recordings and slides from our previous webinar: Protecting Community Prevention and Funding for Public Health: Update and Resources for Action, on February 15th, 2012, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm PST. Register now.
- Protecting Prevention in the Affordable Care Act: Sharing the Evidence, Putting Leadership and Resources into Action. Access resources, presentations, and listen to our webinar discussing the latest from Capitol Hill, and share legislative outreach tools and messages to use during the August recess to educate leaders and decision makers.
- Putting the "Transformation" in Community Transformation Grants: Building Momentum for Equity and Prevention Access resources, presentations, and listen to our webinar on strategies for leveraging Community Transformation Grants to achieve meaningful, and sustainable community transformations.
- Educating Elected Officials: Effective Strategies for Prevention and Public Health: Access resources, presentations, and listen to our webinar discussing how to effectively educate elected officials about the value of prevention and public health-related programs with an emphasis on outcomes and results, as well as updates on the Super Committee and deficit reduction plans.