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Week of December 2nd - December 8th

  • Congress passed and President Trump signed a temporary extension of current government funding levels through December 21, preventing a partial government shutdown.

Week of November 26th - December 1st

  • This week, Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii introduced the Health Equity & Accountability Act, which is comprised of 10 titles addressing a range of issues impacting health equity, including data collection and reporting, culturally appropriate healthcare, health workforce diversity, improved healthcare services and health outcomes for vulnerable populations, health issues that disproportionately affect communities of color, accountability and evaluation, and primary prevention efforts addressing the social determinants of health.
     
  • Short-term funding for certain agencies like the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency is set to expire December 7, threatening a partial government shutdown, unless Congress and President Trump can agree on a spending bill or pass another continuing resolution to extend current funding levels. Funding for the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Labor would not be affected by a partial shutdown since they are funded through September 30, 2019.
     
  • The Senate and House Agriculture Committees have reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill, and are now working to finalize bill language before the end of the year.
     
  • Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, plans to invest $50 million in state-level efforts to address the opioid crisis. The initiative will begin with a $10 million investment to reduce overdoses and expand access to substance abuse treatment in Pennsylvania, and bring in partners that include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Johns Hopkins University.
     
  • In a November 14 speech at the Hatch Foundation for Civility and Solutions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar spoke about the need to address the social determinants of health and the potential for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to address social determinants through the Accountable Health Communities model. “Under the model, participating providers screen high utilizers of healthcare services for food insecurity, domestic violence risk, and transportation, housing and utility needs. If needed, patients are set up with navigators, who can help determine what resources are available in the community to meet the patient’s needs. Like all CMMI models, this will be carefully assessed to see whether this is an effective way to meet these non-health needs, and whether making these connections improves health and decreases health spending,” Azar said.
     
  • Click here to read PI's weekly media digest for the week of November 26th - 30th

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November 9, 2018

PI submitted a public comment letter opposing proposed changes to the public charge rule. Read the letter here. 

June 21st 2018

PI's joint letter with TFAH, APHA, NACCHO, PHI, and ASPPH urges the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reunite the families who have been separated during the "zero tolerance" policy and provide the necessary health and mental health services to mitigate any long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences that children of these families may have experienced due to separation.

April 20th 2018 
 

  • In support of the youth-led movement challenge to the status quo on guns, and renewed calls for action to address gun violence, Prevention Institute released an updated list of recommendations to prevent multiple forms of gun violence. 

September 27th

  • PI’s action alert  applauds Senator Collins and Senator John McCain for speaking out against the Graham-Cassidy bill and the process that produced it.

September 25th

  • PI and the leadership from the American Public Health Association, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America’s Health released a joint statement and call to action denouncing the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill.

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    September 7th

    • Following the decision to rollback DACA, PI calls on Congress to defend the Dreamers

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