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Week of October 8th - 12th​

  • This week, more than 100 health groups sent a letter to Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, urging him to submit a funding request to Congress to cover nearly 13,000 detained immigrant children in HHS custody. To date, HHS has been shifting money -- approximately $440 million -- from other accounts, rather than requesting new funding to address this issue. 
  • Food & Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and HHS Secretary Azar penned a Washington Post op-ed this week threatening further action against e-cigarette companies for marketing addictive products to youth. According to the op-ed, the FDA and HHS are considering placing further regulations on e-cigarette companies to limit marketing to youth, investigate online marketing and sales, and potentially remove certain e-cigarette product lines from the market. The FDA sent letters to 21 e-cigarette companies this week concerning the marketing of 40 products that are widely used among young people. 
  • Proposed changes to the "public charge" rule were posted to the Federal Register on Wednesday, opening a 60-day comment period. A new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation projects that, if the public charge rule takes effect, "millions of people" could lose coverage through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.  
  • A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that implementing work requirements for Medicaid participants in Arkansas is raising "complex" challenges, including difficulty contacting participants to ensure they understand and comply with changes. 
  • Click here to read PI's weekly media digest for the week of October 8th - 12th


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Please tell Congress to oppose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) changes that would increase hunger and worsen health inequities. Learn how to take action here.

Along with several other supporting organizations, Prevention Institute has signed onto the 22 by 22 campaign urging Congress to increase funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 22 percent by fiscal year 2022. Spread the word about this campaign with this fact sheet, and sign your organization on to support 22 by 22 here

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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.

    September  22nd

    September 15th and 19th


    September 7th

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

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