The Prevention and Public Health Fund is in jeopardy. Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) has proposed an amendment to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act which would use money from the Prevention Fund to offset other costs in the bill. Such an action would virtually eliminate the Prevention Fund.
The Prevention and Public Health Fund offers a historic opportunity to support health, safety, and equity of individuals, families, and communities across the country. Community prevention efforts-from building safe and accessible play areas to farmers' markets-are essential to saving money, saving lives, and building equity.
This isn't the first time that the Prevention Fund has been threatened. And it may not be the last. To ensure that the Fund is used for its intended purpose, you must urge your senators today to protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund:
• Click here and we'll help you send an email to your Senators to oppose the use of the Prevention Fund as an offset.
• Add your organization to Trust for America's Health sign on letter by August 20th.
• Sign on to the Principles for Quality Prevention in Health Reform, a shared platform and commitment to quality prevention on behalf of organizations across the country.
Many have worked tirelessly to secure this federal commitment to prevention. We simply cannot afford to allow other interests to jeopardize the Prevention and Public Health Fund.