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Advocacy Alert:  The Time to Act is Now!

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2010 APPROPRIATIONS

President’s Budget
Earlier we shared that the Obama Administration has proposed an increase of $3 million for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for domestic violence prevention, with a specific focus on the prevention of teen dating violence in high-risk urban communities. Additional items included in the President’s 2010 budget proposal include:

  • Level funding for the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant ($662 million)
  • An increase for the National Center for Health Statistics ($13 million)
  • Level funding for the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant ($102 million)
  • A major new proposed mandatory program that “provides funds to states for evidence-based home visitation programs for low-income families” proposed to be administered by the Administration for Children and Families ($87 million).

Safe States Alliance has submitted written testimony to request an additional $10 million for the NCIPC on behalf of state injury and violence prevention programs
Safe States Alliance has requested an opportunity to testify before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and submitted written testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies requesting an increase of $10 million to supplement current investments for state injury and violence prevention programs. This funding would allow for:

  • Expansion and stabilization of resources for state injury and violence prevention programs;
  • Strengthening the ability of states to improve the collection and analysis of injury data, build coalitions and establish partnerships to promote programs and policies; and
  • Disseminating proven injury and violence prevention strategies, with a focus on persons at highest risk. 

Click here to read the full text of Safe States Alliance’s written testimony.

YOU CAN ACT NOW TO SUPPORT INCREASED FUNDING FOR STATE PROGRAMS:  Contact your Congressional Representatives today to let them know how “core” injury and violence prevention funding impacts your state.


Safe States Alliance supports the Falls Free Coalition and Senator Mikulski’s efforts to increase funding for the prevention of falls among older adults
Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD), Safe States Alliance’s 2009 Injury Prevention Champion, has submitted a Dear Colleague Letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting $10 million for the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for the prevention of falls among older adults. Additionally, the Falls Free Coalition, of which Safe States Alliance is a member, has submitted written testimony to the Committee in support of increased funding for preventing falls among older adults.

YOU CAN ACT NOW TO SUPPORT INCREASED FUNDING FOR PREVENTING FALLS AMONG OLDER ADULTS:  Contact your Congressional Representatives today to let them know how falls among older adults impacts your state and communities.



HEALTH REFORM


Congress continues to move forward in efforts to reform health care.  Four Congressional Committees are leading the reform including the House Ways and Means, House Energy and Commerce, Senate Finance and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committees.

In addition to releasing a white paper on health reform and injury/violence prevention, Safe States Alliance has been working with partner organizations to ensure that stable, adequate funding for public health are a part of proposed reforms. We are beginning to see draft legislation from the committees working on this effort and are happy to report that thus far our efforts are working.

A summary of the Senate HELP Committee’s draft health reform bill calls for six provisions including prevention and wellness:
  1. Assuring Reliable, High Quality and Affordable Health Insurance for All Americans
  2. Improving Value by Creating a Higher Quality, More Efficient Delivery System
  3. Building a New Framework to Enhance Prevention and Wellness
  4. Financing Long-Term Services and Supports
  5. Rooting Out Fraud and Abuse
  6. Establishing Shared Responsibility and Paying Appropriately and Fairly for Reform


Key goals within the new framework to enhance prevention and wellness include:

  • Reimbursing for essential preventive services.
  • Removing barriers to preventive services. 
  • Promoting community wellness and strengthening our public health system. 
  • Changing medical school and residency curricula. 
  • Promoting the benefits of wellness and prevention. 
  • Encouraging workplace wellness programs. 
  • Creating a Federal-level Prevention and Public Health Council. 


YOU CAN ACT NOW: 
Encourage your Congressional Members to attend an event releasing the findings of a new public opinion poll about health reform and prevention.

Trust for America’s Health (http://healthyamericans.org) is hosting a briefing on Monday, June 8th from 1- 2 p.m. in 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building on Prevention and Health Reform: What Does the Public Think?” Senator Tom Harkin is scheduled to speak during this event.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Daniella Gratale at dgratale@tfah.org.


YOU CAN ACT NOW:  Share information with your Congressional Members about how injury and violence prevention are an integral part of health reform and ensure prevention and wellness remain a part of health reform legislation.  Share Safe States Alliance’s recently released white paper with your Congressional Members today!


 
Ask Your Senator to Co-Sponsor the Safe Routes to School Reauthorization Bill

On May 21, 2009, Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Richard Burr (R-NC) , Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Susan Collins (R-ME) joined together to introduce the Safe Routes to School Program Reauthorization Act (S. 1156).

S. 1156 would expand funding for SRTS to $600 million per year, include high schools, simplify regulatory compliance to improve project delivery, and strengthen research and evaluation.  All of these changes will make SRTS grants more widely available, and help more schools and communities across the country make it safer for children to walk and bicycle to school and get into healthier, greener habits.  For more details on the legislation, including a summary of the bill’s provisions, a list of supporting organizations, and the text of the legislation, please visit http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/national

YOU CAN ACT NOW:  Ask your Senators to show their support for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program by co-sponsoring the legislation.  To do so, follow this link:  http://capwiz.com/lab/issues/alert/?alertid=13424291



NATIONAL LEGISLATION FOR GRADUATED DRIVERS LICENSING

Rep. Bishop (D-NY) introduced new legislation for graduated drivers licensing called the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act of 2009.  The legislation has been referred to the transportation subcommittee (Highway and Transit).  The bill provides grants to states with GDL laws to provide driver safety.  For States to be eligible for grants, they must have GDL laws that meet minimum requirements.  The provisions are to be carried out by the Secretary of Transportation and is authorized $25M from the Highway Trust Fund per year. For more information, please visit www.saferoads4teens.org. 

 

 

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