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APTR Supports Reintroduction of the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion ActOpen in a New Window

APTR joined public health and medical organizations to thank Senator Edward Markey (MA) and Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA) for their ongoing leadership to address the health impacts of climate change through the reintroduction of the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act.  By prioritizing the public health response to climate change, this legislation would bolster the capacity of our public health system and help to avoid many preventable illnesses and deaths.

This legislation will help the public health and medical communities address the challenges of climate change in several ways. First, it would require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategic action plan for addressing the public health impacts of climate change. Acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in coordination with other federal agencies, the bill would enhance forecasting and modeling, track environmental and disease data and expand the science base to better understand the relationship between climate change and health outcomes. Importantly, the legislation would prioritize activities to address the health impacts of climate change including preparedness planning, surveillance, education and training in order to ensure that our already overburdened state and local public health workforce can adequately address the health impacts of climate change while continuing to respond to other ongoing threats and challenges. The legislation would also provide for the development of tools to educate public health and health care professionals and the public about the health impacts of climate change.    

Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act Letter


APTR Urges Congress to Fund $7.8 Billion For CDC ProgramsOpen in a New Window

APTR joined 225 state and national organizations to urge the Chairs of the House Appropriations Subcommittee  on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies  to provide at least $7.8 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s programs in the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. We believe that Congress should prioritize funding for all of the activities and programs supported by CDC which are essential to protect the health of the American people. We are grateful for the important increases provided for CDC programs in FY 2019 and we urge Congress to continue efforts to build upon these investments to strengthen all of CDC’s programs. We also urged the continued support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund which currently makes up more than 10 percent of CDC’s budget and provides funding for critical public health and prevention activities. 

It is notable that more than 70 percent of CDC’s budget supports public health and prevention activities by state and local health organizations and agencies, national public health partners and academic institutions. In addition to ensuring a strong public health infrastructure and protecting Americans from public health threats and emergencies, CDC programs are crucial to reducing health care costs and improving health. Despite the progress CDC has made to meet these needs, the agency’s programs have been woefully underfunded.

FY2020 CDC Coalition Letter


APTR Urges Congress to Fund CDC National Center for Environmental HealthOpen in a New Window

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research joined public health, environmental health and other supporting organizations to express support for increased funding for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health in the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

As Congress moves forward with the appropriations process for FY 2020, APTR urges at least $230 million to NCEH to ensure all if its programs are adequately funded. This funding will help ensure that NCEH can work to strengthen and expand its programs.

Increasing our investments in environmental health prevention activities today will help reduce illness, disease, injury and even death. Relying solely on our health care system to tackle the dangerous problems – dirty air and water, toxic substances, lead poisoning, extreme weather and many other environmental hazards – that occur outside the walls of the clinic is a costly and ineffective solution. However, adequate investments today and into the future in core environmental health activities can be a critical down payment on health, productivity and happiness of countless Americans.

FY2020 Appropriations Letter for CDC NCEH


APTR Statement on Family SeparationOpen in a New Window

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) stands in solidarity with other leading medical and public health organizations in opposing the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. While APTR is gratified that the President finally ended the separation of children from parents crossing the border into the U.S., this Administration’s continuation of its “zero tolerance” immigration policy perpetuates the detention of children and offers no relief for the more than 2,000 children currently separated from their families and living in detention centers.

Traumatic or stressful childhood experiences lead to increased health risks that include depression, behavioral problems and emotional issues, and are associated with an increased risk of premature death (Am J Prev Med. 2009 Nov;37(5):389-96). Additional risks include impaired brain development, as well as an increase of long-term risks of cardiovascular disease and mental illness.  These children and their parents may have already experienced violence and trauma within and while fleeing their homeland, compounding the stress they face from being held in an unfamiliar facility under restrictive conditions.

It is critical that these children be reunited immediately with their families to avoid further separation and detention that is harmful to healthy childhood development and detrimental to both short and long-term health and well-being. These children should have immediate access to qualified health care professionals to assess their physical and mental well-being.

This statement was developed by the APTR Policy Committee.


AJPM Special Initiative: Firearms ResearchOpen in a New Window

APTR is pleased to announce that its journal, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has joined other research outlets in supporting firearms research by providing public access to the journal's published research on gun violence, free of charge. AJPM, which is jointly sponsored by APTR, believes gun violence is an important public health issue and is committed to supporting research at the intersection of firearms and public health, especially given the lack of funding support and other legislative obstacles that have stifled firearms research in the United States. 

The new Firearms Research collection includes about 40 articles published since 2011, and it can be found at and on Science Direct.


APTR Urges Congress to Address Firearm-related Injuries & FatalitiesOpen in a New Window

APTR joined other national medical, public health, and research organizations in urging congress to find a bipartisan path forward for comprehensive legislative solutions to firearm-related injuries and fatalities. Federal policy should address gun violence with the same dedication applied to other successful public health initiatives over the past 25 years, such as immunizations, public sanitation, and motor vehicle safety.

In a letter sent to every member of congress, APTR stated that, "strengthening firearm background checks and supporting federal research and public health surveillance on firearm-related injuries and fatalities would provide meaningful progress in achieving a public health solution for this issue." The letter was organized by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Letter sent to House

Letter sent to Senate


APTR Signed Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition's FY 2018 Budget Letter and BrochureOpen in a New Window

APTR has signed on to support the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition's (HPNEC) advocacy and education efforts on the hill. HPNEC is recommending $580 million for HRSA's Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs.

Title VII and Title VIII programs are essential to prepare the next generation of medical professions to the changing health care needs of the nation's growing and aging population. They further serve to bring together knowledge and skills across disciplines to provide effective, efficient, and coordinated care. 

View HPNEC's Budget Letter and Brochure: 

HPNEC Budget Letter >> 

HPNEC Brochure >>


APTR Joins Letter Supporting Prevention and Public Health FundOpen in a New Window

APTR has joined over 500 organizations urging President Trump to protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund which the Affordable Care Act (ACA,P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152) authorizes. The Prevention Fund was established by the ACA to supplement appropriations for prevention and public health activities under the Public Health Service Act. 

The community sign-on letter states that “repealing the Prevention Fund without a corresponding increase in the allocation for the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (LHHS) appropriations bill would leave a funding gap for essential public health programs, and could also foretell deep cuts for other critical programs funded in the bill.”  The letter also highlights the fact that the Prevention Fund is more than 12 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) budget and that “eliminating the Prevention Fund would be disastrous to the CDC budget and programs, and to the LHHS bill as a whole, leaving a nearly $1 billion budget hole which would be impossible to fill under current discretionary spending caps.”  The actions by the House to repeal and replace the ACA would eliminate the Prevention Fund starting in 2019.  

Community Sign-On Letter


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