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NYSPHA Policy and Advocacy 

Welcome to the New York State Public Health Association's Policy and Advocacy Page. We appreciate your interest in health policy and hope that  you will join us as we strive to make New York State the healthiest state in the country. NYSPHA's policy and advocacy agenda is developed and led by the Policy and Advocacy Committee (PAC).  For more information or to get involved contact advocacy@nyspha.org.

What We're Doing

See how we're working towards a healthier New York in our 2020 Legislative Agenda!

2020 Legislative Agenda

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See what NYSPHA and its members have advocated for and accomplished in the past 

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NYSPHA in the News

Dr. Guthrie Birkhead, chair of the NYSPHA Policy and Advocacy Committee, delivers an important op-ed on New York's pharmacy immunization law in the Times Union. In it, Dr. Birkhead calls on the New York Legislature to approve Governor Cuomo's proposal to reauthorize and expand this law. This action represents a critical part of NYSPHA's 2020 legislative agenda, and is an important step in maintaining the health of all New Yorkers. 

Current NYSPHA New York State Policy and Advocacy Alerts

4/02/20 Flavors Hook Kids NY Campaign Update:

The final Education budget bill has just been released and it includes the proposal to end the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes in NYS effective 45 days from enactment, among other tobacco control policies proposed in the Executive budget.  Unfortunately, the language does include a deferral to the FDA's premarket review process in that if the FDA ends up approving certain flavored e-cig products to be sold, NY will allow them to be sold here.  Right now that process has been pushed back to September and may be further delayed.  While disappointing, many are working very hard to ensure that all FDA decisions are based solely on science and consider the impact that these products have on youth.

 We are sincerely grateful to all of you for all of your strong support and efforts to support the work of this important campaign.  We will now turn our exclusive focus and attention towards ending the sale of ALL flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars, flavored chew, hookah etc. statewide.

 We've included some sample social media messaging around the final budget, as prepared by Jen, if you'd like to join us in thanking our champions and continue our call to eliminate the sale of all flavored tobacco products in NYS.  We will also schedule a full Campaign call in the next couple of weeks once the dust settles a bit.

Thank you and be well,



Sample Social Media on Final Budget Action:

Thank you #NY lawmakers for ending the sale of all flavored #ecigarettes. This is a step forward to keep these products out of kids' hands.  We look forward to continuing to work with you to address all #flavored tobacco products because #flavorshookkids @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins  

#flavoredtobacco products are designed to create a new generation of smokers.  #NY is doing the right thing by ending the sale of flavored #ecigarettes.  Let's finish the job and end the sale of all flavored tobacco. @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins 

By ending the sale of #flavored #ecigarettes @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins have stood up to #bigtobacco.  We look forward to the day when all #flavoredtobacco products are off #NY shelves #flavorshookkids

TY @NYGovCuomo @bradhoylman @AMBichotte @LindaBRosenthal for standing up to #bigtobacco by ending the sale of #flavored #ecigarettes in NY.  We look forward to the work ahead to end the sale of all #flavoredtobacco products #flavorshookkids 

#Flavored #ecigarettes have been #bigtobacco’s newest gateway to addict a new generation of smokers.  #NY lawmakers have done the right thing by ending the sale of these products.  We look forward to working with you to end the sale of all flavored tobacco. @NYGovCuomo @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins @bradhoylman @AMBichotte @LindaBRosenthal 

Current NYSPHA Federal Policy and Advocacy Alerts

4/01/2020 Funding is Needed in the FY2021 Budget for Research in Gun Violence Prevention

NYSPHA has joined a list of 200 national, state, and local medical, public health, and research organizations to ask Congress to provide $50 million in funding for research in firearm morbidity and mortality prevention. This money, which would be a $25 million increase from the previous budget, would be split evenly between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Funding this research is critical to protecting the health and safety of millions of Americans across the country. 

Find more information on this issue in our joint letters to the House of Representatives and the Senate

3/21/2020 Speak for Health: Support Public Health Funding in FY 2021

Adequate funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Prevention and Public Health Fund and other programs that address ongoing public health needs is critical to support a strong public health system. As the U.S. works to combat the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, a strong public health system is more important than ever.

Take the time to contact your members of Congress and urge them to prioritize public health funding in fiscal year 2021 and in any future legislation to address the current COVID-19 outbreak. 

3/21/2020 Tell the USDA: Stop Weakening School Nutrition

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching another attack on the nutritional health of children. The latest proposal would allow students to choose pizza, French fries, and cookies regularly in place of a healthier school lunch. It would allow more French fries in place of carrots in school lunch, more fried hash browns in breakfast, and less fruit in some school breakfasts.

Tell the Trump administration: stop harming kids’ health. Please join CSPI and our public health partners in urging USDA not to weaken nutrition for school children. Fill out this form to make your voice heard! 

Read NYSPHA's letter of support here.

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