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Past NYSPHA New York State Policy, Advocacy Actions and Alerts

06/29/2021 NYSPHA send letter to Legislative Leaders urging responsible Adult Use of Cannabis taking into account public health principles. NYSPHA sends a letter to the Governor, State Health Commissioner and NYS Legislative Leaders urging that the Adult-Use Cannabis Law be implemented taking into account public health principles. Click here to read the letter. 

06/28/2021 NYSPHA sends a letter to the Governor urging that he sign the Pharmacist Immunization bill recently passed by the legislature. Click here to read letter. 

06/22/2021 NYSPHA supports the Advanced Clean Truck and Heavy Duty-Omnibus Rules.

NYSPHA joins a letter to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Seggos urging that they department proceed immediately with rulemaking to implement New York’s Adoption of the Advanced Clean Truck and Heavy Duty-Omnibus Rules. To read the letter and stakeholders who signed the letter along with NYSPHA, click here

06/16/2020  NYSPHA comments on the draft to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. NYSPHA joined a sign-on letter transmitting comments to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation on the draft NYS Implementation Plan for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Click here to read letter. 

3/21/2021 NYSPHA supports NY S4644/A5682, the Healthy Food Service Guidelines for New York Act of 2021. 

Here is an action alert which will assist NYS residents to send a message to their Senator and Assembly Member asking them to co-sponsor the bill. If their representative is already a sponsor, they will get an alternative template message to thank them.

Read our Memo of Support here.

3/18/21 Member Alert - Call to Action - Please call your state lawmakers urging adequate state and local health department funding to implement the impending legalization of adult use cannabis. 

Now that the bills (S854 and A1248) have passed, the legislature must ensure that state and local health departments receive flexible funding to increase the capacity of their workforces to monitor the impact of the law, to educate the public about the law and to respond to environmental concerns, such as the impact of smoking cannabis on indoor air quality. Additionally, Public health experts, including County Health Officials must have a designated seat at the table prior to policy implementation to ensure our voices are represented in final regulatory issuance.

It is imperative that our state lawmakers implement this safety measurements. To identify a phone number or email address for your state assembly member, visit at https://nyassembly.gov/mem/. Find your state senator at https://www.nysenate.gov/senators-committees

3/10/21 NYSPHA signed onto comments to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in Support of Adopting California’s Truck Emission Standards

NYSPHA signed onto comments to adopt California's Truck Emission Standards to achieve New York's landmark climate commitment. Click here to read the letter

3/4/2021 New York State Tobacco Tax Increase in the Proposed Executive Budget

NYSPHA has signed on to two letter from public health partner organizations in New York State urging the State Senate and State Assembly to increase the tobacco tax in the proposed executive budget.
Read the letter for the State Senate here, and read the letter for the State Asembly here

2/1/2021 NYSPHA Joined a Coalition to Call Upon the State Legislature to Restore the Proposed Executive Budget Cuts to Public Health Programs

NYSPHA has joined a coalition of public health organizations in New York State to call upon the state legislature to restore these cuts to public health programs. Read the signed letter here.

12/15/2020 New York State Tobacco Tax Increase in the Proposed Executive Budget

NYSPHA has signed on to a letter from public health partner organizations in New York State urging the governor to increase the tobacco tax in the proposed executive budget. 

Read the public health partner letter on the tobacco tax increase here

12/11/2020 NYSPHA Supports the Regional Transportation and Climate Initiative 

NYSPHA has signed on to a letter to Governor Cuomo supporting the regional Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) program. Under the proposed TCI “cap-and-invest” program, New York and neighboring states would limit and reduce carbon pollution from transportation fuels and invest in our communities to provide better, cleaner, and safer transportation options. Read the full letter here

12/8/2020 NYSPHA is supporting "LET'S GET IMMUNIZED NY"

The “Let’s Get Immunized NY” campaign was launched on December 8, 2020, is lead by the NYS Academy of Family Physicians and involves over 25 partner organizations in New York State, including NYSPHA. LGI-NY strives to provide all New Yorkers reliable and trustworthy information on immunization and to encourage New Yorkers to get recommended vaccines. Additionally, we advocate for policies that protect and improve access to immunization, increase awareness of the public health benefits of vaccination, and address health disparities with vaccine access, especially in medically underserved areas and communities with low immunization rates.

As we deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we must be more vigilant than ever about our health. With so many of our health care resources being used to treat patients with COVID-19, immunizations reduce your chances of catching preventable diseases and needing to seek medical attention for it. This is how we can all do our part to conserve these already limited resources. It is absolutely essential that we protect ourselves, our families, and our communities through safe and effective immunization.

For more information, see the Let’s Get Immunized NY website at: https://www.letsgetimmunizedny.org/

Visit the Let's Get Immunized NY COVID-19 Vaccine Resources page in English and Spanish.

10/27/2020 NYSPHA 2021 Budget Recommendations letter to Governor Cuomo

Read the NYSPHA 2021 Budget Recommendation letter to Governor Cuomo here

10/20/2020 Action Alert: Contact your state legislators to support a tobacco tax increase

Smoking still causes nearly 23,000 deaths in NY each year. Our lawmakers have the power to change this grim statistic. How? By increasing the tax on tobacco products.  NYSPHA is partnering with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to send emails to our state legislators urging them to add their names as sponsors to the bills in both houses of the legislature that would raise the cigarette tax.

Please click here to communicate with your legislators

7/30/2020 New York Tobacco Tax Increase 

NYSPHA signed on to a New York State-wide advocacy effort to increase the tobacco tax to help alleviate the COVID-19-related state budget shortfall.

Click Here for more info!

7/1/2020 Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Action Alert forwarded by NYSPHA  

There has never been a more important time to help tobacco users quit! We’ve seen that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted African Americans, other communities of color, low income communities and those vulnerable to health disparities. And, health experts are warning that smoking and vaping can make the virus even more dangerous.

That’s why we strongly support legislation introduced in Congress this week to make sure Medicaid enrollees have access to the help they need to quit smoking.


4/29/2020: Continue Funding for Medicaid and Public Health Programs in New York State

We know these are uncertain times in New York, but the future could soon look even worse for those who rely on state programs/funding for public health programs and to prevent and treat cancer. This week, the Governor is considering cuts in the budget to these critical public health programs. This means fewer screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. Less funding to prevent kids from smoking and help adults quit. Reduced access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. Less coverage for low income New Yorkers under Medicaid. We can’t let this happen.

Please send Governor Cuomo a message TODAY urging him to make the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers, including cancer patients and survivors, a priority by continuing to fund the state’s vital public health programs and Medicaid. 

Read our join letter to Governor Cuomo here.

04/24/2020  Letter to the Governor and Legislative Leaders on Pharmacist Vaccinations.
In the 2019 - 2020 New York State Budget, the Legislature extended the existing authorization for pharmacists to provide some adult immunizations for two years but did not expand the allowed vaccine types to all vaccines recommended by the CDC's ACIP for routine use in adults. NYSPHA continues to advocate for the passage of bills allowing pharmacists to vaccinate adults with all vaccines recommended for adults, and also to make the ability of pharmacists to provide immunizations permanent. 

Find more on New York's pharmacist vaccination law in our letter to Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Cousins.

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