NYSPHA Policy and Advocacy
Current NYSPHA New York State Policy, Advocacy Actions and Alerts
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 committment. 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.
12/8/2020 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/
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
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!
Current Federal Policy, Advocacy Actions and Alerts
6/15/21 NYSPHA supports the expansion of green affordable housing
NYSPHA signs on to a partner letter to the New York State Congressional Delegation is support of including expanding green affordable housing, decarbonizing existing low- and moderate-income homes and buildings, advancing healthy housing in low-income disadvantaged communities, and supporting green jobs & workforce development as part of the federal infrastructure bills now being considered. Click here to read the letter.
4/8/21 NYSPHA Sign-on letter to support for increased Social Determinants of Health funding for CDC in the Federal Budget to $50 million (TFAH).
NYSPHA signed onto a letter from the Trust For America's Health (TFHA), along with other 190 public health organizations from all around the country supporting a $50 million increase for Social Determinants of Health funding for CDC in Federal Budget. Click here to read the updated letter.
3/25/2021 NYSPHA supports public health research on firearms morbidity and mortality prevention.
NYSPHA has joined a letter to Congress cosigned by 202 national, state and local public health organizations in support of providing $50 million in funding shared evenly between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality prevention. Click here to read the House Letter and Senate Letter
3/2/2021 NYSPHA supports the Public Health Infrastructure Act.
NYSPHA supports the introduction of the Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act (PHISLA) in the U.S. Senate. The bill would create a Core Public Health Infrastructure Program to help modernize public health at every level to ensure every American is served by a 21st-century health department. To learn more about PHISLA, click here.
3/1/2021 NYSPHA endorses "We Stand With Public Health".
NYSPHA endorses the call to action with many other Public Health organizations to appreciate the critical work of public health, to stop the harassment of the public health workforce, reject efforts to sideline public health and revitalize public health agencies. Click here to read the letter.
3/1/2021 – NYSPHA supports the Public Health Funding Prevents Pandemics Act.
NYSPHA signed a letter to thank Senator Blumental and Congresswoman Matsui for the introduction of the Public Health Funding Prevents Pandemics Act in the Senate and the House of Representatives. To read more about this Act, click here
02/12/2021 NYSPHA signed a Letter in Support of Sustained Investment in Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce
It is vital to strengthen the public health system for the immediate response as well as the long-term. Which is why NYSPHA signed a letter from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) in support of sustained investment in public health infrastructure and workforce for $4.5 billion. Read the signed letter here.
02/01/2021 NYSPHA Endorsed This Report from the Trust for America's Health: The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act (s.104) was introduced by Senators Tina Smith (MN) and Chris Murphy (CT)
A fact sheet to the bill, which includes a list of endorsing organizations, can be found here.
12/01/2020 Speak for health: support public health funding in Fiscal Year 2021
Click here to contact your members of Congress and urge them to prioritize public health funding as they work to finalize the fiscal year 2021 appropiations process and in any future legislation to address the current COVID-19 pandemic.
10/7/2020 NYSPHA Endorsed This Report by the Trust for America's Health: A Blueprint for the 2021 Administration and Congress: The Promise of Good Health for All: Transforming Public Health in America
Click here to read the report.
10/3/2020 NYSPHA has endorsed "Decriminalizing Commercial Tobacco Addressing Systemic Racism in the Enforcement of Commercial Tobacco Control"
This joint statement by a consortium of public health organizations was written by a team led by NYSPHA member Sean J. Haley.
Click here to read the statement.
10/1/2020 Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act
NYSPHA supported the introduction of the Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act (PHISLA) in the U.S. Senate. The legislation would establish a new core public health infrastructure program with $4.5 billion in annual funding to bolster the nation’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and strengthen its ability to respond to other public health challenges going forward.
Click here to read the press release by Senator Murray of the Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act.
Click here to read a summary of the Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act.
Click here to read the letter of support signed in 7/2/2020.
9/25/2020 Public Health Experts and Professionals on How the Supreme Court Fight Could Thrust America’s Health Care System Into Chaos
NYSPHA signed on to a letter to President Trump requesting that the 2020 (new) elected president would select the next Supreme Court Justice, instead of selecting themselves one to fill the vacancy after the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Click here to read the signed letter.
9/3/2020 National Concerns About CDC Change in Testing Guidelines for Covid-19
NYSPHA signed on to a national letter to Vice President Pence expressing concern about the recently announced change in the testing guidelines for Covid-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Click here to read the signed letter.
7/1/2020 Support CDC Mission
NYSPHA signed on to a national effort by a broad spectrum of public health and medical advocacy groups to support the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the nations public health agency responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click Here to read full letter.
Past NYSPHA New York State Policy, Advocacy Actions and Alert
7/1/2020 Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Action Alert forwarded by NYSPHA
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.
Past Federal Policy, Advocacy Actions and Alerts
5/11/2020: Letter to federal government calling for certain considerations as they contemplate further expanding relief funding
4/14/2020 Increase Funding for Federal Public Health Preparedness Programs in FY2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the neglected state of the public health system in the United States. NYSPHA and several other organizations have cosigned a letter urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to include at least $824,000,000 for the CDC's Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement and at least $474,000,000 for ASPR's Hospital Preparedness Program in the FY2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill. These modest increases will have a profound impact on the ability of this country to adequately prepare for the next public health emergency.
Find more information on this issue in our joint letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
4/05/2020 Data Modernization Initiative
NYSPHA has joined 71 other organizations representing patients and consumers, public health professionals, health information technology developers, health care providers, and scientists to call for increased funding for Public Health Data/IT Systems Modernization within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in FY2021. The Data Modernization Initiative has asked representatives to appropriate $100 million in funding for the modernization process. Doing so would allow CDC, state, local tribal, and territorial health departments to replaced outdated data collection systems to more advanced systems.
Find more information on this issue in the Data Modernization Initiative's letter to Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Chair DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole.
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.
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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