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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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What We've Done

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

Previous Years' NYSPHA PAC Priorities

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. 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.  

UPDATE: In the State Budget that recently passed, the Legislature extended the existing authorization for pharmacy immunization for two years but did not expand the allowed vaccine types. Advocacy will continue during the remainder of the legislative session to expand the vaccines that pharmacies can deliver.

Current NYSPHA New York State Policy and Advocacy Alerts

4/06/2020 Flavored Vaping and Tobacco Ban Update:

The Legislature passed and the Governor signed a ban on all flavored tobacco products effective May 18, 2020. This is an important public health measure. Advocacy will continue the ban the sale of menthol flavored tobacco products, which is the remaining public health threat that needs to be addressed. 

Current NYSPHA Federal Policy and Advocacy Alerts

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. 

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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