NYSPHA Current and Local Policy and Advocacy 

Current New York State and Local  Policy/ Advocacy Actions and Alerts

1/2/2022 - NYSPHA President Denise Tahara is quoted in a press release supporting the "Prepare Act" to adequately and sustainably fund New York's Public Health System. Click <here> to read press release.

12/3/2021 - NYSPHA signed on to a letter to New York Governor Hochul to address child hunger.  The letter asked her to take action in the FY 2023 Executive Budget to include Healthy School Meals for All NY Kids. This would ensure that every K-12 student in New York has equal access to a nutritious breakfast and lunch at school to support their health and academic success.  Click <here> to read the letter.

11/19/2021 - NYSPHA signed on to a letter to New York Governor Kathy Hochul.  The letter urges the Governor to  sign and enact the Child Poverty Reduction Act, S.2755C/A.1160C.  The bill makes a public commitment to cutting child poverty in half in ten years; requires an annual public report of the effects of budget proposals on child poverty and regular reporting on progress; and establishes the Child Poverty Reduction Advisory Council to develop a plan to achieve the goal.  Click <here> to read the letter. 

11/17/2021 - NYSPHA signed on to a letter to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation providing comments on the proposed Advanced Clean Truck ("ACT") emissions rules.  Click <here> to read the letter.  

11/08/2021 - NYSPHA sent a letter to New York City Mayor-Elect Eric Adams. The letter congratulates Mr. Adams on his election and provides NYSPHA's recommendations for addressing health equity and supporting the public health infrastructure in New York City. Click <here> to read the letter. (PDF attached).

10/20/2021 - NYSPHA signed on to a letter to Governor Hochul from the Alliance for a Green Economy and others urging her to make a massive investment in better buildings in New York, starting in disadvantaged urban and rural communities, where buildings are the least efficient and costs are highest. Better buildings means housing that is affordable, free of indoor pollution, and environmentally sustainable. It means workplaces and schools that are comfortable, healthy, and sustainable.  Better buildings should contribute to resilient communities where the rights of tenants and  undocumented residents are protected, and where generational wealth can be built by Black and sBrown households. Click <here> to read the letter. (PDF attached).

10/13/2021 – NYSPHA was quoted in a press release, issued today by the Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities, supporting  the annual “Seen Enough Tobacco Day”, which highlights how the tobacco industry markets their products to kids.  The theme this year is on banning menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, cigarillos, and smokeless tobacco products.  Click <here> to read the press release. (PDF attached).

10/06/2021 – NYSPHA Signed on to a letter to Gov. Hochul asking her to sign a bill passed by the legislature to protect Medicaid recipient access to local pharmacy services (S.6603, Skoufis/ A.7598, Gottfried).  Click <here> to read the letter. (PDF attached).

9/18/2021 – The NYSPHA sent a letter to Gov. Hochul urging her to sign a bill passed by the legislature authorizing pharmacists to provide all ACIP-recommended vaccines to adults (A.6476A/S.4807A).  Click <here> to read the letter.  (PDF attached)

8/29/2021 – NYSPHA sent a letter to Governor Hochul with our recommendations for implementing the Adult Use Cannabis program. The recommendations including using a public health approach to program implementation and appointing people with public health background to oversee and operate the program.  Click <here> to read the letter (PDF attached)

8/27/2021 – NYSPHA signed on to a letter to Governor Hochul urging adoption of Advance Clean Truck emissions rules.  Click <here> to read the letter (PDF attached)

To read the past NYSPHA New York State Policy, Advocacy and Alerts, click here

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