Advocacy Alert-REACH in the Labor HHS Bill

Saturday, September 14, 2019


Advocacy Alert
This is your last chance to advocate for REACH in the Labor-HHS Bill
September 12, 2019 - Washington D.C.- On Tuesday, the Senate canceled the markup of the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) funding bill, giving advocates more time to make their voices heard.

The Labor-HHS appropriations bill includes funding for key public health agencies and programs including Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Institutes of Health.

The Society for Public Health Education is a longtime advocate on behalf of the REACH program. SOPHE designed its health equity resolution on the principle of addressing underlying social determinants of health that result in disparate health outcomes.

Previously, we asked the House and Senate to include $76.95 million for the REACH program in their respective appropriations packages.

REACH is one of the only community health programs funded by the CDC that is specifically dedicated to fund urban, rural, and tribal communities working to lessen and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.

We hope Congress ensures new funding goes to community organizations that qualified for REACH grants but were unfunded in the 2018 funding cycle.

In June the House passedH.R. 2740an appropriations package that funds the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at $8.3 billion. This bill included $71.95 million for the REACH program, a level that is satisfactory to get the program to a level before several rounds of cuts had been implemented but does not include money to account for inflation in the years since those cuts to the program were enacted.

SOPHE urges you to send a letter to your elected officials asking them to fund the REACH program at $76.95 million.


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The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1950 to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion, and to promote the health of society. SOPHE represents a diverse membership of 4,000 professionals and students who work and learn in various public and private organizations and universities to advance health education theory and research, develop disease prevention and health promotion programs, and promote public policies conducive to health. For more information visitwww.sophe.org.