Don't Deal Away Our Health
The Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) releases series of budget impact stories
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) is pleased to announce the availability of a series of budget impact stories entitled-- Don't Deal Away Our Health! In response to the current debates over appropriations and federal budget deficit reduction proposals, the featured stories describe the impact on states and local communities if public health program budgets are reduced, or eliminated altogether.
"These stories represent various programs from across the country and will be a useful resource in discussions with legislators and decision makers, stakeholders, and local partners" says CNHEO Coordinator Mark Temple, PhD, FASHA. These budget impact stories can be found on the CNHEO website at: http://www.cnheo.org/.
Many public health programs are being eliminated or forced to do more with fewer resources in communities across the country. A study conducted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials found that 57 percent of local health departments reduced or eliminated services in at least one program area in 2011, cuts that affected 65 percent of the U.S. population. The cuts proposed in current federal budget discussions further threaten the vitality of our public health system.
Public health promotes evidence-based prevention strategies that are vital to improving health outcomes in the U.S. These programs, in conjunction with affordable, high quality health care coverage and delivery, will lead to significant improvements in our nation's health.
The CNHEO will use these stories during the 2013 Health Education Advocacy Summit (http://www.sophe.org/advocacysummit.cfm). March 2-4, 2013 CNHEO represents over 30,000 health education professionals of the following organizations:
American Association for Health Education
American College Health Association
American Public Health Association/Public Health Education & Health Promotion Section
American Public Health Association/School Health Education & Services Section
American School Health Association
Directors of Health Promotion and Education
Eta Sigma Gamma
Society for Public Health Education
CNHEO has as its primary mission the mobilization of the resources of the Health Education Profession in order to expand and improve health education, regardless of the setting. The Coalition facilitates national level communication, collaboration and coordination among the member organizations; provides a forum for the identification and discussion of health education issues; formulates recommendations and take appropriate action on issues affecting member interests; serves as a communication and advisory resource for agencies, organizations and persons in the public and private sectors on health education issues; and serves as a focus for the exploration and resolution of issues pertinent to professional health educators. See www.cnheo.org.
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