Alerts, Briefs & News

SOPHE applauds today’s proposal by the FDA

4.29.2021 | SOPHE applauds today’s proposal by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the White House to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and all characterizing flavors (including menthol) in cigars. Read more>

Senate passes COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

4.24.2021 | On Thursday, April 22, the Senate voted 94-1 to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act (S. 937). Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) sponsored the legislation to strengthen federal efforts to address the rise in hate crimes and violence against the AAPI community. This bill creates a position in the Justice Department to review hate crimes and expands methods to report them. Additionally, it calls to create state-run hate crime hotlines, provides grants to law enforcement agencies to train officers to identify hate crimes, and creates public education campaigns. The legislation now moves to the House for a vote.

SOPHE advocates for CDC’s REACH Program

4.20.2021 | SOPHE continues to advocate for FY 22 appropriations funding for CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. SOPHE is participating in virtual visits with congressional offices to push for funding the program at $102.5 million in the FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill to increase the program in all states and U.S. territories, and support grantees in building collaboration and disseminating evidence-based strategies in communities.