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From the Executive Director
December 2017

What makes ACPM, and its members, unique, in my opinion, is that we target our policy and advocacy efforts on improving the overall health of the population rather than influencing the regulatory or funding environment to improve business interests or earning power—an area where many other societies expend extensive advocacy resources. A large percentage of you have told us that this is your primary reason for belonging to ACPM—you want us to be active in policy spheres, amplifying your voice on issues that matter to you.

This issue of ACPM News highlights ACPM in action on the policy and advocacy front. We recently spoke out against the Administration’s purported prohibition of specific scientific terms at the CDC. Our rapid response drew media interest, and our concerns are being featured in HuffPost this week. We also spoke out against the proposed tax cut package because it could pose a serious threat to many public health programs. Lastly, we revamped the policy and advocacy pages of the ACPM website to better help you find the resources you need to advance your own preventive medicine policy priorities.

As you get ready to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends, and think about what end-of-year causes you want to support, we hope you will think of ACPM and how important our collective voice is for preventive medicine during these times of political upheaval. Your tax-deductible contributions allow us to enhance our capacity so that we can respond with regularity to urgent policy issues and proposals, like those highlighted in this newsletter.

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful, safe, and healthy holiday season and our best for the new year.

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