Promoting Advocacy in MedicineThe American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) strives to advance priorities in public health policy, and advance the field of preventive medicine in collaboration with our members. We are stronger when we work together, and our advocacy is more effective when our members are involved. ACPM needs you to help and your voice to support the practice of prevention.
Action Alert - Support Funding for Preventive Medicine Residency Programs!
During the week of April 17, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) sent a message to the United States Senate asking them to sign a “Dear Colleague” letter. The letter is addressed to the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor HHS) to demonstrate their support for allocating $67 million to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Public Health Workforce Development’s “Public Health and Preventive Medicine” line item. The letter specifically requests $52 million for Preventive Medicine Residency Training Programs.
The more senators that sign on to the letters, the better the chance that the Preventive Medicine Residency Training Programs will receive increased funding in the fiscal year 2023 (FY23) budget. Senators can sign on to Senator Van Hollen’s letter until May 9.
Call or email your senators to ask them to sign on to Senator Van Hollen’s letter to the Labor HHS appropriations subcommittee requesting funding for Preventive Medicine Residency Training Programs in the FY23 Labor-HHS appropriations bill.
Give an example of why additional funding is needed in your state for Preventive Medicine Residency Training Programs.
Contacting your Senators Office
The US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 can connect you with your senators. It is best to call the Washington office, not the local district office. To look up your senator, go online to www.senate.gov and search by state. From there, you can directly call or email your senators. To email, click “contact,” and you will be taken to their email form. As you fill out these forms, be sure to use the talking points below in the body of your email.
When calling your senator, ask to speak with the staff person who handles the Health and Human Services Appropriations for the office (specifically the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)).
When you reach the staffer, very briefly identify your professional affiliation and work related to public health workforce development.
Talking Points/Content for Email
I am contacting you to ask that the Senator support our request to provide $52 million for Preventative Medicine Residency Training Programs by signing on to a letter being circulated by Senator Van Hollen’s office.
Funding for Preventive Medicine Residency Training Programs supports post-graduate physician training by funding the planning, development, operation, and training of preventive medicine residents in accredited programs.
Preventive medicine physicians are uniquely trained in both clinical medicine and public health in order to promote and maintain health and well-being, and reduce the risks of disease, disability, and death in individuals and populations.
The increased funding for the programs would fully fund all non-military/uniformed services Public Health and General Preventive Medicine residencies
The Preventive Medicine Residency Training Programs work to improve training for the next generation of providers in critical areas.
What is Advocacy in Preventive Medicine?ACPM advocates for public health practice and policy that makes a difference in the medical community and the world. We organize member-led constituent outreach through meetings with congressional offices and grassroots outreach across communication channels including email and social media. By using these tactics and learning during legislative advocacy training opportunities, APCM members can cultivate a powerful voice for public health and preventive medicine advocacy.
ACPM Action Center
The ACPM Action Center makes it easy for ACPM members to engage with a simple avenue to connect your voice to your congressional representatives. Support preventative medicine through meaningful ACPM advocacy activities that are aligned with the college's forward-thinking policy agenda supporting public health best-practices and the sustainable future of the practice of prevention.
We have compiled a resource hub to assist our members:
Issues – Preventive medicine is deeply ingrained in many of today’s most important healthcare topics. Help us support ACPM advocacy in a growing list of health and medical issue areas. You can view current support statements and documentation by category to coordinate your advocacy with the College.
Action Center – Send customized email templates and social media posts to your congressional representatives in support of APCM advocacy priorities.
My Officials – A fast, easy way to find out where your elected representatives stand on the issues. Simply complete a brief form to receive more information.
ACPM is your public health advocacy champion, and we rely on the support of our membership to voice our stances on issues. View all of our advocacy information to learn more: