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ACPM Secures Support for Advocacy Priorities in FY19

After a busy spring in the Congressional appropriations process, ACPM had strong gains in bipartisan support for our advocacy priorities.

For FY19, ACPM's Dear Colleague letter campaigns were very successful. Our letters in support of restoring funding to $11.136 million (equal to FY15 and FY16 levels) for preventive medicine residency programs garnered signatures from a total of 65 Representatives in the House, an increase from 55 last year, and 21 in the Senate, matching last year's number. We also doubled the number of Republican Representatives signing on, from three to six, suggesting growing bipartisan support and awareness for our program. Our letter in support of funding the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) at $23.5 million (equal to the just-passed FY18 budget level) garnered signatures from 54 Representatives and 13 Senators, up from 40 Representatives and 10 Senators last year, respectively.

In addition to advocating for specific funding for preventive medicine residency programs, ACPM has also worked in conjunction with the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to develop a letter in support of the entire "Public Health and Preventive Medicine" line item that funds both preventive medicine residencies and Public Health Training Centers. Our letter successfully garnered signatures from 20 national organizations in support of funding for these programs in FY19, demonstrating wide agreement in the public health community of the importance of these programs.

Though it is likely to be another long process to pass a budget for FY19, ACPM will continue to advocate for the College's priorities and ensure that preventive medicine's voice is heard in the process.

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