Our advocacy has focused on expanding funding for testing, contact tracing, and supported isolation; social supports and care resource coordination in congregate settings and for essential workers; equitable vaccine distribution; and rebuilding the U.S. public health workforce around a cadre of new community health workers who are able to assist with all aspects of the pandemic response, from ongoing mitigation efforts to vaccine rollouts. Once the current crisis has stabilized, these workers will remain as critical supports to strengthen public health systems in cities and regions with the most vulnerable populations.
Pushing for Policies and a Stronger National Response
The USPHAU’s presence on the national stage has enabled us to take a more active and visible role as an advocate, supporting policies that increase equity-centered response efforts.
We have guided legislative language in the American Rescue Plan Act, the Health Force and Resilience Force Act, The COVID Community Care Act, and other key legislation. Congressional leaders have asked us to address the House Democratic Caucus, the Ways and Means Committee, the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Labor and Education Committee.
PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION ENGAGEMENT:
We launched a campaign that will help the U.S. government implement new funding to build a public health workforce, guided by experiences from across the country. We have also been building relationships with the Biden/Harris administration to advise on vaccine equity, COVID-19 response and recovery, and more.
Through our grassroots volunteer network, PIH Engage, and coalition efforts, we have guided constituent-level outreach to more than 200 Congressional offices on issues of health equity and public health workforce. These meetings have helped to build stronger support for legislative efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives.
We are engaged in legislative priorities in Massachusetts to expand vaccine equity, build public health system support, and deliver on public health priorities in jails and prisons. In addition, we are supporting campaigns in North Carolina, Chicago, Alabama, and Florida that aim to advance health equity through state-level policy change.