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Congressional Action Network

In the Spotlight
The Voice of Local Health Departments

NACCHO's Congressional Action Network (CAN) was started in 2009 to foster the grassroots voice in Washington on behalf of local health departments and their communities. The CAN has more than 800 members who communicate regularly with their members of Congress, attend NACCHO webinars on advocacy topics, and receive e-mail updates on current issues in Washington. Scroll down to sign up for the CAN.

CAN members are local health department professionals who work to build relationships with their elected officials and respond to NACCHO action alerts by contacting their Representative and Senators. If you have a limited ability to communicate with elected officials, you can still participate by sharing information with others in your community.

Training and Technical Assistance
  • NACCHO has produced a short (9 minute) video about the logistics of Capitol Hill visits and what you can expect on your trip to Capitol Hill.
  • Sample roleplay videos with NACCHO members give you a examples of what a meeting with Congressional staff may be like.
  • This CAN webinar, held on March 19, describes the President's FY2015 budget proposal and offers practical examples of what you can do to communicate with policymakers about the role of local health departments and the impact of cuts on communities.

Contact Eli Briggs, Government Affairs Director, with any questions.

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Sign up for NACCHO's Congressional Action Network.


Current Advocacy Actions
Online Advocacy Guide

NACCHO's Online Advocacy Guide provides you with the information and tools you need to communicate with Members of Congress. It provides background on NACCHO's advocacy priorities, the difference between advocacy and lobbying and information on the legislative process. 

Materials for At-Home Advocacy with Members of Congress

Click here for information and materials for communicating with Members of Congress.

In 2013, 79 new Representatives and 12 new Senators joined Congress. Local health departments should take the lead and educate Members of Congress in their jurisdictions about what local health departments do to keep people healthy and safe. Members of Congress need to understand the impact of cuts that local health departments have already experienced, as well as the likely consequences more cuts would have on the public's health.

The Legislative Action Center also provides action alerts and letters you can send directly to your Members of Congress. Provide feedback on contact with Members of Congress here.

Stop Sequestration's Cuts to Public Health

The Budget Control Act of 2011 requires deficit reduction of more than $1 trillion over the next ten years, or automatic across-the-board cuts, called a sequester.

On March 1, 2013, the sequester went into effect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported cuts in FY2013 of $160 million in grants to local and state health departments.

Congress and the President must act to stop the sequester otherwise non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs; including local health department programs such as cancer screenings, childhood vaccinations, HIV testing, emergency response, and the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant; will have been cut by 20 percent overall between 2010 and 2012. It is important to send a strong message that further cuts of $109 billion annually to NDD are unacceptable.

These cuts weaken local health departments’ ability to promote health and protect the safety of the communities they serve. It is essential that Congress and the White House take a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not further cut programs that serve human needs.

Click here for more information about sequestration. Click here to inform your Members of Congress about how further cuts will impact your community.

Congressional Action Network Resources

NACCHO has the following resources for your use.