Our 2016 membership dues drive has officially begun! Read the letter below from Executive Director Pam Seamans.
Dear NCAH Members and Partners:
I am writing to formally invite you to become a dues-paying member or to renew your membership and consider an additional contribution to the North Carolina Alliance for Health (NCAH) for 2016. Since NCAH was formed over a decade ago, we have made substantial progress toward achieving our policy goals of reducing the ill effects of tobacco use and the burden of obesity in North Carolina. We successfully increased the cigarette tax in 2005, and the passage of our smoke free bar and restaurant law in 2009 was a BIG step toward improving the health of North Carolinians! This year, HB 250, The Healthy Food Small Retail/Corner Store Act, was passed by the full House and a $1 million appropriation was included in the House budget. The Alliance would not have enjoyed the legislative successes achieved without the support of our many members and partners. We are grateful for your interest and involvement in NCAH and its policy change efforts.
But there are many challenges facing our state moving forward. North Carolina continues to grapple with high rates of childhood obesity. In the most recent survey, 31.4% of North Carolina children ages 10 – 17 were considered overweight or obese. Over the last three years, the North Carolina General Assembly cut tobacco prevention and cessation programs by 93% in their annual budget. We were fortunate that the state appropriated a small amount of funding for QuitlineNC over the past two years, However, the complete elimination of all funding for youth tobacco use prevention programs is a huge disappointment and leaves our state vulnerable to seeing youth smoking rates rise after years of decline. In fact, we are already seeing such increases. In just two years (2011-13) electronic cigarette use by North Carolina high school students increased by a staggering 352%, from 1.7% to 7.7%.
It is clear that we cannot stop our life saving work. This is why your support is even more important this year.
We ask for a moderate membership contribution according to the size of your organization’s budget.
What will your organization receive by becoming a “dues-paying” NCAH member?
- Collaboration on a comprehensive tobacco-use and obesity prevention legislative agenda;
- A voice and a vote in NCAH’s tobacco and obesity policy priority setting process;
- Quality staff promoting NCAH’s policy priorities;
- Legislative updates and action alerts to share with your membership and grassroots networks;
- Quarterly information-sharing meetings; and
- The opportunity for NCAH education and advocacy trainings for your board, staff and members.
The North Carolina Alliance for Health is a project of the NC Pediatric Society, the corporate and fiscal agent for NCAH, therefore checks must be made payable to: NC Pediatric Society. NCAH does not wish to keep any organization from participating due to financial concerns, therefore any organization that finds it difficult to pay the full dues amount is encouraged to work with our Treasurer, Elizabeth Hudgins (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine a workable dues amount.
To make a difference today, please join or renew your membership in the North Carolina Alliance for Health. If you have questions or concerns about the NCAH request for dues, please feel free to contact myself or Elizabeth.
Executive Director, North Carolina Alliance for Health