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NCAH Legislative Update – May 12, 2016

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Legislative Update
May 12, 2016

The 2016 legislative short session is underway and things are moving quickly! The House Appropriations Committee will vote on the House budget next Tuesday, May 17, and the full House is expected to vote on the budget by Friday, May 20.

ALERT: NCAH is working to ensure that the House includes full funding for
the Healthy Corner Store Initiative in their budget proposal.
Take action now!

Contact your representative today and urge them to fully fund the Healthy Corner Store Initiative in the House budget!

A $1 million appropriation for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative can help reduce the number of North Carolina residents living with food insecurity. The Initiative engages corner store and small business owners and provides them with marketing and technical assistance to stock and sell fresh, healthy foods. Because some of these foods can be locally sourced, the Initiative would also create new markets for farmers and fisherman. Click here to learn more.

Act now!

Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Funding

This session NCAH is seeking appropriations for two tobacco use prevention and cessation programs:

  • NCAH is supporting the request for $250,000 a year for three years to fund You Quit, Two Quit. You Quit, Two Quit aims to ensure that there is a comprehensive system in place for high quality screening and treatment for tobacco use in women, including pregnant and postpartum mothers. This evidence-based program is housed at the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health and is supported by the NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch. Click here to learn more.
  • SB 759, Funds/Youth Tobacco Use Prevention, filed by Senator Stan Bingham (R – Davidson, Montgomery), appropriates $250,000 to create a program within the Division of Public Health to provide evidence-based tools and information to pediatricians and family physicians so that they can begin the conversation with their young patients and the parents of those patients about the health risks of electronic cigarettes, cigarettes, and other tobacco products. Evidence shows that there is no more powerful messenger on health issues than a family’s own doctor. This program will empower youth to avoid using electronic cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products and build community support for evidence-based tobacco-free living policies. SB 759 is currently in the Senate Committee on Appropriations/Base Budget.

Act now! Urge your legislators to include funding for You Quit, Two Quit and SB 759 in the House and Senate budgets. 

rob@idriveroi.comNCAH Legislative Update – May 12, 2016