2014 MWPHA Annual Conference

Revised MWPHA 2014 Annual Conference Flyer Registration now open.

Transforming Our Food System:
Creating More Just and Sustainable Communities

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Annual Conference date has been changed to Friday, September 19.  Please see attached the updated conference flyer.   The conference will still be held at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you will still join us for an awesome meeting with our keynote speaker Pamela Hess, Executive Director of the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture (http://arcadiafood.org).
Location: Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005

This year’s conference will address local food justice and sustainability.  Conference attendees will include: health care/public health professionals, students, advocates, community-based leaders, educators and policy makers.

With registration, attendees will receive breakfast and lunch as well as a free  membership to MWPHA. For current MWPHA members, membership will be  extended for one year.

The ACA legislation you haven’t heard about

We’ve all been hearing a lot these days about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one of the most innovative laws of our time, and how it is changing healthcare. By mandating health insurance for everyone, the U.S. is finally addressing a growing problem in one of the wealthiest countries in the world – poor health.

What you may not have heard about is the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) and how it can save billions of dollars while improving and preserving lives.

In this area alone:

    •  Maryland has recieved over $2 million and Washington D.C. has recieved over $1.7 million in community transformation grants that focus on residents with low income, are racial/ethnic minorities, medically underserved, or disabled

    •  Fairfax County Virginia has recieved almost $500,000 in funds to address inadequate physical activity, poor nutrition, heart disease, obesity, and tobacco, alcohol or drug use.

The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) and Tips from a Smoker campaigns, among many others, are also supported in part by the PPHF.

Sign the petition
To continue supporting prevention activities, please take a moment to sign this letter asking your state representative to preserve The Fund!