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Support the funding of school-based health centers through the Affordable Care Act!

With its enactment, the Affordable Care Act set aside $200 million dollars to fund school-based health centers between 2011 and 2013, a program called the School-Based Health Center Capital Program. This July, the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education granted $95 million to 278 school-based health center programs across the country using these funds. These grants, the first of their kind, enabled awardees to increase their capacity by over 50-percent, and serve an additional 440,000 patients. Some members of Congress would seek to repeal this funding, and legislative action has already been taken to do so. Supporters of school-based health care must speak out to ensure that the Affordable Care Act’s full request is funded, and school-based health centers receive the capital and program funding they need.

Contact your Representatives or Senators via our APHA advocacy action alert and urge them to support the Affordable Care Act and prevent attempts to dismantle this important public health achievement!

Ensure health is included as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)!
Educational success starts with healthy kids who are ready to learn. Even the best teachers and schools cannot overcome illness, fear and distress. Ensure that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) recognizes the importance of students' health on the ability to succeed in the classroom and ultimately to graduate.

Contact your Representatives or Senators via our APHA advocacy action alert and urge them to keep students healthy and ready to learn.

Learn about APHA’s other Action Alerts here!
Send messages to your members of Congress or the President, urging them to support public health issues like the Clean Air Act, the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and reauthorization of the federal transportation law, among others.  

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