United We Stand For Public Health
On Thursday, January 22nd, The United We Stand For Public Health Coalition will be holding a press event at the State House in Nurses Hall at 1PM.
The Press event is a call to protect public health in the state’s budget cuts. Programs in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) were cut by $28 million during the October 9C cuts, which was 4.78% of its FY09 budget, one of the highest percentage cuts of any EOHHS agency and among the highest percentage cuts for any area of state government. As a result of the October 2008 9C cuts, MDPH lost nearly 100 positions, including approximately 50 through involuntary layoffs. Major reductions in core services of public health included:
Advocates are preparing for more cuts in January and even more substantial cuts in the FY2010 state budget. The Coalition believes there is a critical role for public health in health cost containment and in achieving health equity for all populations in the Commonwealth. Programs such as screening, immunization, smoking prevention, and infection control prevent poor health status and can reduce the need for costly medical care. Cuts to these programs will lead to increases in costly preventable illnesses that will burden our health care system, reduce productivity and learning, and undermine the success of health care reform.
Please attend the press event on January 22nd to show your support of state public health programs.