Supporting the Public Health Infrastructure
I think it is time for APHA to stop being a reactive organization – that is, one that reacts to everybody else’s proposals. I think APHA should become proactive. We should go to the Congress and to the state legislatures to fight for an expanding role of the local, state, and national health departments.
I think it is the duty of APHA to resurrect the health objectives act, which was discussed in the Congress several years ago, and that we take the initiative and that we approach ASTHO, NACCHO, and all the allies that we can get to fight for the health objectives act that will provide local, state, and national government with the money, the wherewithal, and the resources to meet the health objectives.