Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX-12)
Public health is a true national security concern on many levels. Public health issues range from tobacco use to obesity to natural disasters to tainted food products to contagious diseases. Smoking is down 41 percent from its peak 50 years ago, but it still kills 480,000 Americans annually. Obesity is one of the primary reasons why only one-fourth of young people between the ages of 17 and 24 qualify for military service. History shows that public health emergencies routinely follow natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and most recently, Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Food-borne diseases and outbreaks are a constant in our country. Contagious diseases threaten the American public, no matter where they live, and responding to them, as we did with the Ebola and Zika viruses, is an area where public health professionals are invaluable. Public health is one area where private, local, state, and federal entities work closely together toward a common goal.
The federal government has been actively involved in public health since 1798, when our country’s founders enacted “An act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen.” We have come a long way in these past 200 years, and responsible federal policies have played a critical role in promoting public health.
Congress has a responsibility to formulate and fund policy initiatives that promote public health, and the Congressional Public Health Caucus is one means by which members of Congress and their staffs can be educated about such challenges and solutions.
|Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA-1)*||http://www.wittman.house.gov/|
|Rep. Gene Green (D-TX-29)*||http://green.house.gov/|
|Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX-12)*||http://kaygranger.house.gov/|
|Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40)*||https://roybal-allard.house.gov/|
|Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA-2)*||http://mcgovern.house.gov/|
|Rep. Julie Brownley (D-CA-26)||http://juliabrownley.house.gov/|
|Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14)||http://castor.house.gov/|
|Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12)||https://debbiedingell.house.gov/|
|Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ-3)||http://grijalva.house.gov/|
|Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA-4)|
|Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI-3)||https://kind.house.gov/|
|Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH-2)||https://kuster.house.gov/|
|Rep. John Larson (D-CT-1)||http://larson.house.gov/|
|Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-1)||https://lujangrisham.house.gov/|
|Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA-6)||https://matsui.house.gov/|
|Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10)||http://payne.house.gov/|
|Rep. David E. Price (D-NC-4)|
|Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9)||http://schakowsky.house.gov/|
|Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4)||https://westerman.house.gov/|
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA-1)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40)
No dues are required to join the Congressional Public Health Caucus. For information about the Caucus or to join, please contact:
Jordan Wilson (Rep. Wittman)
Phone: 202 225-4261
Kristen O’Neill (Rep. Green)
Phone: 202 225-1688
Rep. Gene Green (D-TX-29)
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA-2)
The purpose of the bipartisan Congressional Public Health Caucus is to support federal policies that result in improved overall health for the people of this Nation, thereby enabling our country and its people to realize their full potential.
The unofficial website for the Congressional Public Health Caucus is maintained by the Commissioned Officers Association of the United States Public Health Service (COAUSPHS).
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