Coalition Sign-on letters Signed by NCSD - March 23, 2012
Below is information regarding the coalition sign-on letters that National Coalition of STD Directors supported during the week of March 23, 2012. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact NCSD’s Manager, Policy and Communications, Stephanie Arnold Pang at email@example.com or 202-715-3865.
Sex Education Coalition Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations Letter
The first letter, authored by the Sex Education Coalition, of which NCSD is an active participant, was sent to the Chair and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittees.Signed by 120 national, state and local organizations, this letter requests that these Congressional leaders “invest in programs in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill that provide our nation’s young people with more comprehensive approaches to sex education.” Specifically, this letter requests that the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative be funded at $130 million in FY2013, the Division of Adolescent and School Health be funded at $50 million in FY2013, and abstinence-only-until-marriage programs receive no funding.
Labor, Health and Human Services Funding Level Letter
The second letter, signed by 902 national, state and local groups, sent to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to urge them to provide the largest possible FY 2013 funding allocation to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. This letter also asks the Congressional leaders to protect health, education, job training, and social services programs from further cuts and to work with their colleagues to prevent the harmful cuts that will occur to these programs under sequestration, the deep across the board spending cuts that are slated to begin in January 2013.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coalition FY13 Appropriations Letter
The third letter, authored by the CDC Coalition, urged the Chair and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittees to “provide at least $7.8 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) programs in the FY 2013 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill.” The letter also strongly lays out the importance of the CDC in “ensuring a strong public health infrastructure and protecting Americans from public health threats and emergencies… [and] reducing health care costs and improving the public’s health.”
Friends of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Coalition FY13 Appropriations Letter
The fourth letter, authored by the Friends of HRSA Coalition, urged the Chair and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittees to “provide at least $7.0 billion for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the FY 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill.”
NCSD has published a resource on Third Trimester Screening for Syphilis and HIV. This resource details the importance of screening during pregnancy, and lays out some current state policy trends regarding third trimester syphilis screening.