Advocacy + Policy
City Health Departments Urge FDA to Keep Nutrition Label Improvements on Track
May 31, 2017 - Members of the Big Cities Health Coalition wrote a letter to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging officials to maintain the July 2018 compliance date for the implementation of an updated Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. Some food industry executives have requested that the deadline be delayed. The new labels will show the amount of added sugar foods contain for the firm time, which is essential nutritional information for all consumers to know. Some companies have already begun implementing these new requirements, exhibiting their feasibility.
Coalition Joins with Other Public Health Groups to Protect Smoking Prevention Funds
April 3, 2017 - Public health groups joined to write a letter to U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders, requesting that they protect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health.
Coalition Urges U.S. House Leaders to Protect Public Health Funding that is Currently at Risk
March 22, 2017 - The Big Cities Health Coalition wrote a letter to Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan and Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi today, urging them to protect the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which is threatened by the passage of the American Health Care Act.
Coalition Stands with over 500 Organizations to Protect Prevention and Public Health Fund
March 3, 2017 - The Big Cities Health Coalition signed onto a letter urging President Trump to maintain funding made possible by the Prevention and Public Health Fund and safeguard funding for the CDC and other programs under the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill.
Coalition Joins with 300 Public Health Organizations to Defend Prevention and Public Health Fund
January 9, 2017 - The Big Cities Health Coalition joined with 300 other public health groups to warn Congressional leaders about the "dire consequences" that would occur if the Prevention and Public Health Fund were to be repealed without a replacement. The fund was passed as part of the Affordable Care Act, and is therefore in jeopardy if the law is repealed without a comparable replacement. The purpose of the fund is, "to provide expanded and sustained national investments in prevention and public health, to improve health outcomes, and to enhance health care quality."
Cities Urge Incoming Trump Administration and Congress to Strengthen Public Health
December 5, 2016 - The Big Cities Health Coalition wrote to President-Elect Trump's transition team and Congressional leaders, urging them to empower city health officials to create and execute an ambitious urban public health strategy. The Coalition shared priorities for Empowering Big City Health Departments to Fully be their Community's Chief Health Strategist. The Coalition also advocated recommendations for the Public Health Emergency Fund and Violence Prevention.
Coalition Urges FDA to Implement New Sodium Reduction Targets as Quickly as Possible
December 2, 2016 - The Big Cities Health Coalition wrote a letter to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration today, requesting that the agency enforce new sodium reduction targets as soon as possible in order to save lives.
Coalition Makes the Case for a Strong, Secure Public Health and Prevention Fund
December 1, 2016 - The Big Cities Health Coalition wrote a letter to Congressional leaders today, requesting their support for a strong, secure Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), which was passed as part of the Affordable Care Act. They called the fund the single best resource to invest in prevention, prepare for and respond to infectious disease outbreaks, reduce rates of chronic illness, save lives, and save money. The Coalition also expressed support for the 21st Century Cures bill, but pressed Congressional leaders to avoid offsetting the cost of the bill with cuts to the PHPF.
Coalition Urges Congress to Immediately End Sequestration and Provide a Balanced Budget
October 24, 2016 - The Big Cities Health Coalition sent letters to the Senate and House urging them to act immediately to end sequestration and immediate pass a balanced budget investing in critically important priorities for protecting the public’s health to be funded sufficiently.
Coalition Supports FDA Proposal to set Sodium-Reduction Targets for Processed Foods
October 21, 2016 - The Big Cities Health Coalition sent a letter in support of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposal to set voluntary sodium-reduction targets and upper bound concentrations for commercially processed, packaged, and prepared foods.
Coalition Urges Congress to Pass Zika Funding, Restore Public Health Emergency Program
September 15, 2016 - The Big Cities Health Coalition sent a letter urging U.S. Senators to provide emergency funding to address the Zika virus threat at the highest possible funding level for an entire 12 months, without partisan riders. The group also urged Congress to restore FY2016 funds repurposed for Zika from the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Coalition Opposes Extension of Comment Period for Voluntary Guidance to Industry for Sodium-Reduction Targets
July 29, 2016 - The Big Cities Health Coalition sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration voicing opposition to any extension of the comment period for the two-year targets for the Food and Drug Administration's draft Voluntary Guidance to Industry for Sodium-Reduction Targets.
Members Push Regulators to Expand Access to Evidence-Based Treatment for Opioid Addiction
May 31, 2016 - The Big Cities Health Coalition requested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review a rule that puts an arbitrary cap on the number of patients medical providers are allowed to treat with an opioid addiction treatment called buprenorphine. Opioid addiction has reached epidemic levels across the nation, and the Coalition advocates for a multi-pronged approach to treat those affected. Buprenorphine is an evidence-based medication-assisted treatment option with a much lower chance of overdose than methadone. Experts say that increasing access could be part of the solution to quelling the opioid crisis.
Coalition Advises Senate Against Using Prevention Fund for Zika Response
May 13, 2016 - The Big Cities Health Coalition sent a letter to Senate leaders today, urging them to avoid using the Public Health Prevention Fund to pay for the nation's response to the Zika virus emergency.
Funding Requests for Fiscal Year 2017
April 12, 2016 - The following letter was sent to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.
Our Letter to Senate on Opioid Abuse Prevention Legislation
March 7, 2016 - The following letter was sent to the leadership of the Senate in support of the Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment (TREAT) Act and Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).
Coalition Comments on The CDC's Opioid Prescription Guidelines
January 13, 2016 - The Coalition weighed in on the Food and Drug Administration's proposed guidelines on the federal government's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, calling it "an important part of a multi-pronged approach needed at the federal, state, and local level to combat the opioid addiction crisis facing the nation today."