2019 State of the Coalition

By Craig Kennedy, President

Next year, the Coalition for Health Funding will celebrate its 50th Anniversary marking five decades of working together to protect and promote federal investment in the public health continuum. As the new President of the Coalition, I am proud to continue the work of Donna Meltzer, Don Hoppert and all our previous Coalition presidents to work with all of you to improve the health of people across the country.

Having now served on the Board for six years and a Coalition member for 20 years now, I have seen first-hand how this Coalition continues to grow and lead the national conversation about health funding. From our humble roots at the American Association of Medical Colleges, we have grown to more than 90 members representing over 100 million patients and consumers, health providers, professionals, and researchers.

Our signature educational events, including the Public Health Fair and Public Health 101 congressional briefing, have helped to educate hundreds of lawmakers and advocates across Capitol Hill about the role the federal government funding plays in protecting and improving Americans’ health. Our leadership of the NDD United campaign resulted in THREE deals to raise the austere budget caps, and we successfully advocated for emergency supplemental funding for public health crises such as Ebola and Zika. Further, we proactively educated our members and the public through thousands of daily “Member Updates,” hundreds of statements, and more one-pagers than we could count. If you don’t believe me, check out what we did in 2018 alone in our new Annual Report!

Still, our work is not done. Already this year we have experienced the longest shutdown in American history, and we are facing the return of austere budget caps, a debt ceiling debate, and numerous other health funding cliffs. The public health community must continue to speak with one voice in order to overcome these challenges together. Thus, it is my personal goal to grow this Coalition to more than 100 organizational members in order to further strengthen the voice of the Coalition, of public health, and our entire community in the upcoming funding debates.

This Coalition leads the way on the broad funding issues that affect federal funding for health programs. As we look ahead to the remainder of the 116th Congress, I believe that, due to the strength of the alliance among our members, the Coalition will to continue to be the leading voice for public health funding and I look forward to working with all of you to ensure the best is yet to come!

Thank you very much, and I am honored to serve you and the entire Coalition during my term in office.

CHF: Putting the FUN in Health Funding

Posted by: Emily J. Holubowich, Executive Director, Coalition for Health Funding

Allow me to welcome you to the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF), our new website, and our new blog!

It was nearly 10 years ago that the Board of Directors selected me as CHF’s new Executive Director—among the greatest honors of my career. Since then, CHF has done more than I ever would’ve dreamed. We nearly doubled our membership and tripled our revenue, expanded our member offerings, secured three budget deals to #RaiseTheCaps by founding and leading the NDD United campaign, and created a respected brand identity in Capitol Hill and beyond. Perhaps most importantly we’ve had fun doing it, as our members will attest in these testimonials.

If you are not currently a member, now is a great time to join CHF. Every June, our dues are reduced by 50 percent. Since Congress never wraps up the budget appropriations process on time by October 1 (the last time they did so was more than 20 years ago…sadly before my time) there are plenty of CHF activities and services that will help you get more than your money’s worth between now and the end of the calendar year:

1.     We will host our third annual Public Health Fair on September 12, where every member is invited to host a booth for free. This event draws more than 250 attendees, including Members of Congress and many congressional staff.

2.     Our daily e-newsletter, the “Member Update,” will keep you up to date on all the latest breaking health and appropriations news in a convenient format. You can also advertise your congressional briefings and other free events, as well as sign-on letters and publications to a listserv of more than 300 public health and health research advocates.

3.     We will lead delegations on agency tours of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda. These tours help members gain a deeper understanding of the missions of these agencies by visiting with agency officials and exploring labs.

4.     We will host members-only meetings featuring senior administration officials, Members of Congress, committee staff, and experts.

The overarching goal of CHF’s strategic plan is to be the “biggest, best coalition around.” If you’re not already a member, we hope you will consider joining us. If you are a member, I thank you for your continued your support. We couldn’t do what we do without you.

Together, let’s keep putting the FUN in health funding!