Verla Insko is at it again, trying to make North Carolina healthier, one small step at a time. You are going to hear a lot about Rep. Insko this session, as Progressives fight for mental health parity, a better state healthcare plan, a high-risk pool, AND the one thing that would make the rest obsolete - Universal Health Care.
But, today, I'd like to introduce you to one of the smaller bills that Rep. Insko has proposed. It's called "AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE STATEWIDE HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM", and it quite simply provides funds for ONE Public Health Professional per county to "work on the public health issues of physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use". It has lots of support with sponsorship by: Weiss, England, Williams, Adams, Alexander, Bordsen, Carney, Coates, Dickson, Faison, Farmer-Butterfield, Fisher, Glazier, Goforth, Hall, Harrison, Holliman, Luebke, McLawhorn, Tarleton, Underhill, E. Warren and Wray.
Think of the impact 100 Public Health Professionals can have on the health of North Carolina. Think about 100 events per week in our schools, in our churches, in our community centers, our senior centers, our firehalls, our police stations, our postoffices, pretty much everywhere. That is 5200 events in one year. What if they do one event per day, 250 days a year, that is 25,000 events per year, making a difference in the lives of North Carolinians. It's a good bill that deserves to make it out of Committee and be debated.
email Rep. Insko and let her know you support her efforts.
Whereas, chronic diseases are one of the most important public health issues of our time; and
Whereas, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer are the leading causes of death and escalating health care costs in North Carolina; and
Whereas, the rates of obesity and tobacco use have reached epidemic proportions and are of particular concern with respect to smoking among our youth population; and
Whereas, adequate capacity in all communities across the State is essential to address these urgent health problems; Now, therefore,
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, the sum of four million three hundred thousand dollars ($4,300,000) for the 2007‑2008 fiscal year and the sum of four million three hundred thousand dollars ($4,300,000) for the 2008‑2009 fiscal year. These funds shall be used for the Statewide Health Promotion program to support the work of one full-time public health professional in each county to work on the public health issues of physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use.