Statewide Health Promotion Bill from Verla Insko

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.

Comments

If we had this in place...

we could use it for our Health Care action day, where we are looking for common sense methods of staying healthy.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Verla Rocks

Verla Insko is worth her weight in gold. She is a star gets a lot of hard work done and is respected in a quiet way. I saw her in action at a Mental Health Legislative Breakfast. She has worked for many years and knows what is needed and knows how hard it is to get it and keeps on fighting.

Bravo and thanks for posting this news. The Mental Health Parity bill got out of committee in the US House or Senate and is moving pretty fast.

TurnNCBlue

this is a great idea...

...with a price tag probably somewhere between $20-25 million.

to provide salary, benefits, and personnel administration for the 100 professionals will run about half of that ($60,000/year + 50% for benefits and administration).

the remainder of my estimated budget would cover office space, motor pool, and programs.

the point of all this is not to object to the cost, but to present a political reality:

these two budget categories, now and in future years, will be tempting targets indeed in a butget-cutting Lege. (note the molly ivins tribute there...)

here's my point: this is not a program that can be passed and forgotten. this will have to be defended on a regular basis.

i would encourage everyone to keep the benefits of this initiative in the public eye at every opportunity; so that when budgets are considered in years to come making cuts here won't be so easy.

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

If I may make a suggestion.

Subscribe to the House RSS feed and read the bills that are being introduced and debated. You'll see that almost EVERY Republican bill is designed to cut a social program or lower taxes.

So, I agree with you.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

sadly...

...it's a political reality in all 50 leges and the us congress.

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

in thinking about...

...how to create ongoing support for these efforts, and the answer turned to creating a community similar to this; but then the bigger picture has me asking if a sort of omnibus community, created to let americans affirm that government can provide solutions in their personal lives, would be effective in promoting progressive interests generally...

"...i feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up." --tom lehrer, january 1965

Thank you, Verla.

And Robert.

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We are not amused.

Hmmmmm

Hmmmm...One public health professional per county to do battle against the contaminated cigarette cartel, the fast food pushers, the booze merchants and other for profit purveyors of worseness in rural North Carolina? Dont expect much...

Ah, you're right. We might as well give up and do nothing...

oh, wait. We already are.

The average annual age-adjusted death rates 
for lung cancer per 100,000, 1997–2001
  	    NC 	   National
 Overall       61.6 	    56.2
	

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me