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Let’s Talk About Jobs

Posted Feb 02 2009 10:55pm

If you haven’t already read this item on the Huffington Post, I highly recommend you review it when you have a few minutes: Let’s Talk About Jobs.

It’s a posting called “Let’s Talk about Jobs” by Johnathon Briggs, the Director of Communications at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.  I think he does a great job pointing out how some legislators are politicizing the proposal to include in the economic stimulus bill $400 million for HIV and STD screening and prevention – claiming that it has no place in a bill that is supposed to create jobs.

Briggs makes a great case for how these prevention dollars will – in addition to helping stop preventable infections – in fact create much-needed jobs:

“Most of the proposed funds would be used to retain and hire thousands of workers in a broad range of fields, including: nurses and nurse aides; community outreach workers; medical assistants; phlebotomists and prevention counselors; laboratory technicians; IT specialists, including software developers, technicians and engineers and clerical staff.
These jobs have the potential to be performed in every community across this nation.”

He ends the piece as follows:

“Simply put, Congress should approve the $400 million in prevention funding so that we can stop talking about sex and start improving the health of all Americans — not just the ones we morally agree with.”

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