Coalition Urges at Least $11B in FY23 Congressional Funding for CDC

April 2022

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April 1, 2022 

The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Chair  
House Appropriations Subcommittee 
on Labor, Health and Human Services,  
Education, and Related Agencies
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Patty Murray
Chair
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee
on Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies 
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Tom Cole 
Ranking Member
House Appropriations Subcommittee
on Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies 
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Roy Blunt 
Ranking Member
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee
on Labor, Health and Human Services,
Education, and Related Agencies 
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chair DeLauro, Chair Murray, Ranking Member Cole and Ranking Member Blunt: 

The undersigned 178 members of the CDC Coalition and other supporting state and national organizations urge you to include at least $11 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s programs in the FY 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill. Strong funding for CDC is critical to supporting all of CDC’s activities and programs, which are essential to protect the health of our communities. Due to years of underfunding, many CDC programs have not received the resources that are needed to address the many health challenges we face as a nation, resulting in many of CDC’s most effective prevention programs not reaching all states. 

The CDC Coalition is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations committed to strengthening our nation’s public health infrastructure and prevention programs. Our mission is to ensure that health promotion and disease prevention are given top priority in federal funding, to support a funding level for CDC that enables it to carry out its prevention mission and to ensure an adequate translation of new research into effective state and local programs. Coalition member groups represent millions of public health workers, researchers, clinicians, educators, patients and individuals and families served by CDC programs. 

Due to years of underfunding, many CDC programs have not received the resources that are needed to address the many health challenges we face as a nation, resulting in many of CDC’s most effective prevention programs not reaching all states.

CDC serves as the command center for the nation’s public health defense system against emerging and reemerging infectious diseases as well as man-made and natural disasters. From playing a leading role in aiding in the surveillance, detection and mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and globally, to monitoring and investigating other disease outbreaks in the U.S. and internationally, to pandemic flu preparedness, CDC is the nation’s – and a global – expert resource and response center, coordinating communications and action and serving as the laboratory reference center. States, communities and international partners rely on CDC for accurate information, direction and resources to ensure they can prepare, respond and recover from a crisis or disease outbreak. 

While CDC is playing a leading role in protecting the public’s health from COVID-19, it is faced with many other unprecedented challenges and responsibilities ranging from chronic disease prevention to combating the opioid, tobacco, e-cigarette and obesity epidemics to emergency preparedness. CDC funds programs for strengthening public health infrastructure at all levels; injury prevention; research into gun violence prevention; suicide prevention; global health security; health promotion in schools and workplaces; the prevention of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease and other chronic diseases; tobacco prevention and control; nutrition and physical activity; immunizations; HIV, STI and hepatitis prevention; prevention of vector-borne diseases; environmental health, including the prevention of childhood lead poisoning and addressing the health impacts of climate change; oral health; reducing health disparities; preventing infant mortality and birth defects; sickle cell disease data collection; preventing antimicrobial resistance; preventing prescription drug overdose; improving the health and quality of life of individuals with disabilities; Alzheimer’s disease prevention and awareness; vision and eye health, public health research and health statistics and harmonizing clinical laboratory test results. It is notable that more than 70% of CDC’s budget supports public health and prevention activities through state and local health organizations and agencies, national public health partners and academic institutions. 

In addition to ensuring a strong public health infrastructure and protecting our communities from public health threats and emergencies, CDC programs are crucial to reducing health care costs and improving health. Despite the progress CDC has made to meet these needs, the agency’s programs remain woefully underfunded. We urge you to include at least $11 billion for CDC’s programs in the FY 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill. 

Please contact Don Hoppert at donald.hoppert@apha.org or 202-777-2514 with any questions regarding our request. 

Sincerely, 

Accessia Health 
African American Health Alliance 
AIDS Alabama 
Allergy & Asthma Network 
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments 
American Academy of Family Physicians 
American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists 
American Academy of Pediatrics 
American Association for Clinical Chemistry 
American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research 
American Association of Colleges of Nursing 
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine 
American Association on Health and Disability 
American College of Clinical Pharmacy 
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 
American College of Physicians 
American Heart Association 
American Liver Foundation 
American Lung Association 
American Mosquito Control Association 
American Physical Therapy Association 
American Public Health Association 
American School Health Association 
American Society for Clinical Pathology 
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 
American Society for Microbiology 
American Society for Reproductive Medicine 
American Society of Hematology 
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 
American Thoracic Society 
Arthritis Foundation 
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum 
Association for Clinical and Translational Science 
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research 
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology 
Association for Psychological Science 
Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies 
Association of American Medical Colleges 
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs 
Association of Public Health Laboratories 
Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions 
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health 
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials 
Association of State Public Health Nutritionists 
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America 
Big Cities Health Coalition 
CAEAR Coalition 
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids 
CARES of Southwest Michigan 
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers 
Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation 
Children’s Environmental Health Network 
Climate for Health 
Climate Psychiatry Alliance 
Clinical Research Forum 
Coalition for Clinical and Translational Science 
Colorado Public Health Association 
Common Threads 
Cooley’s Anemia Foundation 
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists 
Covering Kids & Families of Indiana 
CURE Epilepsy 
Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association 
Digestive Disease National Coalition 
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation 
Endocrine Society 
Entomological Society of America 
Epilepsy Alliance America 
Epilepsy Foundation 
Fight Colorectal Cancer 
Florida Public Health Institute 
GBS-CIDP Foundation International 
Georgia AIDS Coalition 
GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer 
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative 
Hawaii Public Health Association 
Health by Design 
Health Care Without Harm 
Healthy Teen Network 
Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association 
Hep B United 
Hepatitis B Foundation 
HIV AIDS Alliance of Michigan 
HIV Dental Alliance 
HIV Medicine Association 
HIV+Hepatitis Policy Institute 
Hope Charities 
Illinois Public Health Association 
Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness 
Immunization Coalition of Delaware 
Indiana Public Health Association 
Infectious Diseases Society of America 
International Foundation for CDKL5 Research 
Interstitial Cystitis Association 
Iowa Public Health Association 
Lakeshore Foundation 
Louisiana Public Health Association 
Lymphatic Education & Research Network 
MaryCatherine Jones Consulting, LLC 
Maryland Public Health Association 
METAvivor 
Michigan Public Health Association 
Minnesota Public Health Association 
Mississippi Public Health Association 
Missouri Public Health Association 
Montana Public Health Association 
Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California 
NASTAD 
National Alopecia Areata Foundation 
National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems 
National Association of Chromic Disease Directors 
National Association of County and City Health Officials 
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health 
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 
National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials 
National Association of Vector-Borne Disease Control Officials 
National Center for Healthy Housing 
National Coalition of STD Directors 
National Eczema Association 
National Environmental Health Association 
National League for Nursing 
National Network of Public Health Institutes 
National Pancreas Foundation 
National Safety Council 
National Scleroderma Foundation 
NC Public Health Association 
NephCure Kidney International 
Nevada Public Health Association 
New Jersey Public Health Association 
New Mexico Public Health Association 
New York State Public Health Association 
North Dakota Public Health Association 
Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases 
Ohio Public Health Association 
Oklahoma Public Health Association 
Oregon Public Health Association 
Pennsylvania Public Health Association 
Prevent Blindness 
Prevent Blindness Georgia 
Prevent Blindness North Carolina 
Prevention Institute 
Project Sleep 
Public Health Association of Nebraska 
Public Health Institute 
Pulmonary Hypertension Association 
Research!America 
Resolve to Save Lives 
Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation 
Rhode Island Public Health Association 
Safe States Alliance 
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators 
Sleep Research Society 
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 
Society for Public Health Education 
Society for Women’s Health Research 
South Carolina Public Health Association 
South Dakota Public Health Agency (SDPHA) 
Southern California Public Health Association 
Spina Bifida Association 
Tennessee Public Health Association 
The AIDS Institute 
The American College of Preventive Medicine 
The Brain Recovery Project 
The Gerontological Society of America 
The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health 
The Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse 
The Task Force for Global Health 
Tourette Association of America 
Treatment Action Group 
Trust for America’s Health 
U.S. Hereditary Angioedema Association 
Utah Public Health Association 
Vaccinate Your Family 
Vermont Public Health Association 
wAIHA Warriors 
Washington State Public Health Association 
Wisconsin Public Health Association