More Congressional funding needed for CDC center that works to prevent 7 out of 10 US deaths

May 2024


BCHC signed onto a letter urging Congress to fund CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at $11.581 billion to prevent chronic diseases and promote health and wellness.

Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes – account for most deaths globally and are the major drivers of sickness and disability. In the U.S., they are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths each year and they are the leading drivers of the nation’s $4.1 trillion (or 86% of the total) in annual health care costs.

NCCDPHP promotes chronic disease prevention efforts in four key areas:

  • Measuring how many Americans have chronic diseases or chronic disease risk factors.
  • Improving environments to make it easier for people to make healthy choices.
  • Strengthening health care systems to deliver prevention services that keep people well and diagnose diseases early.
  • Connecting clinical services to community programs that help people prevent and manage their chronic diseases and conditions.

A robust CDC and NCCDPHP are essential to mitigating the increasing threat that chronic diseases pose to individuals living in America—including rising rates of obesity, tobacco use, alcohol use, and sedentary behavior. A robust investment, appropriate to the magnitude of the problem, will allow CDC and NCCDPHP to fulfill its mission by expanding the current patchwork of existing programs to all jurisdictions nationwide and address emerging health challenges.

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