Through letters and submitted testimony, BCHC communicated its recommendations to the House of Representatives and Senate regarding FY24 appropriations for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
Key programmatic priorities for BCHC and its members include: immunization, epidemiology and laboratory capacity, public health data modernization, workforce, infrastructure and capacity, disease modeling and analytics, opioid overdose prevention, violence prevention, public health preparedness, and the social determinants of health.
BCHC Requests for FY24
- Continued inclusion of report language directing CDC to work with states to ensure federal resources go to local communities and to track how funds are passed on to local health departments;
- $1.1 billion for the National Immunization Program;
- creation of a Vaccines for Adults program;
- $720 million for the Epidemiology and Lab Capacity program;
- $340 million for the Data Modernization Initiative to create modern, interoperable, and real-time public health data and surveillance systems at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels;
- $106 million for CDC’s public health workforce and career development programs;
- $1 billion to support an investment in public health infrastructure and capacity;
- $100 million for the Forecasting Center to facilitate the use of data, modeling, and analytics to improve pandemic preparedness and response;
- $713 million for Opioid Overdose Prevention and Surveillance;
- $35 million for Gun Violence Prevention Research;
- $250 million for Community Violence Intervention Initiative to implement evidence-based community violence interventions locally, and
- $1 billion for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness grant program.