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TFAH Praises President's Budget for Consistent Commitment to Public Health and Prevention
Date:2/1/2010

ntinued and increased investment in public health preparedness or we will be caught off stride again at the next crisis. This is especially hard at a time when state and local budgets are so hard hit."

"Overall, these are modest increases. To really turn the tide on the health challenges facing our nation – to turn to a culture of prevention rather than treatment – we will need the level of investment found in the prevention, wellness, and public health Trust Funds that have been proposed as an essential component of health reform," Levi added.

Some public health highlights in the budget include:

  • A 30 percent increase (to $1.4 billion) for food safety;
  • A new $20 million Big Cities Initiative (using funds from cuts in other programs) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to target chronic diseases in up to 10 large cities;
  • $10 million for a new Health Prevention Corps, to provide new support for state and local health departments;
  • A major increase in support for public health emergency preparedness, including a $136 million increase to $476 million (from $341 million) for the Office of the Biomedical Advance Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to support the next generation of medical countermeasures;
  • $421 million to support the new Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA (from user fees) to ramp up the public health effort to regulate tobacco products;
  • $10 million for a Federal Employee Health and Wellness Initiative to create a culture of wellness, improve employee health, and reduce health care costs through programs at Federal worksite
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