Letter from the Americans for Nursing Shortage Relief Alliance (of which ANNA is a member) to President Bush and Members of Congress regarding increase in discretionary funding for public health in Fiscal Year 2006

It's Time to Make Public Health Funding a National Priority

Dear President Bush and Members of Congress:

The health of all American is at risk from an unprecedented range of threats, including: chronic diseases and disabilities, infectious and food borne illnesses, biological and chemical terrorism, mental disorders and substance abuse, catastrophic injuries, and a shortage of healthcare providers and trained health workers. 

Our nation's public health system will not be able to respond adequately to these threats without additional resources for the continuum of medical research, prevention, treatment and training programs. We urge you to increase discretionary funding for public health through the Function 550 budget allocation in Fiscal Year 2006 by $3.5 billion. This investment is critical to improving the health safety and security of our nation.

Sincerely,

Americans for Nursing Shortage Relief (ANSR) Alliance