Letter from ANNA and other organizations to President Bush and Congress urging them to increase funding for public health in Fiscal Year 2007

February 1, 2006

Dear President Bush and Members of Congress: 

The health of all Americans is at risk from an unprecedented range of threats, including:  chronic diseases and disabilities, infectious and foodborne illnesses, biological and chemical terrorism, mental disorders and substance abuse, catastrophic injuries, and a shortage of healthcare providers and trained public health workers.  And yet, last year, Congress cut public health programs by over $1 billion, many of which continue to struggle to respond to sharply increased demands in the wake of the greatest natural disaster to strike the United States:  Hurricane Katrina.

Consequently, the undersigned organizations urge you to increase funding for public health through the Function 550/discretionary budget allocation in Fiscal Year 2007 by an amount reflecting application of appropriate inflation factors to the final FY 2006 funding level plus $1 billion.  The rationale for this request is two-fold:  1) to maintain purchasing power for health programs; and 2) to restore funding for programs cut in the FY 2006 appropriations process and accommodate program initiatives to protect and strengthen our nation’s health.  Without additional resources on this scale, our nation’s public health system – the continuum of medical research, prevention, treatment and training programs – cannot respond adequately to the threats, challenges and opportunities facing the nation. 

Our request does not include, but rather is over and above, the Administration’s anticipated funding increase for pandemic flu preparedness in the FY 2007 budget request. 

To respond to this letter, please contact Dr. Marcia Mabee, Executive Director, Coalition for Health Funding:  mmabee@ix.netcom.com; Voice – 703-709-3001; FAX – 703-709-3003; 11479 Waterview, Suite 200; Reston, VA 20190.

Sincerely,

AARP

Academy of General Dentistry

Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research

Administrators of Internal Medicine

Advancement of Psychology

Advancement of Social Work Research

Advocate Health Care

African American Health Alliance

AIDS Action

AIDS Action Baltimore

AIDS Action in Mississippi

AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AIDS Project Los Angeles

AIDS Survival Project

Allegheny-Singer Research Institute

Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine

Alliance for Childhood Cancer

Alliance for Children and Families

Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals

Alliance of the American Dental Association

Alstrom Syndrome International

Alzheimer's Association

Ambulatory Pediatric Association

America Walks

America’s Blood Centers

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Emergency Medicine

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of HIV Medicine

American Academy of Neurology

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Physician Assistants

American Association for Dental Research

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

American Association for Respiratory Care

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

American Association of Children's Residential Centers

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric

American Association of Dental Consultants

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

American Association of Orthodontists

American Association of Pastoral Counselors

American Association of Public Health Dentistry

American Association of Tissue Banks

American Association of University Professors

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

American Brain Coalition

American Cancer Society

American College of Cardiology

American College of Clinical Pharmacology

American College of Clinical Pharmacy

American College of Dentists

American College of Obstetricians and

Gynecologists

American College of Osteopathic Surgeons

American College of Physicians

American College of Preventive Medicine

American College of Sports Medicine

American College of Surgeons

American College Health Association

American Counseling Association

American Dental Association

American Dental Education Association

American Dental Hygienists' Association

American Diabetes Association

American Dietetic Association

American Federation for Medical Research

American Gastroenterological Association

American Geriatrics Society

American Group Psychotherapy Association

American Heart Association

American Hospital Association

American Institute for Medical and Biological

Engineering

American Liver Foundation

American Lung Association

American Medical Informatics Association

American Medical Student Association

American Music Therapy Association

American Nephrology Nurses' Association

American Nurses Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

American Optometric Association

American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics

American Osteopathic Association

American Pediatric Society

American Physical Therapy Association

American Physiological Society

American Podiatric Medical Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychoanalytic Association

American Psychological Association

American Psychotherapy Association

American Public Health Association

American School Health Association

American Sickle Cell Anemia Association

American Social Health Association

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular

Biology

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

American Society for Microbiology

American Society for Pharmacology &

Experimental Therapeutics

American Society for Reproductive Medicine

American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists, Inc.

American Society of Hematology

American Society of Nephrology

American Society of Pediatric Nephrology

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society of Transplant Surgeons

American Society of Transplantation

American Sociological Association

American Stroke Association

American Student Dental Association

American Thoracic Society

Americans for Medical Progress

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

A O North America

Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation

APS Foundation of America, Inc.

Arthritis Foundation

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Association for Professionals in Infection Control

and Epidemiology

Association for Psychological Science

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Association of Academic Health Centers

Association of American Medical Colleges

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Association of Clinical Research Training

Association of Departments of Family Medicine

Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs

Association of Minority Health Professions Schools

Association of Nutrition Services Agencies

Association of Organ Procurement Organizations

Association of Professors of Medicine

Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine

Association of Public Health Laboratories

Association of Schools of Public Health

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Association of Subspecialty Professors

Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Association of University Programs in Health Administration

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

BCCNS Life Support Network

Bienestar

Biophysical Society

BJC HealthCare

Boston University School of Medicine

Boys Town National Research Hospital

Brain Injury Association of America

California Medical Association

Campaign for Public Health

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Care Alliance Health Center

CARES Foundation, Inc.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Center for the Advancement of Health

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Child Neurology Society

Children's Dental Health Project

Christopher Reeve Foundation

Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine

Coalition for American Trauma Care

Coalition for Health Funding

Coalition for Health Services Research

Coalition for the Advancement of Health Through

Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

Coalition of Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue

Coalition of National Health Education Organizations

Coalition to Protect Research

Columbia University Medical Center

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief

Community Health Councils, Inc.

Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project

Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals

Consortium of Social Science Associations

Cooley's Anemia Foundation

Cornell University

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Creighton University

Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Developmental Disabilities Research Centers Association

Digestive Disease National Coalition

Directors of Health Promotion and Health Education

Duke University Medical Center and Health System

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

East Coast Greenway Alliance

East Tennessee State University, Health Sciences Division

Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma

Emergency Nurses Association

Epilepsy Foundation

ESA, Inc.

Eta Sigma Gamma, the Professional Health

Education Honor Society

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences

Flint's Youth Violence Prevention Center

FRAXA Research Foundation

Friends of Indian Health

Gay Men’s Health Crisis

General Clinical Research Centers Program Directors Association

Genetic Alliance

Genetic Alliance BioBank

Genetics Society of America

Global Health Council

Gluten Intolerance Group of NA

GW Cancer Institute

Harvard University

Health Professions Network

Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)

Heart Rhythm Society

Hemophilia Federation of America

Hepatitis Foundation International

Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network Inc.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, Inc

Hispanic & Native American Center of Excellence

Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools

HIV Medicine Association

Housing Works

Huntington’s Disease Society of America

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association

IEEE-USA

Infectious Diseases Society of America

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

International Health Racquet & Sports Club Association

Interstitial Cystitis Association

IsoDicentric 15 Exchange, Advocacy & Support

Jeffrey Modell Foundation

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

Lymphoma Research Foundation

March of Dimes

Mayo Clinic

Medical College of Wisconsin

Medical Library Association/Association of

Academic Health Sciences Libraries

Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association

Meharry Medical College

Meridian Health

MLD Foundation

Morehouse School of Medicine

Mount Sinai Medical Center

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation

NAADAC- The Association for Addiction Professionals

NATCO - The Organization for Transplant Professionals

National AHEC Organization

National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia

National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alopecia Areata Foundation

National Association for Children's Behavioral Health

National Association for Geriatric Education

National Association for Geriatric Education Centers

National Association for Health and Fitness

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

National Association of Children's Hospitals

National Association of Community Health Centers

National Association of Counties

National Association of County and City Health Officials

National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians

National Association of Geriatric Education Centers

National Association of Local Boards of Health

National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc

National Association of People with AIDS

National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

National Association of School Psychologists

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Directors

National Association of State EMS Officials

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

National Ataxia Foundation

National Black Nurses Association

National Caucus of Basic Biomedical Science Chairs

National Coalition for Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases

National Coalition of STD Directors

National Eczema Association for Science & Education

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Indian Health Board

National Kidney Foundation

National League for Nursing

National Lymphedema Network

National Marfan Foundation

National Mental Health Association

National Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Network of Health Career Programs

National Organization for Rare Disorders

National Organization of Vascular Anomalies

National Osteoporosis Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation

National Recreation and Park Association

National Sleep Foundation

National Student Nurses' Association

National WIC Association

NephCure Foundation

Neurofibromatosis, Inc.

Neuropathy Association

Neuropathy Research Foundation

New York AIDS Coalition

North American Primary Care Research Group

Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

NYU School of Medicine

Oncology Nursing Society

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Parkinsons Action Network

Partnership for Prevention

Patient Services Incorporated

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Planned Parenthood

Population Association of America/Association of Population Centers

Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

Project Inform

Propionic Acidemia Foundation

Public Health Institute

Pulmonary Hypertension Association

PXE International

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition

Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

Research!America

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Scleroderma Foundation

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

Shape Up America!

Shaping America's Health: Association for Weight Management and Obesity Prevention

Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation

Society for Investigative Dermatology

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Society for Neuroscience

Society for Pediatric Research

Society for Public Health Education

Society for Research in Child Development

Society for Vascular Nursing

Society for Women's Health Research

Society of Critical Care Medicine

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates

Society of General Internal Medicine

Society of Gynecologic Oncologists

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Society of Trauma Nurses

Special Care Dentistry

Spina Bifida Association of America

Stanford University School of Medicine

SUNY Upstate Medical University

TeenScreen®

The AIDS Institute

The ALS Association

The American Association of Immunologists

The American Society for Cell Biology

The American Society of Human Genetics

The Endocrine Society

The Gerontological Society of America

The Joint Steering Committee for Public Policy

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.

The Ohio State University Medical Center

The Protein Society

The Title II Community AIDS National Network

Tourette Syndrome Association

Trust for America’s Health

University Hospitals of Cleveland

University of California

University of Chicago

University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center

University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Dental School

University of Minnesota

University of Nebraska Medical Center

University of New Mexico School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania Health System

University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

University of Rochester Medical Center

University of Utah

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

USA Section of the International College of Dentists

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

WA State Association of Local Public Health Officials

Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and Western New York

Wisconsin Association for Biomedical Research & Education

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Yale University

YMCA of the USA