Letter from the Coalition for Health Funding, which includes ANNA, to Members of Congress urging them to increase funding for public health in Fiscal Year 2008

IT’S TIME TO MAKE PUBLIC HEALTH FUNDING

A NATIONAL PRIORITY

February 26, 2007

Dear Member of Congress: 

The investment in disease prevention and health promotion for all Americans needs to grow, as our nation struggles with escalating health care costs, growing numbers of uninsured, and the prospect of declining health measured by overall morbidity and mortality. Over the past four years we have seen a decrease in that investment. The President’s budget for FY 2008 continues to seriously underfund and undermine an important part of the solution: public health activities and programs.  

While the final FY 2007 funding resolution provided needed increases to selected programs, most public health programs were held at FY 2006 funding levels. The undersigned organizationsurge you to increase funding for public health through the Function 550/discretionary budget allocation in Fiscal Year 2008 by an amount that will restore funding cuts to public health programs enacted in FY 2006, and restore lost purchasing power. It is estimated that an additional $4 billion, 7.8 percent, will be needed in FY 2008 to meet that goal and reverse the erosion of support for the continuum of biomedical, behavioral and health services research, community-based disease prevention and health promotion, basic and targeted services for the medically uninsured and those with disabilities, health professions education, and robust regulation of the nation’s food and drug supply. 

Our recommendation does not include, but rather is over and above, emergency funding requests.    

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,

Academy of General Dentistry

Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research

Administrators of Internal Medicine

Affymetrix, Inc.

AIDS Action Committee

AIDS Action Council

AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families

AIDS Project Los Angeles

Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine

Alliance for Aging Research

Alpha-1 Association Alpha-1 Foundation Alzheimer's Association

Ambulatory Pediatric Association

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Dermatology Association

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of HIV Medicine

American Academy of Neurology

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

American Academy of Nursing

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Academy of Physician Assistants

American Association for Cancer Research

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

American Association for Health Education

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

American Association for Thoracic Surgery American Association of Neurological Surgeons American Diabetes Association American Pain Foundation American Society for Human Genetics American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics American Society for Reproductive Medicine American Society of Pediatric Nephrology

American Association of Anatomists

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 Medicine

American Association of Immunologists

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

American Association of People with Disabilities

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

American Brain Coalition

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American College Health Association

American College of Clinical Pharmacology

American College of Clinical Pharmacy

American College of Emergency Medicine

American College of Medical Genetics

American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

American College of Nurse Practitioners

American College of Nurse-Midwives

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American College of Osteopathic Internists

American College of Physicians

American College of Preventive Medicine

American College of Surgeons

American Dance Therapy Association

American Dental Association

American Dental Education Association

American Dental Hygienists' Association

American Dietetic Association

American Federation for Medical Research

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

American Gastroenterological Association

American Geriatrics Society

American Heart Association

American Hospital Association

American Lung Association

American Medical Association

American Medical Student Association

American Mental Health Counselors Association

American Music Therapy Association

American Nephrology Nurses' Association

American Nurses Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

American Optometric Association

American Orthopaedic Association

American Osteopathic Association

American Pediatric Society

American Pharmacists Association

American Physical Therapy Association

American Physiological Society

American Podiatric Medical Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

American Public Health Association

American Radiological Nursing Association

American Social Health Association

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

American Society for Cell Biology

American Society for Investigative Pathology

American Society for Microbiology

American Society for Nutrition

American Society of Clinical Oncology

American Society of Hematology

American Society of Nephrology

American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

American Society of Transplantation

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

American Sociological Association

American Telemedicine Association

American Thoracic Society

American Trauma Society

Americans for Medical Progress

America's Blood Centers

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Amputee Coalition of America

Angioma Alliance

AO North America

Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation

Arthritis Foundation

ASD Healthcare

Association for Clinical Research Training

Association for Prevention Teaching and Research

Association for Psychological Science

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Association of Academic Health Centers

Association of Academic Physiatrists

Association of Air Medical Services

Association of American Cancer Institutes

Association of American Medical Colleges

Association of American Physicians

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Association of Chiropractic Colleges

Association of Departments of Family Medicine

Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors

Association of Independent Research Institutes

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs

Association of Medical School Pharmacology Chairs

Association of Minority Health Professions Schools

Association of Organ Procurement Organizations

Association of Pathology Chairs

Association of Population Centers

Association of Professors of Medicine

Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine

Association of Public Health Laboratories

Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions

Association of Schools of Public Health

Association of Specialty Professors

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Association of University Professors of Neurology

Association of University Programs in Health Administration

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Associations of Professors of Dermatology

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America

Autism Society of America

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Bedford Stuyvesant/Crown Heights HIV Care Network

Biophysical Society

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Boston University School of Medicine

Boys Town National Research Hospital

Brain Injury Association of America

Brown University

Campaign for Medical Research

Campaign for Public Health

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Cancer Research Fund / VHL Alliance

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation

CARES Foundation, Inc.

Cedars-Sinai Health System

Celiac Sprue Association

Center for Emerging Technologies

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Child Neurology Society

Christopher Reeve Foundation

Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine

Coalition for American Trauma Care

Coalition for Health Funding

Coalition for Health Services Research

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Coalition for the Advancement of Health Through Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coalition to Protect Research

Coalition of Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue

Coalition to Protect Research

Columbia University Medical Center

Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service

Community Health Partnership: Oregon's Public Health Institute

Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project

Community Mental Health Council

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Consortium of Social Science Associations

Cooley's Anemia Foundation

COPD Foundation

Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Digestive Disease National Coalition

Directors of Health Promotion and Education

Duke University Medical Center

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

East Coast Greenway Alliance

Easter Seals

Epilepsy Foundation

ESA, Inc.

Eta Sigma Gamma

FAIR Foundation

Families USA

FamilyCook Productions

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Fitness Forward

Friends of Cancer Research

Friends of NIDA

General Clinical Research Centers Program Directors Association

Genetic Alliance Genetic Alliance BioBank

Genetics Society of Americas

Grifols, Inc.

Harvard University

Health and Wellness Department

Healthcare Association of New York State

Healthy Maine Walks Coalition

Heart Rhythm Society

Hepatitis Foundation International

HETC Program Directors Coalition

HHT Foundation International

HIV Medicine Association

HLRCC Family Alliance

Huntington’s Disease Society of America

Hydrocephalus Association

IDEA Health & Fitness Association

Immunization Action Coalition

Infectious Diseases Society of America

Intermountain Injury Control Research Center

International Association of Medical Science Educators

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

International Myeloma Foundation

Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium

Johns Hopkins Institutions

Joint Steering Committee for Public Policy

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Lance Armstrong Foundation

Lupus Research Institute National Coalition

Lymphoma Research Foundation

March of Dimes Foundation

Matria Healthcare, Inc.

Mecklenburg Council on Health and Fitness

Medical Library Association/ Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries

Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association

Meharry Medical College

Mental Health America

Mental Health Liaison Group

Morehouse School of Medicine

Mount Sinai Medical Center

Musculoskeletal Tumor Society

NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

NASULGC, A Public University Association

National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alopecia Areata Foundation

National Area Health Education Centers Organization

National Association for Biomedical Research

National Association for Children's Behavioral Health

National Association for Geriatric Education National Association for Geriatric Education Centers

National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc.

National Association of Children's Hospitals

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

National Association of Community Health Centers

National Association of County and City Health Officials

National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors

National Association of Local Boards of Health

National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

National Association of State Head Injury Administrators

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

National Athletic Trainers' Association

National Black Church Initiative

National Black Nurses Association

National Business Coalition on Health

National Caucus of Basic Biomedical Science Chairs

National Coalition for LGBT Health

National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners

National Council for Diversity in the Health Professions

National Down Syndrome Society

National Eczema Association

National EMS Information System Technical Assistance Center

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association

National Gerontological Nursing Organization

National Health Council

National Hemophilia Foundation

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Kidney Foundation

National Marfan Foundation

National Network of Health Career Programs

National Organization for Rare Disorders

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

National Osteoporosis Foundation

National Primate Research Centers

National Psoriasis Foundation

National Recreation and Park Association

National Rural Health Association

National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network

National Sleep Foundation

National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc.

National WIC Association

NBIA Disorders Association

NephCure Foundation

New York AIDS Coalition

New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods

New York Stem Cell Foundation North American Primary Care Research Group

North American Brain Tumor Coalition

Northern Nevada Genetic Counseling

Northwestern University

NYU Hospitals NYU School of Medicine

Ohio State University Medical Center

Oncology Nursing Society

OraSure Technologies, Inc.

Orthopaedic Trauma Association

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

Partners for a Healthy Nevada

PKD Foundation

Population Association of America

Prevent Blindness America

Produce for Better Health Foundation

Project Inform

Pulmonary Hypertension Association

PXE International

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America

Research Institute for Independent Living

Research!America

Save ADAP, Inc.

SC Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity

School Health Education and Services Section, APHA

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.

Shock Society

Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation

Society for Adolescent Medicine

Society for Investigative Dermatology

Society for Neuroscience

Society for Pediatric Research

Society for Public Health Education

Society for Research in Child Development

Society for Women's Health Research

Society of General Internal Medicine

Society of Gynecologic Oncologists

Society of Hospital Medicine

Society of Interventional Radiology

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Society of Trauma Nurses

Spina Bifida Association

St. George’s University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

Steps to a Healthier New Orleans

Stony Brook University Medical Center

Suicide Prevention Action Network USA

SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse

Teen Screen

The AIDS Institute

The American Geriatrics Society

The Arc of the United States United Cerebral Palsy

The Cooper Institute

The Endocrine Society

The Gerontological Society of America

The Jeffrey Modell Foundation

The Learning Disabilities Association of America

The Progeria Research Foundation, Inc.

The Sturge-Weber Foundation

Therapeutic Communities of America

Title II Community AIDS National Network

Trauma Managers Association of California

Trisomy 18 Foundation

Trust for America’s Health

United States Water Fitness Association

University of Chicago

University of Florida Health Science Center

University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine

University of Minnesota

University of Nebraska Medical Center

University of Rochester

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials

Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Yale University

YMCA of the USA