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APTR Joins 350 Organizations to Implore HHS Secretary to Support CDC's Critical Role in the Pandemic

Thursday, July 16, 2020  
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APTR and 346 health and public health organizations released a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar stating that the expertise of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all public health agencies is critical to protecting Americans' health during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The authoring organizations expressed "deep concern" about increasing reports of resistance to evidence-based public health messages and threats to public health leaders and agencies, and called on the Secretary to be an advocate for public health. At this sentinel moment, during the worst public health emergency in over a century, all of the nation's leaders must resist any efforts that would undermine the critical role of the CDC to respond to the pandemic and must be an advocate for increased investment in public health, said the letter signatories. The letter urges Secretary Azar to speak up and amplify the critical role of CDC and that of all public health agencies during this monumental crisis.

The letter furthermore calls on Secretary Azar to be an advocate for increased funding for CDC's core budget. While emergency supplemental funding has been critical to begin to address the immediate COVID-19 response needs, robust, sustained, and predictable funding for its full public health mission is essential to sustain its public health activities and to prevent the next emergency. Today's laser focus should be on preventing further deaths and disruptions due to the pandemic and the CDC, as the world's premier public health institution, should be at the helm of that effort.

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