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APTR Urges Congress to Fund CDC National Center for Environmental Health

Tuesday, February 26, 2019  
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The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research joined public health, environmental health and other supporting organizations to express support for increased funding for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health in the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

As Congress moves forward with the appropriations process for FY 2020, APTR urges at least $230 million to NCEH to ensure all if its programs are adequately funded. This funding will help ensure that NCEH can work to strengthen and expand its programs.

Increasing our investments in environmental health prevention activities today will help reduce illness, disease, injury and even death. Relying solely on our health care system to tackle the dangerous problems – dirty air and water, toxic substances, lead poisoning, extreme weather and many other environmental hazards – that occur outside the walls of the clinic is a costly and ineffective solution. However, adequate investments today and into the future in core environmental health activities can be a critical down payment on health, productivity and happiness of countless Americans.

FY2020 Appropriations Letter for CDC NCEH

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