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APTR Urges Congress to Increase CDC Environmental Health Funding

Wednesday, May 8, 2019  
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APTR joined public health and environmental health organizations to express our 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. APTR urged the leaders of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to build upon the FY 2019 increase and provide at least $230 million in the FY 2020 bill. This amount will ensure that NCEH programs are adequately funded including:
  • Increasing funding for the Climate and Health Program which is currently providing 16 states, two cities, three tribes and three territories (covering 50 percent of the U.S. population) with funding to help diagnose and prepare for the serious adverse health impacts of climate change including extreme heat, more severe storms, floods, droughts, increases in air pollution and pollen and the spread of infectious and vector-borne diseases – such as Lyme disease and dengue fever.

  • Improving environmental health surveillance

  • Expanding critically underfunded childhood lead poisoning prevention activities

  • Expanding the National Biomonitoring Network by providing additional resources to increase the number of states that can undertake state population-based biomonitoring surveillance. 

  • Strengthening and expanding funding to additional states under the National Asthma Control Program that tracks asthma prevalence, promotes asthma control and prevention and builds capacity in state programs. 

FY 2020 Appropriations Letter for CDC NCEH

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