Message On the President’s 2015 Proposed Budget on Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
Thursday, March 6, 2014
DHPE Message Regarding the President’s 2015 Proposed Budget on Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
DHPE remains concerned that funding for chronic disease prevention and health promotion and public health in general remains too low...Indeed, the proposed funding for many discretionary health programs remains below FY 2010, even without adjusting for inflation. We have learned that there is little opportunity for growth in the President's budget, necessitating flat funding, deep cuts, and in some cases, elimination. Yes, elimination…once again the Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant has been eliminated from the President’s Budget! The PHHS Block Grant is one of DHPE’s three funding priorities and as such gives states the flexibility to deal with those gaps in services and infrastructure that states’ so desperately need. Significant progress in chronic disease prevention and health promotion, programs for the most vulnerable and public health jobs could be lost if the PHHS Block Grant funding is not restored.
It should be noted that the appropriations process is started with the release of the President’s budget and becomes the starting place for action not the endpoint for the appropriations process. What follows is the beginning of the conversation.
What follows is from the HHS BUDGET BRIEF…
The President’s 2015 Proposed Budget includes $1.1 billion for chronic disease prevention and health promotion activities, $110 million below FY 2014.
CDC will continue the anticipated Partnerships to Improve Community Health program created in FY 2014, at the same funding level of $80 million. This program reaches Americans where they live, work, and play to reduce the burden of chronic diseases.
In FY 2015, CDC will also continue to fund the State Public Health Approaches to Chronic Disease Prevention program, which supports states to implement cross-cutting strategies to promote health and prevent and control chronic diseases and their risk factors. The coordinated approach is comprised of the Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, School Health, and Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity state programs. Coordinating these efforts into a single effort encourages states to implement a cohesive set of evidence and practice-based interventions that address four inter-related chronic diseases and risk factors and allows for increased efficiencies. These interventions are implemented in multiple settings, such as child care, schools, communities, healthcare, and work sites.
In addition, the Budget eliminates the REACH program and the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant; other CDC activities address the goals of these programs through the State Public Health Approaches to Chronic Disease Prevention program and the community chronic disease prevention grant program.
GOOD to KNOW…CDC’s Congressional Justification and related documents, including the 2014 Operating Plan, will be posted on March 7th at www.cdc.gov/budget. Today, you can access a summary of CDC’s request at www.hhs.gov/budget#brief and look for the CDC chapter. DHPE looks forward to talking to you about the FY15 budget request throughout this appropriations cycle.