Congressional Corner

Congressional Corner



 June 1, 2017

ASTHO President Submits Testimony

Jay Butler, ASTHO president and director of public health for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. Butler’s testimony highlighted the importance of several programs that support core public health work, including the current crisis surrounding substance misuse, addiction, and overdoses, Zika, public health preparedness, immunization, chronic disease prevention, the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. ASTHO continues to work hard to spread the word on the importance of federal funding for state, local, and tribal health departments.

Prevention and Public Health Fund Chart

Trust for America’s Health released a chart showing the FY14-17 actual Prevention and Public Health Fund allocations to CDC, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA), the Administration for Community Living, as well as proposed allocations in President Trump’s FY18 proposed budget.

Letter to Senators in Support of Public Health Funding

Last week, Sen. Al Franken and 16 other senators sent a letter to the Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee chair and ranking member to “prioritize funding for programs that promote public health and prevention and reduce health disparities. This includes initiatives funded through use of Prevention and Public Health funds as well as other critical grant and demonstration programs at CDC, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HRSA, and SAMHSA. Investing in innovative, evidence-based public health initiatives is essential to improving the health of our nation and the health of our economy.”