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Dear Chairwoman DeLauro, Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Granger and Vice Chairman Shelby:

The undersigned 140 members of the CDC Coalition and other supporting state and national organizations urge you to include at least the House-passed level of $10.5 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s programs in any final FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill. We truly appreciate your support for CDC and for the significant increases provided in both the House and Senate versions of the FY 2022 appropriations bill. Strong funding for CDC is critical to supporting all of CDC’s activities and programs, which are essential to protect the health of our communities. Due to years of underfunding, many CDC programs have not received the funding that is needed to address the many health challenges we face as a nation, resulting in many of CDC’s most effective prevention programs not reaching all states. We also believe that it is critical for Congress to quickly finalize the FY 2022 appropriations process to avoid lengthy continuing resolutions that bring uncertainty and make it more difficult for the agency and its grantees to protect the public’s health.

The CDC Coalition is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations committed to strengthening our nation’s public health infrastructure and prevention programs. Our mission is to ensure that health promotion and disease prevention are given top priority in federal funding, to support a funding level for CDC that enables it to carry out its prevention mission and to ensure an adequate translation of new research into effective state and local programs. Coalition member groups represent millions of public health workers, researchers, clinicians, educators, patients and individuals and families served by CDC programs.

CDC serves as the command center for the nation’s public health defense system against emerging and reemerging infectious diseases as well as man-made and natural disasters. From playing a leading role in aiding in the surveillance, detection and mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and globally, to playing a lead role in the control of Ebola in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to monitoring, investigating and helping to control the recent measles outbreaks in the U.S., to pandemic flu preparedness, CDC is the nation’s – and a global – expert resource and response center, coordinating communications and action and serving as the laboratory reference center. States, communities and international partners rely on CDC for accurate information, direction and resources to ensure they continue to be prepared for and able to respond to and recover from a crisis or outbreak.

While CDC is playing a leading role in protecting the public’s health from COVID-19, it is faced with many other unprecedented challenges and responsibilities ranging from chronic disease prevention to combating the opioid, tobacco, e-cigarette and obesity epidemics to emergency preparedness. CDC funds programs for injury control; research into gun violence prevention; global health security; health promotion in schools and workplaces; the prevention of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease and other chronic diseases; tobacco prevention and control; nutrition and physical activity; immunizations; HIV, STI and hepatitis prevention; prevention of vector-borne diseases; environmental health, including the prevention of childhood lead poisoning and protecting the public from the health impacts of climate change; oral health; reducing health disparities; preventing infant mortality and birth defects; sickle cell disease data collection; preventing antimicrobial resistance; preventing prescription drug overdose; improving the health and quality of life of individuals with disabilities; Alzheimer’s disease prevention and awareness; vision and eye health and public health research and health statistics. It is notable that more than 70% of CDC’s budget supports public health and prevention activities through state and local health organizations and agencies, national public health partners and academic institutions.

In addition to ensuring a strong public health infrastructure and protecting our communities from public health threats and emergencies, CDC programs are crucial to reducing health care costs and improving health. Despite the progress CDC has made to meet these needs, the agency’s programs have been woefully underfunded. We urge you to include at least $10.5 billion for CDC’s programs in any final FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

Please contact Don Hoppert at [email protected] or 202-777-2514 with any questions regarding our request.


AANS/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma & Critical Care

AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery

AIDS United

Allergy & Asthma Network

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Association for Clinical Chemistry

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

American Association on Health and Disability

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American College of Physicians

American Dental Hygienists' Association

American Heart Association

American Liver Foundation

American Lung Association

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

American Physical Therapy Association

American Public Health Association

American School Health Association

American Society for Clinical Pathology

American Society for Microbiology

American Society for Reproductive Medicine

American Society of Hematology

American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons

American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

American Thoracic Society

American Trauma Society

Arizona Public Health Association

Arthritis Foundation

Association for Clinical and Translational Science

Association for Prevention Teaching and Research

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

Association of American Medical Colleges

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS)

Association of Public Health Laboratories

Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Big Cities Health Coalition

Children's Environmental Health Network

Clinical Research Forum

Coalition for Clinical and Translational Science

Coalition of National Health Education Organizations

Colorado Public Health Association

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Consortium of Social Science Associations

Cooley's Anemia Foundation

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Covering Kids & Families of Indiana

Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association

Digestive Disease National Coalition

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

Endocrine Society

Entomological Society of America

Epilepsy Foundation

Eta Sigma Gamma, Inc

Florida Public Health Association

GBS|CIDP Foundation International

GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

Health Care Without Harm

Hepatitis B Foundation

HIV+Hepatitis Policy Institute

Illinois Public Health Association

Indiana Public Health Association

International Association of Forensic Nurses

International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)

International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders

Interstitial Cystitis Association

Jeffrey Modell Foundation

Kansas Public Health Association

Lakeshore Foundation

Louisiana Public Health Association

Lymphatic Education & Research Network

Maine Public Health Association


Michigan Public Health Association

Minnesota Public Health Association

Missouri Public Health Association

Montana Public Health Association

Morehouse School of Medicine


National Alopecia Areata Foundation

National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems

National Association of County and City Health Officials

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

National Center for Healthy Housing

National Eczema Association

National Fragile X Foundation

National League for Nursing

National Pancreas Foundation

National Safety Council

National Tuberculosis Controllers Association

National WIC Association

North Carolina Public Health Association

NephCure Kidney International

Nevada Public Health Association

New Hampshire Public Health Association

New Mexico Public Health Association

New York State Public Health Association

North Dakota Public Health Association

Patient Services, Inc.

Pennsylvania Public Health Association

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Prevention Institute

Project Sleep

Public Health Institute

Pulmonary Hypertension Association


Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

Safe States Alliance

Scleroderma Foundation

SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators

Sleep Research Society

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Society for Public Health Education

Society for Women's Health Research

South Carolina Public Health Association

South Dakota Public Health Association

Southern California Public Health Association

Spina Bifida Association

Susan G. Komen

Tennessee Public Health Association

The AIDS Institute

The Infectious Diseases Society of America

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

Trust for America's Health

Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM)

US Hereditary Angioedema Association

Utah Public Health Association

Virginia Public Health Association

Washington State Public Health Association

WE Public Health

Wisconsin Public Health Association