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Quickly Noted: 2011 CDC Funding

April 12, 2010

By chance, I came across a newspaper called US Medicine (subtitle: the voice of federal medicine) at work the other day. Most of the paper was much more clinical than I could handle, but one article, by Sandra Basu, stuck out. I cut out the article and was able to find a free version online, so I thought I’d pass it along to you all.

Ms. Basu writes about a budget request that is $133 million less than CDC received in FY2010. The difference, the CDC administration noted, was due to unobligated balances from the FY2009 pandemic influenza supplemental.

Like all budgets, there are winners and losers. Big winners this year? $79.4M to the World Trade Center Program (which tracks and provides treatment to 9/11 responders), $37.9M to implement the National AIDS Strategy and to prevent new HIV, STD, and viral hepatitis infections, and $20M to the “Big Cities Initiative,”

With the requested funding, CDC plans to fund up to 10 of the largest US cities to implement programs to address three public health priorities: tobacco prevention and control; obesity prevention and control (through improved nutrition and physical activity); and chronic disease detection and management. The goal of the program is to reduce rates of morbidity, disability, and premature mortality due to chronic diseases in these population centers.

There is also $10M for a Health Prevention Corps, who will work in state and local health departments to combat staff shortages in fields like epidemiology, environmental health and labs.

Then there’s the big losers. First up, a decrease of $19M for zoonotic, vector-borne and enteric diseases, including the zeroing out of funding for West Nile Virus activities. Next up, terrorism preparedness and emergency response will get $16M less than the previous year (though, it was noted that this decrease will be in direct response to “improved efficiencies in travel and contracting for CDC’s terrorism preparedness and  emergency response.” The last loser that made it into Ms. Basu’s article is the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, which will stand to lose $1.2M from it’s FY2010 funding level.

Should be interesting to see what’s in the final budget.

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