(Washington, DC – April 10, 2021) — The President’s FY2022 budget request for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies, includes a proposed 23 percent increase to HHS and an 18 percent increase to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In response, the President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), John Auerbach, released the following statement:
“Trust for America’s Health is encouraged to see proposed increases for public health funding in the President’s FY2022 budget request, including a $1.6 billion increase for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The unprecedented events of the past year demonstrate the need for increased and sustained investments in core public health. The pandemic exposed gaps in the public health system and major underlying health inequities in our communities – deficits that made the nation particularly vulnerable.
We were pleased to see proposed increases for long-neglected public health issues, including addressing racial inequities and the social determinants of health, the impact of climate change on health, and the substance misuse epidemic. We hope that Congress follows the Administration’s lead and commits the resources that public health needs to carry out its mission. The increases proposed in the budget request are an important step forward, future budgets will also need to invest in public health and address disparities that continue to place some communities at higher risk.”