For Immediate Release
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Proposed cuts to Prevention and Public Health Fund are shortsighted, says the American Public Health Association

Statement by Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director, American Public Health Association, and Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College

Sept. 19, 2011, Washington, D.C. — “Today’s proposed cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund could effectively put the nation’s health at risk, severely threatening ongoing efforts to reduce the burden of our nation’s most feared and deadly diseases. Long-term and potentially life-threatening consequences of a compromised public health system will far outweigh the short-term savings. It is through these life-saving measures that we help build a sustainable public health infrastructure and begin to fundamentally transform our nation’s health system. This fund is a critical investment as part of the Affordable Care Act, and APHA is deeply disappointed in today’s proposal to backtrack on this commitment. APHA will continue to work with Congress and the administration not only to protect the $15 billion designated for the fund over 10 years, but to ensure this investment grows in years to come.”

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