For the FY23 federal appropriations period, PI submitted four prioritized appropriations requests in addition to joining a number of group efforts to secure funding that addresses health, safety, and wellbeing through racial justice and health equity.
PI’s priority requests include:
- $102.5 million for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program (REACH) at the CDC. This recommended funding level would provide $75.5 million for the core REACH program and $27 million for the Healthy Tribes program. The increase to the core REACH program will allow CDC to flexibly expand the program’s impact to better meet high community demand and fund more community-based organizations and coalitions that are tailoring interventions to improve social and environmental conditions for better health in their communities. It would also allow CDC to consider expanding the prioritized communities of focus to include Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) communities, who are currently ineligible to apply and experience high rates of chronic disease inequities and persistent discrimination.
- A minimum of $250 million for a new Community Violence Intervention Initiative at the CDC. Establishing a new community violence intervention and prevention initiative allows CDC to support up to 75 cities and communities facing the highest burdens of violence in applying community driven, public health approaches to reduce and prevent community violence. Funds will support scaling up existing community violence prevention efforts and implementing and evaluating evidence-based and evidence-informed community violence prevention strategies based on communities needs and priorities.
- $35,000,000 for Firearm Injury and Mortality Prevention Research for the CDC. Continued and expanded funding could support the creation of additional, large, multi-year studies and accelerate the rebuilding of a research community that shrank in the decades before Congress restored this federal funding. Importantly, expanded funding is necessary to address the relationship between racial justice and violence prevention by ensuring that these research dollars fully reach researchers of color and institutions who are partnering with and working in communities of color that currently face the highest burdens of gun violence.
- $11 billion overall for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
FY23 Appropriations Group Sign Ons
- PI joined a TFAH led letter in requesting $102.5 million for the REACH and Healthy Tribes programs. This increase in funding would allow the REACH program to add an additional 33 programs and for the Healthy Tribes program to continue supporting American Indian/Alaskan Native wellness
- As a member of the Injury and Violence Prevention Network, PI joined a letter in support of $10 million in FY23 for child sexual abuse prevention research at the CDC
- PI signed onto a letter of support addressed to House and Senate appropriator leadership, advocating for a focus on primary prevention strategies when drafting FY23 appropriations legislation and for them to additionally address root causes of inequities, particularly those stemming from structural racism
- PI joined as an organizational endorser on a House Dear Colleague Letter urging for the highest possible funding level in FY23 for federal programs at HRSA, CDC, and NIH to improve mental health and eliminate inequities in maternal health outcomes
- PI joined 108 national and academic organizations in a letter addressed to Senate and House Labor-HHS Appropriations Committees leadership, calling on them to fund the Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs Block Grant in FY 2023 at $1 billion
- PI, alongside 178 state and national organizations, joined a letter addressed to House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Committee leadership in support of at least $11 billion for the CDC in the FY23 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill
- PI, in addition to 287 medical, public health, and research groups, joined a letter of support addressed to Senate and House Appropriations Committees leadership, asking for them to provide $35 million for the CDC and $25 for the NIH for gun violence prevention research
- PI joined a letter to Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders, urging them to increase funding for the CDC’s Climate and Health Program to $110 million in the FY23 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill
- PI joined the Invest in Us Coalition in a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations LHHS and CJS subcommittees, asking for them to fund CVI initiatives at $750 million, which would be evenly split between DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs and CDC’s Injury Prevention Division.
- PI joined the Invest in Us Coalition in a letter addressed to the Appropriations Committee leadership, urging them to provide at least $250 million for community violence intervention initiatives in FY23 legislation.
November 28, 2022
- PI signed a letter asking Congressional leaders to enhance the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and to prioritize tax credits that support children youth and families in end-of-year congressional bills.
FY22 Appropriations Group Sign Ons
- As a member of the Injury and Violence Prevention Network, PI signed a letter of support urging appropriators to finalize the FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill and to include the funding levels proposed in the House-passed bill
- PI joined CDC Coalition members in a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership urging them to include at least the House-passed level of $10.5 billion for CDC in any final FY2022 appropriations package
- PI signed on in support of a bipartisan Dear Colleague letter urging the highest possible funding level in Fiscal Year 2022 for programs at HRSA, CDC, and NIH that seek to prevent maternal deaths, eliminate inequities in maternal health outcomes, and improve maternal health
- PI, alongside 205 other organizations, signed onto a letter urging Congressional leadership in the Committee on Appropriations to support President Biden’s request for increasing funding to $153 million in Fiscal Year 2022 for the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)
- PI joined an ask led by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs urging the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to support at least $750 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant in Fiscal Year 2022
- PI collaborated with the Society for Public Health Education, Trust for America’s Health, YMCA of the USA, National REACH Coalition, Public Health Institute, and National Association of City and County Health Officials in writing a letter to Congressional leaders, urging them to provide at least $102.5 million for the CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program in the FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill – with $75.5 million going to REACH grantees and $27 million for its affiliated program Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC)
- PI joined an effort led by the American Lung Association and the American Public Health Association by signing onto a letter shared with members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, urging them to increase funding for the CDC’s Climate and Health Program to $110 million in FY 2022
- PI joined advocates in signing on to letters shared with leaders in the House Committee of Appropriations and Senate Committee on Appropriations, requesting $10 million to research child sexual abuse prevention at the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC in the FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill
- PI joined 200 medical, public health, and research organizations in letters addressed to House and Senate leadership within the Committee on Appropriations, urging them to increase funding for Gun Violence Prevention research to $50 million evenly split between CDC and NIH in Fiscal Year 2022
- PI joined CDC Coalition members in a letter that was shared with House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee leaders, urging them to provide at least $10 billion in funding for programs at the CDC in the FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill
July 2, 2021
- PI joined advocates in a letter of support urging the Biden-Harris administration to establish a White House Office on Children and Youth, federal children’s cabinet, and a White House Conference on Children and Youth.
FY21 Appropriations Group Sign Ons
- PI joined a letter urging Congress to fund the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health at the House-passed funding level of $240 million as negotiations continue on the fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills.
- PI joined a thank you letter led by ASTHO applauding the inclusion of the Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program in the HEROES Act and recommending its inclusion in emergency COVID-19 legislation with funding appropriated for FY2020 and FY2021.
December 20, 2020