Public health groups sound warning about preparedness cuts

May 19, 2011
by Lisa Schnirring

Two public health advocacy groups this week warned that recent cuts in US preparedness funding could hamstring the nation's response to a health emergency such as a bioterrorism attack, flu pandemic, or natural disaster.

Officials at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) said cuts apply to fiscal year 2011 funding, which was approved in a continuing resolution passed by Congress in April to keep the government running through the end of September. The impact of the cuts is coming to light now, because federal agencies had a May 13 deadline to provide Congress with an operating plan detailing how they would distribute the cuts.


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