Funding For Public Health Emergency Preparedness Trimmed
August 19, 2011
by Phil Leggiere
Homeland Security Today
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) federal health agencies announced this week $613 million in grants to states and cities for this year's round of public health emergency preparedness funding, below the $698 million awarded last year.
The fiscal year 2011 budget agreement reached in April required the CDC to cut its budget by $750 million.
Adjusted for inflation, CDC support for state and local public health preparedness funding this year is about 35 percent lower than in 2005, according to data from Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit public health advocacy group based in Washington, DC.
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