Infectious-disease programs fare well in Obama's 2016 budget

February 3, 2015
by Bob Roos

On the ID front, including antibiotic resistance, foodborne diseases, and bioterrorism preparedness, "We did very well," said Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of the Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group in Washington, DC. "For all of these the budget has major increases in funding, and an important policy innovation in seeking a unified food safety agency," he told CIDRAP News.

"Overall the numbers are very good, but there are a few weak spots," Levi said. He noted that the administration is proposing to slash funds for several programs for preventing chronic diseases, such as the Preventive Services Block Grant, which he said is used by health departments to maintain their capabilities and services. 

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