Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2011

Trust for America’s Health and Over 100 National Organizations Send Letter To the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Expressing Strong Support For the Prevention and Public Health Fund

Washington, D.C., October 5, 2011 - The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and leaders from over 100 national organizations sent a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction expressing strong support for sufficiently funding the nation's public health programs, most notably maintaining the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

The letter, in part, states:

"As leaders of national organizations, we would like to express our strong support for sufficiently funding the nation's public health programs, and in particular, maintaining the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Fund), an unprecedented investment in national, state and local efforts to prevent disease and reduce long-term health costs.  We were disappointed that the President's deficit reduction plan included cuts to the Prevention Fund, which would result in a 25 percent reduction in this investment by FY 2015, severely impacting our efforts to curb chronic disease.  We urge you to maintain our investment in the Fund and produce a final deficit reduction plan that recognizes the importance of prevention.

Nearly 700 national, state, and local organizations support the Fund as a primary vehicle for making public health investments that would create jobs and help to lower long-term health care costs...The Fund fills a role that has the support of the American people - a public opinion survey conducted by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 71 percent of Americans favored an increased investment in disease prevention.

As you know, billions of dollars in mandatory funding are spent each year through Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health care programs to pay for health care services once patients develop an acute illness, disability, injury, or chronic disease and present for treatment in our health care system.  Yet prior to the creation of the Fund, there was no corresponding reliable investment in efforts to promote wellness, prevent disease, and protect against public health or bioterrorism emergencies.  At a time when today's children are in danger of becoming the first generation in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents, we need to get serious as a nation about our commitment to prevention, wellness, and preparedness.

States and communities are already using Prevention Fund dollars to build epidemiology and laboratory capacity to track and respond to disease outbreaks, train the nation's public health workforce, modernize vaccine systems, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, reduce tobacco use, promote behavioral health, prevent injuries, help control the obesity epidemic, and build the evidence base to continually enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of these public health programs."

The full letter is available here. The list of 696 organizations that supports the Prevention and Public Health fund is available here.

Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.


The letter was signed by the following:


  1. Normandie Nigh, Chief Executive Officer, A World Fit For Kids!
  2. Nancy Chapman, RD, MPH, President, Advocates for Better Children's Diets
  3. Mark Ishaug, President and Chief Executive Officer, AIDS United
  4. Leeann Hall, Executive Director, Alliance for a Just Society
  5. O. Marion Burton, MD FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics
  6. E. Paul Roetert, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  7. Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  8. Lucinda L. Maine, PhD, RPh, Executive VP and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  9. Roberta Carlin, MS, JD, Executive Director, American Association on Health and Disability
  10. Dr. John Seffrin, Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  11. Michael A. Barry, CAE, Executive Director, American College of Preventive Medicine
  12. Scott Goudeseune, President and CEO, American Council on Exercise
  13. Larry Hausner, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association
  14. Patricia M. Babjak, Chief Executive Officer, American Dietetic Association
  15. Nancy Brown Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association
  16. Charles D. Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Lung Association
  17. Colin McCluney, Education & Advocacy Fellow, American Medical Student Association
  18. Rose Iris Gonzalez, PhD, RN, Director, Government Affairs, American Nurses Association
  19. Pamela A Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer American Organization of Nurse Executives
  20. J. Alan Baker, Interim Executive Director, American Public Health Association
  21. Ed Grandi, Executive Director, American Sleep Apnea Association
  22. John H. Klippel, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Arthritis Foundation
  23. Kathy Lim Ko, President and Chief Executive Officer, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
  24. Allison L. Lewis, Executive Director, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
  25. Katrina Crist, MBA Chief Executive Officer, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
  26. Jeffrey Caballero, Executive Director, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
  27. Susan M. Swider, PhD, APHN-BC, President, Association of Community Health Nursing Educators
  28. Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE Chief Executive Officer, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
  29. Scott J. Becker, MS Executive Director, Association of Public Health Laboratories
  30. Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH, CPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of Schools of Public Health
  31. Christine Wood, Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
  32. John Auerbach, MBA President, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials; Commissioner Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  33. Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA, Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  34. Karen Probert, Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors
  35. Robert Bernstein, Ph.D. President and Chief Executive Officer, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  36. Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  37. Karen Licitra, Board Chair, Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund
  38. Lorren Sandt, Executive Director, Caring Ambassadors Program, Inc.
  39. JoEllen Tarallo-Falk, Ed.D., MCHES, Executive Director, Center for Health and Learning
  40. Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
  41. Catherine M. Dunham, Executive Director, Children's Dental Health Project
  42. Emily J. Holubowich, Executive Director, Coalition for Health Funding
  43. Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer
  44. Vincent Lafronza, Ed.D., President, CommonHealth ACTION
  45. Don Mathis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Action Partnership
  46. Robert Restuccia, Executive Director, Community Catalyst
  47. Lark Galloway-Gilliam, Executive Director, Community Health Councils
  48. Leeann Hall, Executive Director, Community Organizations in Action
  49. Kathy Burgoyne, PhD, Vice President, Health Equity Partners Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
  50. Adam Perlman, MD, Chair, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
  51. Debra Fraser Howze, Senior Vice President, Orasure Technologies Corporate Hepatitis Alliance
  52. Patrick J. McConnon, MPH, Executive Director, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  53. Susan Goekler  Executive Director Directors of Health Promotion and Education
  54. Allan Clear, Executive Director, Harm Reduction Coalition
  55. Leslie Spencer, Ph.D., Interim Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Health Promotion Advocates
  56. Laurie Stillman, Chief Strategy and Policy Officer, Health Resources in Action
  57. Mary R. Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council
  58. Emily Cook, Vice President, Government Markets Healthways, Inc.
  59. Jane Pan, Executive Director, Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, D.C.
  60. Ponni Perumalswami, MD, Principal Investigator, Hepatitis Outreach Network
  61. Andrea Weddle, Executive Director, HIV Medicine Association
  62. James M. Hughes, MD, FIDSA, President, Infectious Diseases Society of America
  63. Vincent Lafronza, Ed.D., President, Institute for Public Health Innovation
  64. Janet R. Kahn, PhD LMT, Executive Director, Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium
  65. Joe Moore, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association
  66. Sam Blair, Network Director, Main Street Alliance
  67. Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President, March of Dimes Foundation
  68. Harry MacMillan, Executive Director, MEND Foundation
  69. Julie M. Scofield, Executive Director, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
  70. Robert M. Pestronk,  Executive Director,  National Association of County and City Health Officials
  71. Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors
  72. Marie M. Fallon, EdD Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Local Boards of Health
  73. Hutson W. Inniss, Executive Director, National Coalition for LGBT Health
  74. Keith Mason, Executive Director, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
  75. Joseph Kimbrell, MA, MSW, Chief Executive Officer, National Network of Public Health Institutes
  76. Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD, Chief Executive Officer, National Nursing Centers Consortium
  77. Lark Galloway-Gilliam, President, National REACH Coalition
  78. Martha Saly, Director, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
  79. The Rev. Douglas A. Greenaway, President and Chief Executive Officer, National WIC Association
  80. Debbie I. Chang, MPH Vice President, Policy and Prevention Nemours
  81. Michael Mawby, Chief Government Affairs Officer, Novo Nordisk
  82. Jud Richland, MPH, President, Partnership for Prevention
  83. Carolyn R. Aldige, President and Founder, Prevent Cancer Foundation
  84. Larry Cohen, Executive Director, Prevention Institute
  85. Dana Van Gorder,  Executive Director, Project Inform
  86. Ron Bialek, MPP, President, Public Health Foundation
  87. Mary Pittman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Institute
  88. Marice Ashe, JD, MPH, Executive Director, Public Health Law & Policy
  89. Ellen Rautenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Solutions
  90. Lois Uttley Co-Founder, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need
  91. Deb Hubsmith, Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  92. Amber N. Williams, Executive Director, Safe States Alliance
  93. Sarah E. Samuels, DrPH, President, Samuels & Associates
  94. Steven M. Gordon, MD, President, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
  95. Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES, Chief Executive Officer, Society for Public Health Education
  96. Lisa A. Levine, CAE, President, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association
  97. Ruth T. Perot, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc.
  98. Mickey S. Urdea, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman, Tethys Bioscience, Inc.
  99. Michael Ruppal Executive Director, The AIDS Institute
  100. James P. Firman, Ed.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, The National Council on the Aging    
  101. Jeffrey Levi, PhD, Executive Director, Trust for America’s Health          
  102. J. Robinson Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer, VSP Vision Care
  103. Neil Nicoll, President and Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of the USA




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