Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 12, 2009
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) commends President Barack Obama and Congress for passing an omnibus bill that includes $6.6 billion in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a $239 million increase from the last fiscal year.
"By increasing funding for CDC, Congress has shown its commitment to bolstering our public health infrastructure and helping address critical needs, like chronic disease prevention," said John Robitscher, NACDD Executive Director. "This provision in the omnibus spending bill, along with other efforts like the recent White House Forum on Health Reform, demonstrates that the President and Congress are serious about accomplishing comprehensive health care reform and creating stronger, healthier communities across the United States."
For two decades, NACDD has linked nearly 1,500 public health officials from every state and U.S. territory to advocate for preventive policies and programs, at the national, state and local levels, to reduce the rates of chronic diseases.
NACDD is dedicated to raising awareness about the burden of chronic disease, and to providing policymakers with concrete solutions. Earlier this year, NACDD released a white paper which outlines recommendations for the 111th Congress as it develops meaningful health care system reform. These recommendations focus on improving the public health infrastructure and investing in programs that help prevent and manage chronic diseases.
About the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national public health association for chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory. The NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the American population by advocating for preventive policies and programs, encouraging sharing of knowledge and developing partnerships for health promotion. (http://www.chronicdisease.org).