The FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill moving through Congress includes notable wins for the preventive medicine community, including enhanced funding for preventive medicine residency training programs and for violence prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In response to earlier versions of the appropriations bill that contained funding cuts of roughly 50% to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) line-item for preventive medicine residency training programs, ACPM implemented a successful grassroots advocacy campaign mobilizing its members to contact lawmakers in Washington and urge support for full restoration of HRSA preventive medicine funding. ACPM member engagement in the call to action was tremendous and proved crucial to our success in restoring federal funding for preventive medicine residency training programs to more than $10 million, a high-water mark for the specialty.
Furthermore, ACPM worked with the National Violence Prevention Network (NVPN) to secure an additional $5 million for the continued expansion of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) program, while successfully suppressing efforts to restrict CDC firearm data collection activities, a proposal that would have essentially gutted NVDRS. Thanks to our members and partners in NVPN for their support and direct engagement in ACPM’s advocacy activities.
Preventive medicine fares well in Omnibus agreementhttp://www.acpm.org/news/266967/http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.acpm.org/resource/rss/news.rss
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