Last week, President Trump released his FY 2018 budget. Unfortunately, his proposal cuts numerous  departments including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ($1.2 billion) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases ($1.1 billion). These cuts target important public health infrastructure and research programs that combat the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). To help defend these important programs, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America are working together to encourage healthcare  epidemiologists and infection preventionists to contact their Members of Congress and urge them to oppose this budget proposal.

Below are some key infection prevention programs affected:

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)

Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF)

  • decreases funding for immunization programs under the PPHF by 37%;
  • merges the HAI coordinators program and the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity program under the Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) program without providing proper resources.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

  • combines AHRQ with the National Institutes of Health;
  • reduces funding by 16%;
  • threatens to reduce HAI research funding.

Tell your Members of Congress to reject this proposed budget, and to work on a bipartisan solution that supports critical healthcare infrastructure and research.