Monday, April 28th 2003

The Honorable Bill Young
Chairman
Committee on Appropriations
United States House of Representatives
H-218, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

The undersigned organizations urge you to provide the highest possible allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, when the Appropriations Committee meets to determine the 302b allocations for the various subcommittees.

While we sincerely appreciate the great difficulty facing you in determining the appropriate level of resources for a range of pressing national needs, the undersigned organizations believe that the activities and programs supported by the U.S. Public Health Service are essential to protect the health of the American people, whether from newly emerging diseases such as SARS or the consequences of terrorist attacks.  These activities encompass a connected continuum where biomedical, behavioral and health services research guides community-based prevention, health promotion and treatment strategies.  These strategies are, in turn, carried out through targeted services to medically underserved and high risk populations and provided by a trained health and public health workforce. Each link in the continuum cannot succeed in its vital contribution without strong support from all of the other elements. The public health continuum as a whole cannot succeed in achieving the goal of improved health outcomes for all Americans without strong, sustained resources.

Again, the undersigned organizations urge you to do everything possible to provide the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education the highest possible allocation.  A healthy America is a strong America and a critical asset in facing the serious challenges ahead.

To respond to this letter, please contact Marcia Mabee, PhD, MPH; Executive Director of the Coalition for Health Funding:  703-709-3001; mmabee@ix.netcom.com.

Sincerely,

Addiction Treatment Providers of New Jersey
Administrators of Internal Medicine
African American Health Alliance
African American HIV/AIDS Working Group
AIDS Action Council
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
Alliance for Aging Research
Alliant International University
Alpha-1 Foundation
Ambulatory Pediatric Association
American Academy of Emergency Medicine
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
American Association of Blood Banks
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Cancer Society
American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Epidemiology
American College of Nuclear Physicians
American College of Nurse-Midwives
American College of Nurse Practitioners
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Preventive Medicine
American College of Rheumatology
American College of Surgeons
American Counseling Association
American Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
American Dental Hygienists' Association
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
American Foundation for AIDS Research
American Gastroenterological Association
American Geriatrics Society
American Heart Association
American Hospital Association
American Liver Foundation
American Lung Association
American Nurses Association
American Optometric Association
American Osteopathic Association
American Pediatric Society
American Physical Therapy Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
American Public Health Association
American School Health Association
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
American Society for Clinical Pathology
American Society for Microbiology
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
American Society of Hematology
American Society of Nephrology
American Thoracic Society
America's Blood Centers
A O North America
Arthritis Foundation
Association of Academic Health Centers
Association of American Medical Colleges
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Association of Departments of Family Medicine
Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Association of Family Practice Residency Directors
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs
Association of Minority Health Professions Schools
Association of Organ Procurement Organizations
Association of Professors of Medicine
Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials 
Association of Subspecialty Professors
Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Association of University Programs of Occupational Health and Safety
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Boston University School of Medicine
Brain Injury Association of America
California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources
Campaign for Medical Research
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Child Welfare League of America
Children's Health Environmental Coalition
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine
Coalition for American Trauma Care
Coalition for Health Funding
Coalition for Health Services Research
Coalition of Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue
Columbia University Health Sciences
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Connecticut Association of Substance Abuse Agencies
Cooley's Anemia Foundation
Coriell Institute for Medical Research
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
DES Action USA
Developmental Disabilities Research Centers
Digestive Disease National Coalition
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
East Carolina University
Emergency Nurses Association
Every Child By Two
First Candle/Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association
Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Friends of the National Library of Medicine
Gateway Foundation for Women
Genetic Alliance
Hepatitis Foundation International
Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition
HIV Medicine Association
Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association
Immune Deficiency Foundation
Infectious Diseases Society of America
International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol Other Drug Abuse, Inc
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Jeffrey Modell Foundation
Legal Action Center
Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery
Maine Association of Prevention Programs
Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs
March of Dimes
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Corporations of Massachusetts
Meridian Health System
Michigan Association of Licensed Substance Abuse Organizations
Morehouse School of Medicine
NAADAC the Association for Addiction Professionals
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National AHEC Organization
National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
National Assembly on School-Based Health Care
National Association of Children's Hospitals
National Association of Community Health Centers
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of EMS Physicians.
National Association of Geriatric Education Centers
National Association of Local Boards of Health
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors
National Association of State EMS Directors
National Association of State Universities & Land-Grant Colleges
National Caucus of Basic Biomedical Science Chairs
National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
National Foundation for Trauma Care
National Health Council
National Hemophilia Foundation
National Kidney Foundation
National League for Nursing
National Marfan Foundation
National Mental Health Association
National Minority AIDS Council
National Organization for Rare Disorders
National Stroke Association
NephCure Foundation
Neurofibromatosis Association of Arizona
Neurofibromatosis, Inc., New England
Nevada Alliance for Addictive Disorders-Advocacy, Prevention and Treatment Services
New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, Inc.
New York Medical College
New York University Medical Center
North American Primary Care Research Group
North Carolina Association for Behavioral Health Care
Oncology Nursing Society
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Parkinson's Action Network
Partnership for Prevention
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Pulmonary Hypertension Association
PXE International
Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition
Research!America
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation
Society for Adolescent Medicine
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Society for Neuroscience
Society for Pediatric Research
Society for Research in Child Development
Society of General Internal Medicine
Society of Nuclear Medicine
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Society of Trauma Nurses
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Spina Bifida Association of America
State Associations of Addiction Services
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation
The Genome Action Coalition
The Gerontological Society of America
The Ohio Council of Behavioral Healthcare Providers
The University of Florida, Health Science Center
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Health System
Therapeutic Communities of America
Trust for America's Health
United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
University of California
University of Missouri Health Care
University of Rochester Medical Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Cc:  Speaker Hastert, Majority Leader DeLay, Minority Leader Pelosi, Rep. Ralph Regula

 

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