Advocacy Alert- Senate's Proposed FY 2020 Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill Cuts REACH and Other Key Health Programs

Saturday, September 21, 2019


Advocacy Alert
Senate's Proposed FY 2020 Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill Cuts REACH
and Other Key Health Programs
Contact Your Senators to Object to Funding Cuts
September 19, 2019 - Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Appropriations released subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt's (R-MO) recommendation for the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill.
The bill includes $178.3 billion in base allocation, with $9.4 billion in changes in mandatory programs. Included is a $3 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and includes $266 million to support the President's HIV initiative and $3.9 billion to fight opioid abuse. The Department of Health and Human Services is funded at $93.4 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $3 billion from FY19.
Although SOPHE requested $76.95 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'sRacial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)program, the proposed bill would eliminate the program. Now in its 20th year, REACH CDC funds local communities to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest burden of chronic disease (i.e., hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity) through culturally tailored interventions to address preventable risk behaviors (i.e., tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity. It is one of the only CDC-funded community health programs that works to lessen and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.
SOPHE designed its health equity resolution on the principle of addressing underlying social determinants of health that result in disparate health outcomes.
In June, the House of Representatives passedH.R. 2740an appropriations package that funds the CDC at $8.3 billion, including $71.95 million for the REACH program.
The Society for Public Health Education, a longtime advocate on behalf of the REACH program, urges you to contact your senators to object to the funding cuts.Demand that the Senate include funding for the REACH program as it works to pass an appropriations package.