RAMP urges DHHS Secretary Sebelius to oppose asthma cuts

RAMP recently joined a large group of advocates for environmental and public health in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, to express extreme concern about the devastating cuts to the Center for Disease Control’s environmental health programs in the Presidents FY 2012 budget. It proposes to consolidate and reduce by 51% the funding for CDC’s Healthy Homes/Lead Poisoning Prevention and the National Asthma Control Programs. Without a doubt, this is the smallest budget for these programs since their inception. These programs have demonstrated cost-effectiveness, are critical to reducing health disparities, and help strengthen environmental public health. The short-sighted cuts will result in significant long-term costs, communities of color and low-income families will be disproportionately burdened, and environmental public health work force will be dealt a significant blow. To view the full letter, click here.