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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2009
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2009
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    CDC justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2009 ; Justification of appropriation estimates for Appropriations Committees fiscal year 2009 ;
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    As the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, it is my pleasure to present the agency’s budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. In response to the evolving public health challenges of the 21st century, this budget addresses a balanced portfolio of health protection activities, emphasizing both urgent threats we must be prepared to face tomorrow and the urgent realities we are confronting today. This dual emphasis reflects CDC’s complex mission in the 21st century – to protect the public’s health against major calamities such as pandemic influenza, natural disasters, and terrorism, while remaining focused on the threats to health and welfare that Americans face each day, including chronic diseases, injuries and disabilities.

    CDC’s mission is focused on maintaining health, not treating illness; on health protection (through health promotion, prevention and preparedness), not disease care; on integrated programs that work, not narrowly defined activities. And most importantly, we are committed to achieving the best possible value from our public health investments across our federal, state, local, tribal and territorial health network. We center our efforts on a set of fundamental Health Protection Goals designed to accelerate health impact, reduce health disparities, and protect people at home and abroad from current and imminent health threats. These overarching goals articulate CDC’s vision in the following four areas: Healthy People in Every Stage of Life; Healthy People in Healthy Places; People Prepared for Emerging Health Threats; and Healthy People in a Healthy World.

    As we evaluate our investments in the context of the FY 2009 budget cycle, I stress the importance of these agency-wide Health Protection Goals and the need to direct investments to areas that demonstrate the greatest public health impact. Moreover, as the goals are refined and implemented, CDC will continue to improve our capacity to measure and demonstrate the impact of our health protection activities and the benefit that accrues to the public as a result of the agency’s efforts. These efforts support the HHS FY 2007-2012 Strategic Plan and the Secretary’s 500 Day Plan to achieve measurable improvements in health.

    The expected life span of Americans continues to exceed previous generations, and we have a historic opportunity to ensure people are healthy at every life stage. For many priorities, we know what to do to improve health and it is imperative that we bring interventions to scale to elicit the greatest good for the greatest number of people. For others, CDC needs to support and conduct health protection research to find new interventions that work and effective ways to disseminate them. Maintaining the agency’s critical programmatic investments into FY 2009 will allow us to advance our core health protection mission, providing the leadership and investment required to move our nation firmly in the direction of better health.

    In highlighting our accomplishments and prioritizing our investments, the FY 2009 budget request reinforces CDC’s position as America’s health protection leader and conveys our vision for continuing this important work in the future.

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