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Issue Background

Federal Funding Priorities

APIC Requests $21 million for the CDC National Healthcare Safety Network in FY 2018

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are among the leading causes of preventable harm and death in the United States. HAIs are tracked and monitored on a national level using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Federal funding for NHSN would expand critical user support to facilities across the spectrum of care and enable expansion of NHSN's Antibiotic Use and Resistance (AUR) module.

APIC requests $200 million for CDC's Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Intiative in FY 2018.

Antibiotic Resistance is a growing public health concern. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.

APIC Supports the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF)

​PPHF Infection Prevention Investments More than 12% of the CDC budget is supplied through the PPHF, providing funding for critical programs such as:

Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Program
In FY 2017, the Prevention and Public Health Fund invested $40 million into the ELC program, allowing the CDC to support states in strengthening their ability to detect and respond to infectious disease and other public health threats, including increasing the use of electronic laboratory reporting and improving their information technology infrastructure through the ELC program. 

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)
With PPHF funds, CDC supports health departments in all states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico to enhance their capacity to detect, respond, prevent and control HAIs. In FY 2017, PPHF investments in HAIs totaled $12 million. 

Immunization
CDC’s immunization program is vital to achieving the goal of protecting Americans from infectious diseases. In FY 2017, PPHF investments made up 40% ($324.4 million) of total funding for immunization programs.