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APIC urges immediate federal action to end PPE shortage

APIC conducted a nationwide survey of infection preventionists to find out more about COVID-19 related PPE shortages. The survey of infection preventionists shows a lack of N-95s, masks, and face shields, placing health workers at risk in facilities in every state, in every size facility.  Only 12% have received supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile.  As a result, APIC is urging Congress to take immediate action to end the shortage.


Infection Prevention Funding in FY 2021

Below is a chart outlining how infection prevention programs fared this year when compared to the previous year. 


Federal Government Program


FY 2020

APIC
FY 2021
Request

Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Programs

   

Antibiotic Resistance Initiative

$170 M

$200 M

National Healthcare Safety Network

$21 M

$25 M

Advanced Molecular Detection

$30 M

$57 M

Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF)

   

Immunizations

$320.5 M

$324.4 M

Epidemiology and Lab Capacity program

$40 M

$40 M

Healthcare-Associated Infections

$12 M

$12 M

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

   

AHRQ baseline funding

$338 M

$471 M

Healthcare-Associated Infections Prevention

$36 M

$36 M

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






 



2020 Testimony and Coalition Letters

  • February 26, 2020
    APIC joined a CDC Coalition letter urging Congress to provide at least $8.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s programs in the FY 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. 

     
  • January 28, 2020
    APIC signed onto a letter being circulated by the Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance to Secretary Azar highlighting the need to invest in new and novel antibiotics. 

     
  • January 28, 2020
    An ad-hoc coalition of public health organizations sent a letter encouraging the Deparmtne of Homeland Security to implement an influenza program for people in the custody of the  U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. 


2019 Testimony and Coalition Letters

  • December 11, 2019
    The Adult Vaccine Access Coalition sent a letter a letter to Robert Kadlec, MD, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, about the President’s Executive Order (EO) directing the US Department of Health and Human Services to overhaul seasonal flu vaccine production and urge more Americans to be vaccinated.
  • November 11, 2019
    The Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) sent a letter encouraging Secretary Azar to include a request 
    for antibiotic incentives in the upcoming supplemental funding bill to research a universal flu vaccine. 
  • November 11, 2019
    The Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriators asking them to support key programs promoting antibiotic stewardship and combating antimicrobial resistance. 
  • September 13, 2019
    The Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) sent a letter encouraging Secretary Azar to support incentives to increase the antibiotic pipeline.
  • August 15, 2019 
    The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology sent a letter encouraging the FDA to expedite the review process process on penicillin skin testing. 
  • July 8, 2019
    The S-FAR sent a letter supporting the DISARM Act, which is an effort to help restructure Medicare reimbursements for antibiotics. 
  • June 21, 2019
    The CDC Coalition sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee urging the Senate to match increased funding levels that passed through the House of Representatives. 
  • June 18, 2019
    The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) sent a letter to sponsors of the Prevention and Public Health Funding (PPHF) Restoration Act, which restores the PPHF to its initial funding targets for this fiscal year. 
  • June 10, 2019 
    The Trust for America's Health sent a letter of support for the LIFT America Act, which is a broad infrastructure package which has provisions for improvements to public health laboratories, public health data modernization, state, local, tribal and territorial core public health infrastructure, and CDC's core public health infrastructure.
  • April 24, 2019
    APIC sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Senate Health Committee supporting efforts to require surgical technicians and sterile processors be certified prior to practice.
     
  • April 8, 2019 
    APIC and SHEA sent joint testimony to the House Appropriations Committee supporting HAI, Vaccines, and antibiotic resistance programs. 
  • March 25, 2019
    The Data: Elemental to Health Campaign Coalition sent a letter supporting $100 million in funding for FY 2020 to modernize its data platforms, and support the modernization/implementation of systems at state and local health departments. 
  • March 11, 2019
    The Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting funding for key infection prevention and control programs.  
  • March 7, 2019
    The Friends of AHRQ coalition sent a letter requests Congress provide the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) $460 million in funding for FY 2020. 
  • March 4, 2019
    The CDC Coalition sent a letter urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to provide $7.8 billion in funding for the CDC. 
  • February 15, 2019 
    The Nondefense Discretionary sent a letter to Members of Congress to protect nondefense discretionary programs in the FY 2019 budget.  
  • February 14, 2019
    APIC sent a letter to the California Department of Public Health as there were revisiting infection prevention regulations in the state.