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Public Health Funding and the Role of Congress

March 28, 2019


Overview: Advocating on Capitol Hill for strong public health systems is critical to advancing the work of state and territorial health agencies. Earlier this month, the nation’s top health officials came to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and raise awareness around key issues, including raising the caps on non-defense discretionary spending, supporting the 22x22 campaign to increase the CDC’s budget 22% by FY22, and prioritizing funding for public health programs. “Washington Week” came and went, but the work is far from over, according to ASTHO CEO Michael Fraser and Carolyn Mullen, ASTHO’s chief of government affairs and public relations. Tune in as they recap the week’s events and share their outlook on the wins and challenges that lie ahead for public health funding.


  • Michael Fraser, PhD, MS, CAE, FCPP, Chief Executive Officer, ASTHO
  • Carolyn Mullen, Chief, Government Affairs and Public Relations, ASTHO


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