Brace for cuts to your local health department

The impact of sequestration will translate into reduced local and state funding to protect your health and safety. In a recent CQ article (CDC Director Frieden Predicts Local Public Health Cuts Under Sequester – subscription required), CDC Director Thomas Frieden reminded us that the vast majority of the agency’s funding goes out to local and state health departments. These frontline health providers identify and protect us from threats like the flu, foodborne outbreaks, contaminated water, road traffic injuries, and new pathogens. The problem is that we don’t know what we’re missing until it’s too late because these frontline health workers are usually silent heroes.

Take action against sequestration now – To thank our public health heroes and raise awareness of public health, please visit and

Jennifer Chow, Director, Global Health R&D and Public Health Advocacy

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