WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and coalition of more than 90 organizations call on Congress to stop cuts to public health programs
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease as part of the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) released a report today documenting the dire consequences of Congress’ deep cuts to public health programs. Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Hurt America’s Health
illustrates the eroding U.S. public health infrastructure and the underfunding of all public health programs, including those benefiting women’s heart health.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women, and is responsible for one in every three female deaths in the U.S. Public health funding cuts decrease the effectiveness federal programs to improve women’s heart health, which jeopardizes the health of women. WomenHeart's article in the new report
illustrates this point.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) program provides chronic disease risk factor screenings, lifestyle programs, and referral services to low-income, under-insured or uninsured women who are at risk for cardiovascular disease. Consistent funding is needed so that the program can reach more women living with and at risk for cardiovascular disease.
• The National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducts research to prevent of the most common diseases and conditions that affect post-menopausal women through its Women’s Health Initiative. To date, WHI has resulted in 76,000 fewer cases of cardiovascular disease. Funding cuts could jeopardize the future of this program.
• The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) program is designed to save the lives of people in rural areas who suffer from cardiac arrest. Cuts would result in an increase in preventable deaths from cardiac arrest in rural areas.
While there is limited sequester relief in 2015, the full impact of sequestration hits again in 2016 and for years to come. This would further imperil programs aimed at reducing the incidence of women’s heart disease and improving the quality of life of women living with heart disease. Faces of Austerity How Budget Cuts Hurt America’s Health
features more than 20 testimonials from real Americans telling stories about how public health cuts have impacted their lives. As such, it is an important reminder for the public and lawmakers alike about the potentially devastating consequences of public health cuts, and particularly cuts to women’s women’s heart health programs. We hope the report will serve as a catalyst to bolster federally-funded programs for women’s heart health. The health of American women depends on it. Read the full press statement here.
Read WomenHeart's article in the report here.