What CDC Is Doing: Investments & Action

CDC leads the U.S. public health response to combat antibiotic resistance, a threat that can continuously emerge and spread across the world. CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Solutions Initiative invests in national infrastructure to detect, respond, contain, and prevent resistant infections across healthcare settings, communities, the food supply, and the environment (water, soil).

Funding through CDC’s AR Solutions Initiative supports all 50 state health departments, several local health departments, and Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. CDC also collaborates with other federal agencies, state and local health departments, patients, public health partners, and the private sector to address this threat.

From 2016 through 2020, CDC invested in more than 330 innovative antibiotic resistance projects in more than 30 countries to slow the spread of resistance globally. Through these investments and partnerships, CDC is transforming how the nation and world combat and slow antibiotic resistance at all levels.

CDC’s activities to address antibiotic resistance achieve the goals outlined in the U.S. National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, released in 2015 and again in 2020. In fiscal year 2016, Congress appropriated an unprecedented $160 million of new investments for CDC to fight antibiotic resistance. With these investments, CDC implemented the AR Solutions Initiative to work toward meeting the national goals. This appropriation has increased to more than $200 million as of fiscal year 2021. Read more about how CDC leads the public health response to antibiotic resistance on the pages below and in the latest accomplishments report.