Trust for America's Health Initiatives

Child and School Health

Child and School Health

America's future depends on the health of our children. TFAH's reports focus on a number of major childhood health problems. These include infant mortality, childhood obesity, protecting children during health emergencies, and ensuring children receive needed vaccines.

TFAH has partnered with a number of organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to bring a range of children's health issues to national attention.




TFAH Reports

May 2018
Pain in the Nation
The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy

December 2017
Ready or Not? 2017
Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism

August 2017
Prevention and Public Health Fund Detailed Information

August 2017
Special Analysis: How Healthy Is Your Congressional District?

March 2017
Impact of the 2017 Health Reform Proposals on Clinical Preventive Services

More reports

Latest News

June 14, 2018
School health officials meet to advance policies to build student success
Healthy Students, Promising Futures Learning Collaborative: 2018 Agenda

January 28, 2018
John Auerbach on Public Health Funding

December 21, 2017
These States Are Best Prepared for Public Health Emergencies

December 19, 2017
NIH lifts limits on making deadly new viruses in the lab

November 1, 2017
U.S. Is Many Different Communities When it Comes to Health
Even within a single county, health outcomes for residents can vary widely.

More public health news

Policy and Advocacy

For TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here.

Press Releases

June 20, 2018
Separating parents and children at US border is inhumane and sets the stage for a public health crisis

December 19, 2017
Half of States Scored 5 or Lower Out of 10 Indicators in Report on Health Emergency Preparedness Report Finds Funding to Support Base Level of Preparedness Cut More than Half Since 2002

November 21, 2017
New Report: More than 1.6 Million Americans Could Die from Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide During Next Decade – A 60 Percent Increase from Previous 10 Years Study Highlights Solutions, Calls for National Resilience Strategy

July 25, 2017
The Senate’s Latest Obamacare Replacement Effort will not improve the Nation’s Health, Affordable Care Act

June 20, 2017
Public Health Leaders Make Urgent Joint Call to Protect Prevention and Healthcare Joint Statement from American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America’s Health

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Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:

Addiction Resource Addiction Resource was founded in 2005 to provide a community for those recovering from addiction and to help patients find the highest quality care for a successful recovery. Their goal is to provide resources to help patients and their loved ones so that they may stay on the road to recovery, and can successfully overcome addiction for life. Addiction Resource is not a treatment center and does not accept payments or advertising offers. Instead, we work to provide free resources to help people better understand their addiction and motivate them to make hte first step in seeking support.

Addiction Center: Health Effects of Youth Substance Abuse Addiction Center was founded by recovering addicts and health professionals to provide the most up-to-date information on various addictions and reviews of top treatment centers across the country.

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health Inequities Among Gay Men & Men Who Have Sex With Men With support from the M·A·C AIDS Fund, TFAH undertook a literature review and convened a one-day consultation to consider strategies to mitigate the social determinants of health inequities among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).† Invited participants included research scientists, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)‡ health service providers, public policy advocates, and federal officials.*

Allies Against Asthma Allies Against Asthma is a national initiative to improve asthma control for children and adolescents. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction provided by the Center for Managing Chronic Disease, University of Michigan, Allies supports seven community-based coalitions and their efforts to improve the way asthma is managed in their communities and provides resources to support other asthma groups throughout the United States. is a website and advocacy group that helps the victims of asbestos exposure and their loved ones. We connect our visitors with the resources they need to understand and fight asbestos-related disease, all at no cost. We research the latest data about asbestos and asbestos-related diseases to ensure an accurate, up-to-date site, and we maintain relationships with doctors and cancer centers to promote patient access to cutting-edge treatment. Our free services include: providing literature on asbestos and related diseases; providing access to our on-staff nurse; matching patients up with qualified doctors in their area; managing a support group for asbestos victims and their families; helping veterans receive VA benefits for asbestos diseases; educating the public about social security disability and legal options; and much more.

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