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.

Policy and Advocacy

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


Press Releases

March 3, 2014
Public Health Experts Strongly Support Dr. Vivek Murthy as the next Surgeon General

March 3, 2014
TFAH Statement on the Final Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards: Important for the Nation’s Health

February 25, 2014
TFAH Statement on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Proposal to Ban Marketing of Junk Food and Sodas in Schools

February 3, 2014
Nearly Two-Thirds of States Lack Rescue Drug and Good Samaritan Overdose Laws

January 29, 2014
TFAH’s Statement on the Conference Agreement on the Farm Bill

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Resources

Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:

Community Transformation Grants (CTGs): Promoting Proven Strategies to Fight Chronic Diseases
Community Transformation Grants, one major initiative funded under the Prevention and Public Health Fund, are targeted at addressing the leading causes of chronic diseases to improve the health of Americans and reduce health care costs over the long term. The investments being made are critical to make sure people can take personal responsibility for their health care, outside of the doctor’s office, and allow individual communities to address their greatest health needs. CTGs will benefit more than one in three Americans, approximately 145 million people.

Half of Americans Could Be Obese By 2030… Or We Could Invest In The Prevention Fund
Half of Americans could be obese By 2030...or we could invest in the Prevention Fund. An analysis conducted by the National Heart Forum, based on a peer-reviewed model published last year in The Lancet, estimates that that 50 percent of Americans are on track to be obese in the next 20 years.1 Obesity could even top 60 percent in 13 states. Right now, 36 percent of Americans are obese.

Local Health Departments’ Policy/Advocacy Activities on Obesity or Chronic Disease
The purpose of the 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments (Profile) study was to develop a comprehensive and accurate description of LHD infrastructure and practice. Data from the Profile study are used by many people and organizations. For example, LHD staff members use the data to compare their LHD or those within their states to others nationwide; data are used to inform public health policy at the local, state, and federal levels and can support projects to improve local public health practice; and data are used in universities to educate future public health workforce members about LHDs and by researchers to address questions about public health practice.

The National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters,
A Major Gap in More than Half of the States' Disaster Preparedness Regulations for Child Care Facilities Puts Many Vulnerable Children at Risk, Save the Children Reports. Called "The National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters," the report assesses all 50 states and the District of Columbia on four basic disaster preparedness and safety standards for children in child care and at school. Three of the standards focus on child care facilities and the fourth is for schools.

The Prevention and Public Health Fund: For A Healthier America
Prevention saves lives, reduces health care costs, and makes the country a healthier, more productive place. More than half of Americans live with at least one serious preventable health condition, like diabetes or heart disease, which forces taxpayers to spend billions of dollars a year on health care. And, today’s children are in danger of becoming the first generation in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. The Prevention and Public Health Fund enables communities around the country to invest in proven strategies to improve health. That’s why the Fund has the support of more than 760 national, state and local organizations.

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