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Minnesota ranks low in receiving federal public health funding, but ranks high for health

April 2, 2008
by Jeremy Olson
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Minnesota typically ranks as one of the nation's healthiest states, but a report released today lists the state near the bottom in federal public health funding. The state's $14.61 per person in federal money is much lower than the average amount for the Midwest ($16.24) or for the nation ($17.23), according to the Trust for America's Health, the advocacy group that produced the report. The money comes mostly in grants from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for programs to reduce smoking, prevent chronic diseases, fight infectious outbreaks and prepare for pandemics or bioterrorism.

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