CDC funding varies widely by state, report says

April 2, 2008
by Robert Roos

State shares of federal spending to combat public health problems ranging from bioterrorism to obesity vary widely, with midwestern states generally getting the slimmest slices, the nonprofit group Trust for America's Health (TFAH) reported today. Midwestern states received an average of $16.24 per person from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in fiscal year 2007, whereas southern states received an average of $29.40 per person, says TFAH, a nonpartisan public health advocacy group based in Washington, DC. In between were states in the West, with $19.74 per person, and the Northeast, with $23.37 per person, the group said. The figures come from a 144-page report, titled "Shortchanging America's Health: A State-by-State Look at How Federal Public Health Dollars Are Spent," released today.

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