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Kansas gets least to fight disease

April 8, 2008
by David Goldstein
Wichita Eagle

Kansas got fewer federal dollars for disease prevention and public health emergencies last year than any other state. Missouri, ninth from the bottom, was not far behind. Alaska came out on top. That's what the Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan, nonprofit public health research group, found in a state-by-state study of how federal money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was spent. "If we're serious about improving the health of Americans, we need to make a much bigger investment in disease prevention efforts in every state and every region," said Jeff Levi, the Trust's executive director.

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