Report: Budget cuts put public health at risk

January 20, 2012
by Larry Conley
American City & County


County health departments could be less prepared to respond to disease outbreaks or bioterrorism attacks because of state and federal budget cuts, according to a new report from the Washington-based Trust for America’s Health and the Princeton, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, and Bioterrorism,”found that recent and proposed budget cuts threaten health departments’ capacity to respond to health emergencies like the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009.


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