Prevention and Public Health Fund paying off in communities: Success threatened by cuts to fund

August 4, 2012
by Teddi Dineley Johnson
The Nation's Health


In Iowa, dental practices are expanding tobacco and blood pressure screenings. In Hennepin County, Minn., a new system is linking patients with clinical and community programs. And in Wisconsin, advocates are working to implement smoke-free policies in low-income housing.

Though separated by state and county lines, each of the programs traces its funding to a common source: The Prevention and Public Health Fund. Created by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the fund is the nation’s first mandatory funding stream dedicated to public health and prevention activities. In addition to supporting new and existing community prevention and research activities, monies from the fund are being used to strengthen state and local public health infrastructure, bolster data collection for community- and clinical-based prevention activities and expand and improve training for the public health workforce.


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