Advancing the Public Health System by Defining the Foundational Capabilities of Public Health
February 24, 2013
by Jeff Levi
Public health departments have the unique role and responsibility for improving health in schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. They are charged with identifying top health problems and developing strategies to solve these issues.
Indeed, they are the chief health strategist in communities.
Unfortunately, public health departments at all levels of government have been chronically underfunded for decades. In fact, according to a 2008 analysis by the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), there was a shortfall of $20 billion per year in spending on federal, state and local public health and, in most cases, there is no officially defined mode of coordination for targeting or strategically focusing funding.
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