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Editorial: Tragic meningitis death shows importance of public health

November 5, 2015
Palm Beach Post

It’s noteworthy that this strong performance has happened despite the fact that both the federal and state governments have made significant cuts to public health infrastructure in recent years. According to research by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, public health funding in Florida has shrunk from $30 per capita in 2009 to $19.25 per capita today.

According to the report, “Investing in America’s Health: A State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts,” the budget for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also shrank, from a high of $7.31 billion in 2005 to $6.13 billion in 2012.

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