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Public Health: What Foundations Are Funding

February 6, 2017
by Lee L. Prina
Health Affairs

In October 2016 Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan group “dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority,” released a 185-page report titled Blueprint for a Healthier America 2016: Policy Priorities for the Next Administration and Congress. Richard Hamburg, TFAH’s interim president and CEO, noted in a press release that the report highlights “high-impact policies that could help spare millions of Americans from preventable health problems and save billions [of dollars] in avoidable healthcare costs—if we make them a priority.” Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the California Endowment, and the Kresge Foundation, the report was provided to the presidential transition teams of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and to incoming members of Congress. One section of the report focuses on the US public health system, which “cannot consistently respond effectively and efficiently when major new crises occur, largely because periods of important investments were followed by significant budget cuts.”

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