Trust for America's Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.
- Achieve optimal federal support for public health. TFAH builds the case for, and advocates in support of, effective policies and sufficient federal resources for public health programs (including those supported by the Prevention and Public Health Fund) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other HHS agencies. TFAH also supports preserving coverage of preventive clinical services and promoting nonprofit hospital community health activities (including community health needs assessments and implementation plans) and the CMS Innovation Center and its population and health improvement initiatives. Our work includes providing rapid response and analyses of the impact of potential budget cuts and proposed alternative approaches.
- Advance a modernized public health system. TFAH recognizes that an essential component of a Culture of Health is the existence of effective public health organizations. Such organizations can often fill the need for Chief Health Strategists – those who provide leadership to improve the nation’s health by using evidence-based policies, practices and multi-sector collaboration to strengthen infrastructure and foundational capabilities and enhance equity. In addition, a modern public health system involves building support for increased collaboration across governmental and non-governmental public health, healthcare, social services and other sectors to leverage stronger collective impact for improving health, including the promotion of population-based prevention activities and community engagement.
- Highlight key health issues to help advance and improve the public’s health and the public health system. TFAH raises awareness by focusing its lens on priority issues that have a major impact on the country’s health, underscore the value and need for improving the underlying health system and advance a modern vision of public health to meet current needs. Three key issue areas include: obesity prevention, emergency preparedness/infectious disease prevention and the opioid epidemic. TFAH is also actively involved in additional emerging and timely issues through partnerships and as new opportunities develop.