Public Health Funding
Protecting the health and safety of Americans should be the top responsibility of our nation's leaders. But experts say the country currently does not devote the resources needed to adequately help prevent disease and protect the health of Americans. Consequently, serious gaps exist in the nation's ability to safeguard health, putting our families, communities, states, and nation at risk.
TFAH tracks annual federal and state spending on public health in its Investing in America's Health report, and provides recommendations for increasing accountability so we can be sure taxpayer dollars are being used effectively to improve our nation's health.
Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases
April 19, 2015
Lab Notes: Aspirin, vaping teens, public health funding
April 18, 2015
Bill to combat overdoses passes House
April 17, 2015
Report: State lags in public health spending
Policy and Advocacy
For TFAH Fiscal Year 2016 funding priorities, please click here. TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here.
Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:
Half of Americans Could Be Obese By 2030… Or We Could Invest In The Prevention Fund Half of Americans could be obese By 2030...or we could invest in the Prevention Fund. An analysis conducted by the National Heart Forum, based on a peer-reviewed model published last year in The Lancet, estimates that that 50 percent of Americans are on track to be obese in the next 20 years.1 Obesity could even top 60 percent in 13 states. Right now, 36 percent of Americans are obese.
Local Health Departments’ Policy/Advocacy Activities on Obesity or Chronic Disease The purpose of the 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments (Profile) study was to develop a comprehensive and accurate description of LHD infrastructure and practice. Data from the Profile study are used by many people and organizations. For example, LHD staff members use the data to compare their LHD or those within their states to others nationwide; data are used to inform public health policy at the local, state, and federal levels and can support projects to improve local public health practice; and data are used in universities to educate future public health workforce members about LHDs and by researchers to address questions about public health practice.
The National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters, A Major Gap in More than Half of the States' Disaster Preparedness Regulations for Child Care Facilities Puts Many Vulnerable Children at Risk, Save the Children Reports. Called "The National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters," the report assesses all 50 states and the District of Columbia on four basic disaster preparedness and safety standards for children in child care and at school. Three of the standards focus on child care facilities and the fourth is for schools.
The Prevention and Public Health Fund: For A Healthier America Prevention saves lives, reduces health care costs, and makes the country a healthier, more productive place. More than half of Americans live with at least one serious preventable health condition, like diabetes or heart disease, which forces taxpayers to spend billions of dollars a year on health care. And, today’s children are in danger of becoming the first generation in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. The Prevention and Public Health Fund enables communities around the country to invest in proven strategies to improve health. That’s why the Fund has the support of more than 760 national, state and local organizations.
The Prevention Fund: A Matter of Life and Death ad version 1 Shouldn’t America try to prevent diseases, instead of just treating people after they’re already sick, and it’s often too late? Just three of the reasons why the Prevention Fund is deadly serious.