A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: State-by-State Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts, 2017

A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: State-by-State Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts, 2017

The U.S. public health system has been underfunded for decades, leaving Americans vulnerable to preventable health problems as well as disease outbreaks and bioterrorism threats, a report from Trust for America's Health finds. According to the report, A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: State-by-State Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts, 2017 (24 pages, PDF), only 3 percent of the $3.36 trillion in annual federal, state, and local healthcare spending is directed to public health, despite the fact that investing in public health is one of the most effective ways to prevent epidemics of infectious diseases as well as diabetes, obesity, and prescription drug misuse, and lower healthcare costs. As a result of underfunding, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health departments do not have the latest advancements in technology, approaches, and systems. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report calls for, in addition to increasing funding for public health, modernizing the public health system to address gaps in critical infrastructure and support innovation; creating a standing Public Health Emergency Fund; and expanding the use of evidence-based, high-impact strategies to improve health in every community.