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The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America’s Public Health System

Thursday, April 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Alonso
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The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America’s Public Health System

Funding for public health preparedness and response programs lost ground in FY 2020 and over the past decade

 

Chronic underfunding of the nation’s public health and emergency preparedness systems has made the nation vulnerable to health security risks, including the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a new report released today by Trust for America’s Health. While federal action to enact three supplemental funding packages to support the COVID-19 pandemic response was critical, these packages are short-term adjustments that do not strengthen the core, long-term capacity of the public health system. Sustained annual funding increases are needed to ensure that our health security systems and public health infrastructure are up to the task of protecting all communities.

 

The annual report, The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America’s Public Health System: Trends, Risks and Recommendations, 2020, examines federal, state, and local public health funding trends and recommends investments and policies to build a stronger system, prioritize prevention, and effectively address twenty-first-century health risks.

 

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