Trust for America's Health Initiatives

Public Health Funding

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.

Policy and Advocacy

For TFAH Fiscal Year 2015 funding priorities, please click here. TFAH position statements and letters, congressional hearings, briefings and testimony, and additional policy and advocacy materials, click here.

Press Releases

November 26, 2014
TFAH Applauds the EPA and Obama Administration for Moving Forward in Addressing the Serious Health Consequences of Ground-level Ozone

November 25, 2014
Trust for America’s Health Statement on New FDA Nutritional Labeling Rules: Great for the Future Health and Wealth of the Country

November 12, 2014
TFAH’s Statement on the Administration’s Request for $6 Billion to Fight Ebola and the Senate Committee on Appropriations Hearing on Ebola

November 12, 2014
More Than 100 National Organizations Demonstrate Strong Support for Dr. Vivek Murthy as the next Surgeon General

September 25, 2014
$211 Million in Community Prevention Grants go to 193 Organizations in Every State
TFAH Applauds CDC for the Announcement

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Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:

Community Transformation Grants (CTGs): Promoting Proven Strategies to Fight Chronic Diseases
Community Transformation Grants, one major initiative funded under the Prevention and Public Health Fund, are targeted at addressing the leading causes of chronic diseases to improve the health of Americans and reduce health care costs over the long term. The investments being made are critical to make sure people can take personal responsibility for their health care, outside of the doctor’s office, and allow individual communities to address their greatest health needs. CTGs will benefit more than one in three Americans, approximately 145 million people.

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.

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