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 2016 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 19, 2015
Nearly Half of States Score 5 or Lower out of 10 on Substance Misuse Prevention Report Card Youth Drug Overdose Death Rates more than Doubled in 35 States in Just Over a Decade

November 3, 2015
New TFAH Report Focuses on Priority Policies for Reducing Toxic Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences

October 28, 2015
TFAH Commends President Obama and Congressional Leadership for Securing the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

October 1, 2015
TFAH Supports the EPA and Obama Administration in Beginning to Address the Serious Health Consequences of Ground-level Ozone

September 21, 2015
New Report Finds 23 of 25 States with Highest Rates of Obesity are in the South and Midwest Obesity rates at or above 30 percent in 42 states for Blacks, 30 states for Latinos, 13 states for Whites

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Selected items from TFAH's Resource Library:

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health Inequities Among Gay Men & Men Who Have Sex With Men With support from the M·A·C AIDS Fund, TFAH undertook a literature review and convened a one-day consultation to consider strategies to mitigate the social determinants of health inequities among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).† Invited participants included research scientists, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)‡ health service providers, public policy advocates, and federal officials.*

State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America The State of Obesity is the 12th annual report produced by TFAH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with support by a grant from RWJF. This edition includes annual rates and rankings of adult obesity and obesity rate trends by ethnicity, region, age, gender, education and income.

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.

American Public Health Association The American Public Health Association builds a collective voice for public health, working to ensure access to health care, protect funding for core public health services and eliminate health disparities, among many other issues.

Coalition for Health Funding The Coalition for Health Funding is a nonprofit alliance of 50 national health organizations that works in a nonpartisan fashion to ensure that health spending remains visible as Congress and the Administration set federal budget priorities.

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