A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: State-by-State and Federal Public Health Funding Facts and Recommendations

A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: State-by-State and Federal Public Health Funding Facts and Recommendations

As it has for a decade, federal funding for public health remained flat in fiscal year 2017, a report from the finds. According to (28 pages, PDF), core funding for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement Program, the only federal program that helps state and local health departments prepare for and respond to emergencies, has been cut by more than one-third since the program was established, from $940 million in FY2002 to $667 million in FY2017. Funded by the , the report also found that thirty-one states cut funding for public health in FY2016, to a level below that of FY2008, and that local health departments have lost nearly fifty-six thousand staff as a result of layoffs or attrition, while 25 percent saw their funding decline. In addition to calling for increased funding at the federal, state, and local levels, the report recommends establishing a standing Public Health Emergency Response Fund; expanding the use of evidence-based high-impact strategies designed to improve health in every community; and developing a national resilience strategy to reduce "deaths of despair" from alcohol, drugs, and suicide.