Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America's Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2021   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Executive Summary: "Since the founding of 'Trust for America's Health' (TFAH) 20 years ago, TFAH has consistently called in this report series and in other places for federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal leaders to provide adequate funding for the nation's public health system, both to promote health in good times and to prevent catastrophes in bad times. The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic on top of other, less extraordinary health emergencies over the past year--including wildfires in the West, Hurricane Laura, and the winter storm in Texas that brought about widespread power outages--provide conclusive evidence of the importance of public health resources. Under-resourced, understaffed, and overburdened health agencies responded to a major pandemic with inadequate systems, and the country's longstanding failure to invest in disease prevention, address the root causes of poor health, and promote health equity made the nation less resilient. [...] This annual report examines federal, state, and local public health funding and recommends the investments and policy actions necessary to effectively address modern health security threats."

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