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Trust for America's Health Applauds Public Health Funding in Senate Stimulus Bill as Down Payment for Containing Health Care Costs
Date:1/27/2009

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Trust for America's Health (TFAH) applauds the Senate Appropriations Committee for including $16 billion in funding to improve the health of Americans while stimulating the economy in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"This funding is desperately needed to revitalize and modernize the country's ailing public health system, and we'll be putting more Americans to work in programs that will directly improve the health of communities where they live," said Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of TFAH. "These investments will have wide and far reaching impact. In addition to the immediate stimulus of creating jobs, we'll be improving the productivity of our workforce and containing the skyrocketing cost of health care."

"Getting health care costs under control is critical for getting the country's economy back on track. Fundamental health care reform, particularly reform that focuses on ways to keep Americans healthier, must be part of solving our current financial crisis. The funding for public health and disease prevention in the stimulus bill is a down payment toward reducing health care costs over the long term," Levi continued.

Some disease prevention and public health preparedness highlights in the stimulus bill include:

  • $5.8 billion for prevention and wellness to fight preventable diseases and conditions. This includes more than $600 million to bolster the health workforce, $400 million for community prevention (healthy communities) programs, $750 million for immunization programs, $400 million for sexually transmitted disease prevention programs (including HIV/AIDS), $75 million for smoking and other tobacco use prevention programs, $60 million for prevention science research, $40 million for IT improvements at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and $15 million for newborn screening;
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