A new report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation details federal investment in public health on a state-by-state basis and finds that funding for public health and disease prevention programs also vary dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood, community to community, city to city and state to state. There is little strategic rationale for the differences in funding. The federal funds are a mixture of population-based formula grant programs, incidence or prevalence based formulas, and a series of competitive grants – where some states receive funding and others do not. States and localities also place different priorities on public health, which also accounts for differences in funding.
The report shows that Utah receives less than the national average of per capita spending from both federal agencies examined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
See the full report at: http://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/Investing.pdf