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State funding dedicated to public health as well as federal funding directed to states by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration. (Collected by TFAH.)

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Public Health Funding: Vermont

Vermont Public Health Funding (2007-2013) see more
  • State funding dedicated to public health as well as federal funding directed to states by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration. (Collected by TFAH.)

Public Health Funding

United States Public Health Funding (2007-2013) see more
  • State funding dedicated to public health as well as federal funding directed to states by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration. (Collected by TFAH.)
Ranking Value State
0 457.72 District of Columbia
1 225.35 Hawaii
2 212.64 Alaska
3 139.97 West Virginia
4 135.43 Idaho
5 128.61 New York
6 124.13 Vermont
7 123.69 New Mexico
8 119.54 Wyoming
9 118.73 Alabama
10 114.46 Rhode Island
11 111.35 Massachusetts
12 107.62 California
13 100.31 Arkansas
14 100.26 Montana
15 99.62 Delaware
16 94.39 Washington
17 90.99 North Dakota
18 88.78 South Dakota
19 87.16 Louisiana
20 86.63 Maryland
21 85.69 Maine
22 84.96 Nebraska
23 84.94 Tennessee
24 84.71 Kentucky
25 83.98 Colorado
26 80.2 Oklahoma
27 69.73 Connecticut
28 69.47 Virginia
29 66.51 Illinois
30 66.28 Utah
31 65.65 South Carolina
32 64.6 Mississippi
33 62.73 New Jersey
34 60.42 Florida
35 60.16 Georgia
36 59.39 Oregon
37 57.79 Iowa
38 57.1 Texas
39 56.74 New Hampshire
40 54.63 Michigan
41 51.2 North Carolina
42 51.04 Pennsylvania
43 50.57 Kansas
44 50.12 Ohio
45 46.72 Missouri
46 46.57 Minnesota
47 45.4 Arizona
48 44.04 Indiana
49 42.14 Wisconsin
50 37.22 Nevada

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Public Health Funding is the dollars per person that are spent on public or population health through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources Services Administration, and the state. This does not include spending from other sources such as county or city governments, nor does it include state spending for health that is included under other departmental spending such as education and transportation. The 2013 ranks are based on 2011 and 2012 data from Trust for America’s Health.

High levels of spending on public health programs are indicative of states that are proactively implementing preventive and education programs aimed at improving health. Spending on public health programs represents only a small fraction of all health care spending (~ 2 percent), yet its impact can be tremendous.[1] Recent research has shown that an investment of $10 per person per year in proven community-based programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and prevent smoking or other tobacco use could save the country more than $16 billion annually within 5 years. This is a return of $5.60 for every $1 invested.[2] Public health funding for behavioral or environmental interventions can contribute more towards improving health outcomes than funding spent on medical care. Increased spending on public health programs is associated with a decrease in mortality from preventable causes of death.[3] In April 2013, The Trust for America’s Health released a report that took a state-by-state look at public health funding and important health facts.[4]

Public health funding ranges from more than $200 per person in Alaska and Hawaii to $37 per person in Nevada. The average funding in the United States is $92 per person, unchanged from last year’s edition.



[1] Levi J, Segal LM, Juliano C. Prevention for a Healthier America: Investments in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities. Washington, DC: Trust for America's Health; July 2008. http://healthyamericans.org/reports/prevention08/Prevention08.pdf. Accessed August 3, 2012.

[2] Trust for America’s Health. Prevention for a Healthier America: Investment in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities. 2011.

[3] Mays, GP. Evidence links increases in public health spending to declines in preventable deaths. Health Affairs. 30.8 (2011):1585.

[4] Trust for America’s Health. Investing in America’s health: A state-by-state look At public health funding and key health facts. April 2013. http://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/TFAH2013InvstgAmrcsHlth05%20FINAL.pdf. Accessed October 21, 2013.