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Public Health Funding: Vermont

Vermont Public Health Funding (2007-2014) see more
  • State dollars dedicated to public health and federal dollars directed to states by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Public Health Funding

United States Public Health Funding (2007-2014) see more
  • State dollars dedicated to public health and federal dollars directed to states by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Ranking Value State
1 218.51 Alaska
2 212.86 Hawaii
3 149.24 New York
4 136.53 Idaho
5 134.72 West Virginia
6 116.5 Alabama
7 116.18 New Mexico
8 112.37 Rhode Island
9 108.74 North Dakota
10 106.06 Massachusetts
11 105.09 Delaware
12 104.4 California
13 103.6 Vermont
14 101.53 Wyoming
15 98.62 Arkansas
16 98.33 Montana
17 86.65 South Dakota
18 86.33 Washington
19 85.22 Colorado
20 83.11 Tennessee
21 82.87 Kentucky
22 82.69 Maine
23 80.72 Nebraska
24 78.83 Oklahoma
25 76.81 Maryland
26 71.06 Connecticut
27 69.01 Louisiana
28 68.04 Virginia
29 67.71 South Carolina
30 67.18 Utah
31 64.51 Mississippi
32 64.34 Illinois
33 61.28 New Jersey
34 60 Georgia
35 57.98 Florida
36 57.65 Oregon
37 57.26 New Hampshire
38 55.69 Iowa
39 55.21 Texas
40 52.7 Michigan
41 51.05 Pennsylvania
42 49.96 Kansas
43 49.85 North Carolina
44 47.55 Minnesota
45 44.74 Missouri
46 44.71 Ohio
47 44.34 Indiana
48 43.55 Arizona
49 43.45 Wisconsin
50 38.54 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 PreventionHealth 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 2014 ranks are based on 2012 and 2013 data from Trust for America’s Health.

Public health funding ranges from more than $200 per person in Alaska and Hawaii to $39 per person in Nevada. The average funding in the United States is $90.00 per person, down slightly from $92.32 in the 2013 Edition.

 

Public health funding allows states to 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%), yet its impact can be substantial.[1],[2] Increased spending on public health programs is associated with a decrease in mortality from preventable causes of death.[3] 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. [4] This is a return of $5.60 for every $1 invested. Public health funding for behavioral or environmental interventions can contribute more towards improving health outcomes than funding spent on medical care. 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.[5]



[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] Richardson AK. Investing in public health: Barriers and possible solutions. J Public Health (Oxf). 2012;34(3):322-327.

[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. Prevention for a Healthier America: Investment in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities. 2011.

[5] 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.