The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put out a new set of online and television ads to encourage smokers to get help from their doctors to quit.
Part of the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund is intended to send a major lifeline to public health by bolstering its beleaguered workforce. The Washington Post recently reported on the impact the fund is having at the local level and why, amid ongoing budget cuts, this critical investment is desperately needed.
The two-year-old Prevention and Public Health Fund has provided a long-overdue boost in funding for prevention, wellness and public health programs that improve health and lower health care costs. Yet much of the amount originally intended for the fund has already been cut, says a new APHA report.
Largely seen as political grandstanding, the U.S. House of Representatives votes today on its budget proposal that would slash critical federal investments in public health and prevention.
Deborah Klein Walker is a vice president and senior fellow at Abt Associates, and former APHA president Walker attended the 13th World Congress on Public Health, held April 23-27 in Ethiopia. She reflects on the meeting and discusses leading challenges in global public health and what is needed to achieve health equity for all.