The sequester, automatic budget cuts enacted by U.S. law March 1, will slash $85 billion from several facets of government until Oct. 1 — including critical public health programs.
By missing its March 1 deadline, Congress ran out of time to strike a budget deficit deal that would replace $85 billion in federal cuts split between defense and discretionary funding.
Rank and file members of Congress fired up a crowd of nearly 200 advocates all with a stake in the looming sequester cuts at a rally outside the Capitol building Wednesday.
Dangerous. Short-sighted. Devastating. These are just a few of the choice words public health advocates used to describe the spending bill approved by a House Appropriations subcommittee today.
Hard-hitting public health ad campaigns sparking awareness: New tactics gaining results, controversy
With annual advertising costs in the tens of billions, campaigns waged by the tobacco and fast food industries are contributing to the nation’s health problems. Now, tapping into Madison Avenue’s best strategies, public health programs are striking back with innovative ads of their own.
As public health technology continues to progress, communities have more resources to ensure unparalleled personal safety. Unfortunately, findings from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are proving the old adage — that society’s worst enemy might be itself.
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.
If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the health care law, retirees may pay about $20,000 for medical care; new study reports that one in every six cancers worldwide is caused by a treatable or preventable infection; video spurs advocacy of systematic reforms in the treatment of the mentally ill. All this and more, rounding up...
The Senate Agriculture Committee begins marking up its version of the Farm Bill today. The legislation, introduced last Friday by Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), includes measures to improve access to affordable, healthy food for low-income Americans and enhance federal nutrition education programs.
A new Institute of Medicine report calls for greater, more efficient public health funding. Find out what the report's recommendations mean for public health practice from APHA's Georges Benjamin in his recent post on the Health Affairs Blog.
Ohio has cut back on birth defect surveillance. Maryland has closed a care facility serving people with intellectual disabilities. Alabama has limited eligibility for state-supplied vaccines. These are just a few of the cuts made by state health agencies in the face of ongoing budget challenges, according to new analyses.
After years of tenuous public health funding that has forced critical programs and services to the backburner, a new report out today offers guidance on how key investments in public health ought to be directed to improve U.S. health outcomes – or at least bring them up to par with healthier nations.