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States' disease-prevention picture dim

March 12, 2009
by Peggy O'Farrell
Cincinnatti Enquirer

Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio rank at the bottom nationally on federal spending for disease prevention, a report released Tuesday showed.

Continuing budget cuts at the local, state and federal levels, coupled with higher demand for public services, could further hamper states' efforts to prevent heart disease, diabetes, infectious diseases and other ailments, warned Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, based in Washington, compiled the report.Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio rank at the bottom nationally on federal spending for disease prevention, a report released Tuesday showed.

"Even in better economic times, the country's investment in keeping the public healthy and safe is a tiny fraction of what we spend on treating people after they become sick," Levi said.

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