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Public health budget slashes undercut population health: study

May 9, 2014
by Steve Johnson
Modern Healthcare

Cuts to state and local public-health department budgets in recent years could significantly thwart efforts to improve the overall health of their populations, according to a new study.

The median funding amount for state public health was $27.49 per person for fiscal year 2013, according to a report released this week from the Trust for America's Health. That represents a $1.3 billion decline from fiscal year 2008, when the median amount spent was $33.71 per person.

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