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APHA Applauds Administration for Critical Investment in Public Health

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., June 18, 2010 –“The American Public Health Association today commends the Obama administration for dedicating $250 million this fiscal year toward improving community-based prevention and wellness and strengthening the public health infrastructure.

“This allocation of funds from the Prevention and Public Health fund established by the newly enacted health reform law takes a critical step towards transforming our current ‘sick care’ system to one focused on disease prevention, health promotion and wellness and is consistent with the original intent of these funds.

“APHA has long advocated for a robust public health infrastructure, and we’re pleased to see this long overdue investment. A strong public health system protects the health of communities from threats such as the recent outbreaks related to contaminated food and pandemic flu but also supports preventive health services and wellness initiatives that improve health outcomes and quality of life.

“This investment is consistent with the administration and Congress’ commitment to improving public health and investing in prevention, and we look forward to increasing this critical investment over time.”

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