For Immediate Release
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Release of FY 2011 Prevention and Public Health Fund Provides Significant Boost to Infrastructure, Programs

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA

Washington, D.C., February 9, 2011 – The American Public Health Association (APHA) applauds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for moving prevention and wellness forward by dedicating $750 million dollars for FY 2011 to support state and local health departments and community-based prevention programs. Today’s release is the second allocation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a vitally important component of the historic Affordable Care Act, our nation’s new health care law.

Reliable, long-term investments in disease prevention and health promotion have tremendous pay-offs for the health and well-being of all Americans.

The fund provides a historic opportunity to reinvigorate our ongoing efforts to fundamentally transform the once sick-care system to one focused on keeping people healthy in the first place.

We are particularly pleased to see a key investment in building capacity of state and local public health departments, which have been chronically underfunded. A total of $137 million dollars has been dedicated to modernize local public health departments and expand workforce training.

The Prevention and Public Health Fund is a life-saving intervention that will have a direct impact on the way American’s care for their health and the health of their community. We commend HHS for its support.  

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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at www.apha.org.