In its 2001 report, Public Health's Infrastructure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that "the U.S. public health infrastructure, which protects the nation against the spread of disease and environmental and occupational hazards, is still structurally weak in nearly every area." Since September 11, public health's critical role in protecting the health of our communities has become much more widely recognized. To address gaps in the public health infrastructure, the federal government has made substantial investments in improving public health. The immediate challenge is to ensure that the infusion of federal funding is spent appropriately on public health preparedness and prevention activities. Additionally, as states receive funds to combat bioterrorism, there is concern that health departments may withdraw support for vital non-terrorism health activities, such as chronic disease prevention, in order to fill state budget gaps. The long-term challenge is to ensure a continuing commitment to investments in public health infrastructure. This grant provides support for conducting research and developing reports that will provide the basis for an educational campaign to build critical support for strengthening the public health system. This project will be considered successful if it results in: (1) research on the degree to which states are using federal grants to strengthen public health infrastructure; (2) three educational reports; and (3) outreach to key constituencies. Subsequent to these efforts, a comprehensive communications campaign will be developed to highlight the need for continued investments in public health.
Amount Awarded $500,000.00
Awarded on: 12/13/2002
Time frame: 12/15/2002 - 11/30/2003
Grant Number: 44873