Efforts to collect and analyze public health financial data are limited, and there are no routine national reports on health agency funding or financial performance. Systematic research and analysis has been hampered by barriers to financial transparency and the inability to access timely information. Better understanding of options for optimal financing of state and local public health will provide much-needed guidance for policy-makers and public health practitioners. This collaborative project will assess the extent to which property taxes are used to fund public health services, and will also create a database of state public health funding formulas and pair this information with demographic, health status and other financial and economic variables. Simulation models will determine the impact of alternative funding formula options. The project will focus on the Delta states: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee, which are characterized by a high prevalence of multiple chronic diseases, high rates of poverty and other socioeconomic disparities compared to other regions of the country. The organizational capacity of the state offices of minority health charged with ensuring the health and safety of minority populations and reducing disparities will also be examined. This project supports the Foundation's Public Health objectives by providing an evidence base to increase public health system impact through more optimal funding and financing strategies.
Amount Awarded $671,352.00
Awarded on: 1/19/2007
Time frame: 2/1/2007 - 6/30/2007
Grant Number: 58885