Federal funding for public health programs can vary widely across states, according to a report released April 2 by Trust for America’s Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distributes the funds for programs ranging from disease and infection prevention to bioterrorism preparedness.
Alaska receives more than any other state from the CDC at $69.76 per person, while Kansas receives the least at $13.61 per person. Midwestern states receive an average $16.24 per person, while Southern states receive $29.40.
“If we’re serious about improving the health of Americans, we need to make a much bigger investment in disease prevention efforts in every state and every region,” said Jeff Levi, executive director for TFAH.