This policy brief discusses policies that encourage schools to be built close to the community they serve in order to improve access to active routes for students, such as walking and biking to school.
This policy brief aims to provide an understanding of the potential impacts on the individual health insurance marketplace if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, defunded, or amended at the federal level.
Connect To These Resources:ACA & Private Individual Insurance Market Brief.pdf
Issue brief of the four-year budget outlook requirement.
Connect To These Resources:Four Year Budget Issue Brief.pdf
Issue brief outlining levy reform.
Connect To These Resources:Levy Reform Issue Brief.pdf
An issue brief outlining the McCleary Decision and amply funding basic education.
Connect To These Resources:McCleary Decision Issue Brief.pdf
Encouraging healthy eating through the supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Connect To These Resources:SNAP Brief.pdf
Exploring innovative approaches to sustainable prevention funding.
Connect To These Resources:Prevention Funding Research Brief.pdf
Community connections across systems of care for at-risk populations.
Connect To These Resources:Community Connections Issue Brief.pdf
Understand the benefits of Federal Basic Health Plan adoption in Washington State.
Connect To These Resources:Federal Basic Health Plan Option Brief.pdf
The Prevention and Public Health Fund is a critical source of funding that has been threatened during this year's congressional budget negotiations.
Referred to as "the Fund," it was created as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 but contains non-controversial programs that have been funded by CDC for decades and include vital activities such as the 317 Immunization Grant Program, the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, and programs to prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Creation of the Fund represents the first time in our nation's history that a dedicated source of prevention funding was established to improve the public's health. By law, the Fund must be used "to provide for expanded and sustained national investment in prevention and public health programs to improve health and help restrain the rate of growth in private and public health care costs."
Since 2010, Washington State has received over $78 million from the Fund to improve the health of our residents. The Fund supports services and programs that allow health to be improved in communities, schools, workplaces and homes by supporting healthier lifestyles and eliminating obstacles to healthy life choices. This funding has enabled public health agencies to forge cross sector partnerships that exponentially expand the reach and effectiveness of prevention efforts, touching the lives of millions of Washingtonians every day.
For more on what the Prevention and Public Health Fund supports in Washington State, click on for the full Health Policy News You Can Use.