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.
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