When public health does its job, we don’t notice it.
We often take for granted the fact that our state and local health departments protect us in hundreds of ways – big and small – every single day.
Public health ensures the safety of our drinking water, food, and the air we breathe. Advancements in public health, such as vaccines and tobacco prevention, are credited with added 25 years to our life expectancy. Every day, thousands of public health employees go to work in order to keep us all healthy..
Public health monitors and responds to disease outbreaks, provides health warnings, and works to give all children a healthy start.
When disaster strikes, public health is there as a first responder—working alongside fire fighters and police:
Whether keeping us healthy in our daily lives or providing emergency response or disease tracking in a crisis, public health is critical to our communities. But these vital services are in jeopardy.
Public health relies on a patchwork of federal, state, and local funding sources. Recent loss of state and federal funding has jeopardized important public health services across our state:
A deadlocked Congress has put additional services at risk with sequestration and budget austerity measures that have resulted in devastating cuts to state and local public health programs.
America is at a tipping point. Our nation is at risk of losing successful programs that prevent illness and death, as well as emergency response services. Funding levels are too low to maintain current public health services, and the health of our growing population is at risk.
It’s time to protect health strategies and encourage innovative solutions to new health problems. For our elected officials the message is clear: Renew and prioritize public health funding.
The future of our nation’s health is depending on it.