Health and Medical News and Resources

General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

Evidence Links Increases In Public Health Spending To Declines In Preventable Deaths

Full Text Online Article from the 11 July 2011 issue of Health Affairs – At the Intersection of Health, Healthcare, and Policy

[Abstract]Public health encompasses a broad array of programs designed to prevent the occurrence of disease and injury within communities. But policy makers have little evidence to draw on when determining the value of investments in these program activities, which currently account for less than 5 percent of US health spending. We examine whether changes in spending by local public health agencies over a thirteen-year period contributed to changes in rates of community mortality from preventable causes of death, including infant mortality and deaths due to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

We found that mortality rates fell between 1.1 percent and 6.9 percent for each 10 percent increase in local public health spending. These results suggest that increased public health investments can produce measurable improvements in health, especially in low-resource communities. [Flahiff’s emphasis].However, more money by itself is unlikely to generate significant and sustainable health gains; improvements in public health practices are needed as well.

Click here to read the rest of the article

July 22, 2011 - Posted by | Public Health | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] 23 juli 2011 Door – ascleses – vindt deze informatie belangrijk om met u te delen- Full Text Online Article from the 11 July 2011 issue of Health Affairs – At the Intersection of Health, Healthcare, and Policy [Abstract]Public health encompasses a broad array of programs designed to prevent the occurrence of disease and injury within communities. But policy makers have little evidence to draw on when determining the value of investments in these program activities, which currently account for less than 5 percent of US health sp … Read More […]

    Pingback by Evidence Links Increases In Public Health Spending To Declines In Preventable Deaths. « | July 22, 2011 | Reply


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: