What is the Prevention and Public Health Fund?

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PURSUING A HEALTHIER AMERICA

The Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) is the nation’s first and only funding stream dedicated solely to improving the nation’s health through prevention and wellness, by investing in public health. It is the key public health component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which recognized the importance of non-clinical prevention coupled with appropriate access to care is the way to ensuring a healthier population. While the fund was meant to provide dollars for novel, important programming in communities across the nation, over the years, it has been used to shore up cuts to a number of core public health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – for priorities like lead poisoning prevention and immunizations.

For a quick overview, see Q&A with National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Chief of Government Affairs, Laura Hanen, on the three things everyone should know about the ACA and local health departments.