U.S. public health funding has been falling steadily and is expected to keep dropping, according to analysis in the American Journal of Public Health. Real, inflation-adjusted public health expenditures dropped from $281 per capita in 2008 to $255 per capita in 2014. By 2023, public health's share of total health expenditures is projected to fall to 2.40 percent (compared to 3.18 percent in 2002), the researchers estimate. "Obamacare was supposed to add $15 billion to public health funding," says co-author Dr. David Himmelstein, of City University of New York. But Congress cut that. "This year, public health will get less than half" of ACA's promised $2 billion. (Reuters; AJHP; Medical News Today)
Planning and Public Health: Partnerships in Boise
The Idaho Plan4Health leadership team includes representatives from the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Idaho Public Health Association, and the City of Boise. However, the coalition’s partnerships extend far and wide, connecting with Urban Land Institute’s Vista Corridor Study, the City of Boise’s Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative, Let’s Move Boise—and now students from Boise State University have the opportunity to conduct surveys with residents of the coalition’s target community: Boise’s Vista neighborhood.
To learn more about Idaho Plan4Health and Professor Siemon’s perspective on the impact of bringing together planners and public health professionals, check out the video below:
In case you haven’t seen it, the November 11, 2015 edition of the Boise Weekly had a great article on the rising death rate of middle-aged whites. The Boise Weekly article was in response to an NPR report on worsening life expectancies for this demographic. Russ Duke and Dr. Ted Epperly are featured.
Missed IPHA's NPHW Panel on the Idaho SHIP Grant? Watch this short clip to learn more!
IPHA Annual Meeting
January 13, 2016
Hampton Inn- Boise Spectrum
7499 West Overland Road, Boise
Tobacco Free Idaho Alliance Annual Meeting
January 13th, 2016
Hampton Inn & Suites – Boise Spectrum