For the Public's Health: Investing in a Healthier Future

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to examine three topics in relation to public health: measurement, the law, and funding. IOM prepared a three report series--one report on each topic--that contains actionable recommendations for public health agencies and other stakeholders with roles in the health of the U.S. population.

For the Public's Health: Investing in a Healthier Future, the final book inthe series, assesses the financial challenges facing the governmental public health infrastructure. The book provides recommendations about what is needed for stable and sustainable funding, and for its optimal use by public health agencies.

Building on the other two volumes in the series, this book makes the argument that adequate and sustainable funding for public health is necessary to enable public health departments across the country to inform and mobilize action on the determinants of health, to play other key roles in protecting and promoting health, and to prepare for a range of potential threats to population health.

The final book in the For the Public's Health series will be useful to federal, state, and local governments; public health agencies; clinical care organizations; and community-based organizations.


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Whatever strategies, polcies and programs designed by donors and/or humaitarian actors, the overall objective is to meet humanitarian needs in a way that save more lives as well as ensuring accountablaity to disaster afected communities. Having context oriented or evidence based resource allocation is the key driver for quality public heralth outcomes. This can practically happen through on going performance measurement, revision of law as needed and availability of on demand fund.  


1 Introduction and Context
2 Reforming Public Health and Its Financing
3 Informing Investment in Health
4 Funding Sources and Structures to Build Public Health
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Opportunities for Public Health Agencies and Population HealthSara Rosenbaum
Financing MissionCritical Investments in Public Health Capacity DevelopmentEileen Salinsky
Financing State and Local Public Health Departments A Problem of Chronic IllnessSamuel Y Sessions
Funding Diagram for Public Health
For the Publics Health The Role of Measurement in Action and Accountability Report Summary
For the Publics Health Revitalizing Law and Policy to Meet New Challenges Report Summary
Meetings Agendas
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