What is it about?
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic placed an unprecedented burden on the U.S. governmental public health system. In the year immediately before the pandemic's onset, 39% of local health departments within this system were experiencing increasing or stagnant agency budgets while their relative budgets dedicated to addressing public health emergencies shrunk.
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Why is it important?
This article paints a picture of the local public health system's dedicated capacity to respond to public health threats. The presence of increasing agency budgets alongside decreasing program-specific budgets is alarming. This contradicts the growing need for local capacity to respond to public health emergencies in the face of climate change and emerging infectious diseases like Monkeypox.
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This page is a summary of: Prioritization of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Funding Among Local Health Departments Preceding the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings From NACCHO's 2019 National Profile of Local Health Departments, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, March 2021, Wolters Kluwer Health, DOI: 10.1097/phh.0000000000001338.
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