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New report: Florida gets shortchanged on prevention dollars

Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are out with a new study today that finds Florida ranked 38th out of 50 states in the amount of federal funding received from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support state disease and injury prevention programs.

According to the report -- Shortchanging America’s Health: A State-By-State Look at Public Health
Funding in the United States -- Florida received $17.27 per person - a total of $320,229,770 - which is below average for the Southern region. 

The report found that overall federal spending for public health has been virtually flat for nearly five years – at approximately $19.23 per person - and has not been increased to keep pace with inflation. States in the Midwest received the least amount of federal funding for public health at $16.50 per person. That's $3.30 less per person than the Northeastern states, which received the highest amount, at $19.80 per person.

The full report is available here.