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Wisconsin 45th in Public Health Spending

Tuesday, April 28, 2015  
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Wisconsin 45th in public health spending 
April 27, Wisconsin Health News

A new report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks Wisconsin 45th nationwide in per capita state spending on public health. 

 The report, released April and conducted by the Trust for America's Health, acknowledged comparison between state public health budgets is difficult. But it said that the state invested $75 million in public health in fiscal years 2013-2014, roughly $13.03 per capita. The national median was $31.04. 

Wisconsin ranked 49th in per capita funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration and 45th in per capita funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nationwide, the report noted. All three rankings included all 50 states and Washington D.C. 

The report called for an increase in public health funding and noted the need for stable, dedicated funding to ensure adequate support for emergencies.

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