Health Reform

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Healthy Outlook: Public Health Resources for Systems Transformation

 — 2015

This series of fact sheets, issue briefs and other resources: (1) highlight policy issues outlined in the ACA and their implications for public health; and (2) identify opportunities and promote active engagement of public health in health systems transformation efforts.

Read Healthy Outlook (PDF) Also in the health systems transformation series: Integrating Public Health into State Innovation Models (PDF) and Taking Part in State Innovation Models (PDF)


The New Public Health — Rewiring for the Future

 — June 2012

Tight budgets, workforce shortages, increasing demands. With no shortage of challenges facing the public health community, this report recommends ways to seize opportunities to transform how public health programs and services are delivered, and provides lessons learned from APHA’s 2012 Midyear Meeting.

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The Prevention and Public Health Fund: A critical investment in our nation’s physical and fiscal health

 — June 2012

The Affordable Care Act created the Prevention and Public Health Fund as an investment in activities that can help communities improve health outcomes and help the U.S. decrease health care costs. Two years later, this issue brief: summarizes the need for prevention and public health funding; reviews the design of the Fund; and provides an update on how the Fund has been implemented and allocated to date. 

Transforming Health Systems

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The Affordable Care Act’s Public Health Workforce Provisions: Opportunities and Challenges

 — June 2011 

This issue brief summarizes the current challenges facing the public health workforce and the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that address those challenges. It also provides an update on the implementation of those provisions and highlights the provisions that could address important workforce challenges but remain unfunded.

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Prevention Provisions in the Affordable Care Act

  — October 2010 

This issue brief summarizes the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are most relevant for disease prevention and health promotion.

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98 Years of Almost: The Push for National Health Insurance

 — May 2010   

This issue brief provides a history of health care in the U.S. and a summary of past national health insurance attempts, culminating with the passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010.

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Shifting the Course of Our Nation’s Health: Prevention and Wellness as National Policy

 — April 2009 

This brief provides a discussion of how prevention and wellness must be the cornerstones of national public health and health care policy.

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Holes in the Net: Surveying the Impact of the Current Economic Recession on the Health Care Safety Net

 — April 2009 

This brief provides a discussion of how the economic recession that began in 2007 has negatively impacted access to health care and put an increased strain on public health infrastructure.

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