Public health at center stage: New roles, old props

Leslie M. Beitsch, Robert G. Brooks, Nir Menachemi, Patrick M. Libbey

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The public health system represents a wide variety of actors playing key roles in the ongoing script to improve the quality and quantity of life for the U.S. population. The specific parts that public health is being asked to play and the resources available to support its infrastructure for prevention and response to infectious diseases, chronic medical conditions, and disasters are discussed here in light of new national survey data from state and local jurisdictions. Although the public health system has both traditional and newly defined roles to play, resources, as measured by per capita spending and workforce availability, have not kept pace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)911-922
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 14 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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