Doing More with Much Less

On top of everyday responsibilities like maintaining clean water, state and local health departments face a massive burden in responding to COVID-19.
 
Andy they're doing it with fewer resources, not more. An AP/Kaiser Health News investigation found: 

  • Public health staffers are being laid off amid the pandemic.
  • Some public health workers qualify for government assistance—that’s how little they earn.  
  • Spending for state public health departments has dropped by 16% per capita since 2010; 18% for local health departments.
  • Some 38,000 state and local public health jobs have disappeared since the 2008 recession.
  • The majority of Americans live in states that spend sub-$100 per capita per year on public health.


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