Public Health Funding Report Finds Indiana Behind

Apr 26, 2019

Indiana lags behind other states when it comes to public health funding, according to a new report.  The analysis examines what the state spends to prevent disease and injury.

Indiana increased public health spending last year, but still only invested $17.58 per person which puts the state in the 49th spot overall.

The data come from a new report from the Trust for America’s Health. It outlines funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the possible impact on states. The organization’s CEO John Auerabach says Indiana may be missing out on federal dollars. 

"The state may want to pay attention to the opportunities to apply for federal funding and maybe examine why some funding hasn’t come to the state in the past," says Auerabach. 

The report points to several CDC programs where Indiana receives no grant money. Federal funding from the CDC covers prevention efforts of infectious disease, immunizations, and emergency preparedness.

Auerabach says Indiana received more money for substance abuse.

"Indiana like most other states is grappling with opioids, but also with childhood obesity and significant chronic diseases," says Auerabach. 

The report also makes recommendations that include increasing federal spending from the CDC and expanding the focus on social factors related to health.