About Public Health

Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, promoting physical and behavioral wellness, supporting personal responsibility, and prolonging life in communities where people live, work, and learn. Much of what public health does is such a part of daily living that it is often invisible, and almost always taken for granted.


The federal investment in public health ensures that:

  • The food Americans eat, the water we drink, and the drugs we take are safe.
  • The air we breathe is free from lead, asbestos, and other harmful toxins.
  • Children are protected from measles, mumps, polio and other infectious diseases that used to claim many young lives.
  • Americans will be protected in the event of infectious, occupational, environmental, and bio-terrorist threats.

For more information, check out our NEW one-pager on public health!




Who We Are

Established in 1970, the Coalition for Health Funding is the oldest and largest nonprofit alliance working to preserve and strengthen public health investments in the best interest of all Americans. Our member organizations together represent more than 100 million patients, health care providers, public health professionals, and scientists.


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News & Events

Oct 07th, 2014

The Coalition for Health Funding would like to welcome Access Our Medicine and the American Thoracic Society as our newest members!

Jul 31st, 2014

APHA's Donald Hoppert elected CHF President!

Jul 31st, 2014

Welcome to our newest members, American Physical Therapy Association, Campaign for Public Health Foundation, & National Health Indian Board!

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