Public Health Funding

Investment Now. Stronger Tomorrow.


Our nation’s health is inextricably linked to our mission readiness on the battlefield, our productivity on the job, our educational attainment in the classroom, and our competitiveness around the world. Federal agencies and programs, in partnership with the nonprofit and private sectors, have a unique role in enhancing Americans’ health and well-being. Yet public health funding is very small part of the federal government’s budget—representing only 1.5 percent of all spending.


Evidence shows that healthy people:

  • Defend Better. Department of Defense data indicate that being overweight or obese is the leading medical reason why applicants fail to qualify for military service. More than 100 of America’s retired generals, admirals, and military leaders agree. “The basic fact is that too many young American men and women are too fat to fight” and it compromises our national security.
  • Produce Better. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce investments in health improve businesses’ bottom lines by lowering health care costs, reducing absenteeism, and improving productivity.
  • Learn Better. Evidence shows that good health enhances a child’s cognitive function and development, resulting in higher academic achievement.
  • Compete Better. Healthy Americans fuel innovation and scientific discovery, enhancing America’s global competitiveness.

Unless America invests in proactive efforts to keep people healthy, we risk falling further behind other countries and losing our competitive edge.


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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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