In the News: State lags in public health spending

According to a report recently released by Trust for America’s Health, Georgia rates 37th amongst states in per capita spending on public health. The study found that the $18.48 that Georgia spent per capita in public health is less then half the spending in other Southeastern states, such as Alabama, Arkansas, and Tenessee.

Dr. Marsha Davis, associate dean for outreach and professor of health promotion and behavior, commented on this recent report for Georgia Health News.

There is a direct relationship between what we spend and the outcomes we achieve,’’ said Davis. “In the long run, the costs of poor health outcomes far outweigh the costs of prevention.

Read the entire article in the Georgia Health News. Additional coverage at The Athens Banner Herald.

Posted April 17, 2015.