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Fact Sheet: Decreases in Public Health Spending Associated with More Deaths from Preventable Causes

Analysis of how proposed public health funding reductions in Sedgwick County could lead to more preventable deaths over time

By Gianfranco Pezzino, M.D., M.P.H., Cheng-Chung Huang, M.P.H., Robert F. St. Peter, M.D. | August 09, 2015

Fact Sheet: Decreases in Public Health Spending Associated with More Deaths from Preventable Causes

Given recent attention on the proposed funding reductions for public health in Sedgwick County, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) utilized a national study to model the potential effects of the proposed reductions on deaths from certain preventable causes.

The analysis was based on a national study published in a highly respected, peer-reviewed journal in 2011 using information from more than 2,000 communities in the United States over a 13-year period to determine the relationship between funding levels for public health services and deaths from preventable causes. (Mays, G., and Smith, S., (2011). Evidence Links Increases In Public Health Spending To Declines In Preventable Deaths. Health Affairs, 30, no.8 (2011):1585-1593.)

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.