Public Health Infrastructure

Position Statement

The CHNA9 believes that robust public systems require sufficient and sustainable funding for staff, training, space, activities, and growth. Public health infrastructure, especially in rural regions, has long been underfunded and understaffed, leaving residents vulnerable in public health emergencies but also experiencing health disparities in their everyday lives. We strongly support policies that increase and permanently maintain funding and other support for local and regional public health offices, coalitions, and other systems.

Current Legislation

Statewide Accelerated Public Health for Everyone Act

The Statewide Accelerated Public Health for Everyone Act (SAPHE 2.0) was filed by Representative Hannah Kane, Representative Denise Garlick, and Senator Jo Comerford. SAPHE 2.0 will establish minimum public health standards for every community, credential public health workers, create uniform data collection and reporting systems, and build a state funding mechanism for local and regional boards of health.