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Public health helps prevent disease and improve the health of communities—primarily through efforts outside of traditional medical care, such as tracking and predicting emerging and persistent threats, responding to health risks and events, and promoting health through education and policymaking. Public health organizations promote cleaner air and water, better sanitation, food safety, safer environments with less violence and injury, disease prevention, and access to vaccines, among other priorities.
The Center for American Progress advocates and supports efforts to strengthen the public health system’s basic infrastructure to accomplish these essential functions.
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This fact sheet summarizes a recent Center for American Progress report outlining the need for a whole-of-government, society-wide approach to addressing the complex challenges posed by the opioid overdose epidemic.
Sep 21, 2023
Trinh Q. Truong, Debu Gandhi, Jill Rosenthal, 5 More
Marquisha Johns, Mariam Rashid, Dan Restrepo, Akua Amaning, Cleo Bluthenthal
The opioid epidemic is a complex public health crisis that can be ameliorated by addressing root causes of drug use; expanding access to treatment and harm reduction strategies; and reducing the supply of illicit opioids entering the United States.
Sep 20, 2023
Oil and gas companies have been cheating the leasing and drilling system for years, but the Biden administration has the tools to hold them accountable.
Sep 19, 2023
Mariel Lutz, Jenny Rowland-Shea
In the face of demands for better jobs and stronger health protections, some automakers claim they can’t improve job quality and lower vehicle emissions—but they have the resources to support middle-class-led economic growth and clean up their vehicle fleets.
Sep 12, 2023
Leo Banks, Karla Walter, Anona Neal
In their op-ed published by The 74, Jill Rosenthal and Michelle Fiscus explain why routine immunizations are necessary to keep kids and communities safe and what role schools can play in immunization efforts.
Sep 9, 2023
Jill Rosenthal, Michelle Fiscus
Marquisha Johns writes in The Hill why reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Response Act is essential to avoid drug supply chain issues and shortages.
Aug 27, 2023
Survivors and family members of gun violence victims share their deeply personal experiences to guide others on how to create space, listen, and support survivors of gun violence.
Jul 20, 2023
Nick Wilson, Tymoni Correa-Buntley, Andrew Sonntag, 3 More
Ala Al Sadi, Hai-Lam Phan, Toni Pandolfo
Policymakers can address the decline in routine childhood vaccination rates in the United States by improving access and boosting confidence in childhood vaccines, and by making vaccination the easiest and most sensible choice.
Jul 6, 2023
The preschool years present a critical developmental period sensitive to changes in public health and social policy, for which robust investments in programs that support families can improve intergenerational outcomes.
Jun 29, 2023
Allie Schneider, Hailey Gibbs
Daily climate and health care utilization data from Virginia illuminate the health care costs of extreme heat, which amount to approximately $1 billion every summer when extrapolated nationally.
Jun 27, 2023
Steven Woolf, Joseph Morina, Evan French, 6 More
Adam Funk, Roy Sabo, Stephen Fong, Jeremy Hoffman, Derek Chapman, Alex Krist
The Biden administration is proposing bold action to regulate dangerous chemicals in drinking water—and is coupling these regulations with critical funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to help local water systems come into compliance.
Jun 23, 2023
Sarah Millender, Jill Rosenthal
The Center for American Progress submitted a comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency on the agency’s proposed rule to regulate forever chemicals in drinking water.
Jun 2, 2023
Jill Rosenthal, Sarah Millender
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