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.
Sarah Millender, Auburn Bell, and Jill Rosenthal have published a new op-ed in The Hill urging the Biden administration to strengthen standards on soot pollution.
Nonprofit hospitals have an obligation to provide community benefit; as part of this, they should do more to support the housing needs of the communities they serve.
To address hospital consolidation, improve competition, and protect consumers from higher health care costs, state legislatures should act to strengthen and support state attorneys general antitrust enforcement authority.
In an op-ed, New Hampshire state Rep. Wendy E.N. Thomas (D) describes how contaminated drinking water contributed to deteriorating public health in her community. Thomas explains how federal grants from the Biden administration’s infrastructure policies are delivering long-awaited relief to affected communities.
Using new data from the U.S. Census Bureau to examine the impacts of long COVID on the labor market, this report recommends that employers, unions, and policymakers create better workplaces for disabled workers and all workers.
This collection features stories from Americans across the country whose lives and communities have benefited from the legislative and executive actions passed under the Biden administration.
This documentary film sheds light on the impacts of hospital consolidation and the conduct of non-profit hospitals.
The lack of funding for COVID-19 response has left the country unprepared for a possible surge of the coronavirus this winter and beyond.
The Biden administration must institute stronger soot pollution standards to reverse inaction by Trump, strengthen public health, and protect environmental justice communities.
The opioid epidemic is a public health issue that cannot be credibly linked to immigration or asylum-seekers.
Health care cost commissions can help states address rising health care costs while also advancing other health policy priorities.
Policymakers should ensure that all nonprofit hospitals fulfill their charitable mission and their obligation to address community needs.