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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31823f2703
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Assessing the Level of Public Health Partner Spending Using the Funding Formula Analysis Tool

Bernet, Patrick M. PhD

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Abstract

Public health services are delivered through a variety of organizations. Traditional accounting of public health expenditures typically captures only spending by government agencies. New Hampshire collected information from public health partners, such as community centers that host smoking cessation classes or health education done by Girls, Inc. This study compares the new data to spending by government agencies, focusing on breakdowns by fund source and service categories. Expanded funds secured by these partners account for a 42% of all local public health spending, and they spent 4 times more than government agencies on promoting healthy behavior. The funding formula analysis tool revealed that these partners spent in ways that would be politically difficult to achieve. In an era of declining budgets, an understanding of public health's partners is increasingly vital.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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