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Assessing the Level of Public Health Partner Spending Using the Funding Formula Analysis Tool

Bernet, Patrick M. PhD

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: July/August 2012 - Volume 18 - Issue 4 - p 339–345
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31823f2703
Original Articles

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.

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.

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida.

Correspondence: Patrick Bernet, PhD, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (PMBernet@Hinfo.org).

This research was partly funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The authors thank the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services for their assistance with study design and data collection.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.