Ways to Think About MoneyGebbie, Kristine M. DrPH, RNJournal of Public Health Management and Practice: September-October 2004 - Volume 10 - Issue 5 - p 428–430 Commentary Buy Abstract In Brief Author InformationAuthors Healthy People 2010, the nation's objectives for achieving a higher level of health, includes Goal 23–16: Increase the proportion of federal, tribal, state, and local public health agencies that gather accurate data on public health expenditures, categorized by essential public health service. Taking time to understand the complexities of accounting for public health expenditures, as well as the reasons for doing so, is an essential precursor to taking the needed steps to include economic information in public health policy making and public health systems research. This commentary describes an essential precursor to taking the needed steps to include economic information in public health policy making and in systems research: taking the time to understand the complexities of accounting for public health expenditures as well as the reasons for doing so. G.S. Gill Association Professor and Director, Center Health Policy, Columbia University School of Nursing, New York City, New York (Gebbie). Correspondence to: Kristine M. Gebbie, DrPH, RN, Columbia University School of Nursing, 630 West 168th Street, MB 6, New York, NY 10034 (e-mail: Kmg24@columbia.edu). © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.