S4A investigators based at the Bloomberg School of Public Health publish spending trends in eight categories of public health activity from 2008 through 2018, and find state governmental public health spending saw no statistically significant growth between these years (except in injury prevention). Furthermore, they find state spending levels on public health were not restored after cuts experienced during the Great Recession, which left states inadequately prepared to respond to the pandemic as well as other emerging health needs.
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doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2020.01084 HEALTH AFFAIRS 40, NO. 4 (2021)