Trust for America’s Health (TFAH)
Trust for America's Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. From anthrax to asthma, from chemical terrorism to cancer, America is facing a crisis of epidemics. By focusing on PREVENTION, PROTECTION, and COMMUNITIES, TFAH is leading the fight to push disease prevention higher on the national agenda, from Capitol Hill to Main Street. We know what works. Now we need to build the resolve to get it done.
This is an issue brief from Trust for America's Health, funded by a grant from the Irene Diamond Fund.
The worldwide hepatitis and HIV/AIDS epidemics are overwhelming. Globally, 200 million people -- more than three percent of the world's population -- are infected with hepatitis C, and nearly 33 million people are reported to be living with HIV.
Asthma is America's fastest growing chronic affliction, but experts don't know why. This 2001 report shows that although the condition affects more than 17 million Americans--nearly five million of whom are children - 27 states don't track the disease at all.
In this study, TFAH finds that a small strategic investment in disease prevention could result in significant savings in U.S. health care costs. The report includes potential annual savings and return on investment figures for every state in America and Washington, D.C.
In this report, TFAH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) conclude that adult obesity rates increased in 37 states in the past year. The report calls for the creation of a National Strategy to Combat Obesity and includes state-by-state data.
TFAH's fourth annual Ready or Not? Report finds that five years after the September 11th and anthrax tragedies, emergency health preparedness is still inadequate in America. The report includes an evaluation of all 50 states with 10 preparedness indicators, based on input and review from public health experts.
The second annual edition of this report concludes that national and state policies are falling far short of obesity prevention and reduction goals. It finds that the U.S. does not have the aggressive, coordinated national and state strategies needed to address the crisis -- threatening to make the epidemic worse.
Episodes of animal-borne diseases, also referred to as zoonotic diseases, are increasing around the globe. This report examines the public health response to five of these emerging animalborne diseases: monkeypox, WNV, mad cow disease, Lyme disease, and CWD.
This 2003 report discovers that after two years and nearly $2 billion of federal bioterrorism preparedness funding, states are only modestly better prepared to respond to health emergencies than they were prior to September 11, 2001. The report examines 10 key indicators to assess areas of improvement and ongoing vulnerability.
Media coverage is often one of the most effective ways to raise public awareness and understanding about a health problem or issue that is of concern to you. TFAH outlines five steps any individual or organization can take to communicate the importance of a particular health issue to decision makers and their community.
An advocate is someone who defends a cause or petitions on another's behalf. Effective advocacy is a powerful prescription for improving your health, the health of your family and your community. Read these action items to learn how you can be a health advocate in your community.
TFAH and Every Child by Two joined to examine childhood immunization policy in the U.S. and the persistent 20 percent shortfall of preschoolers who do not receive routine vaccines on time. The groups identify ways to close this gap.
TFAH's second annual study of preparedness finds that, despite incremental progress, the government still has a long way to go to protect the American people from a bioterror attack. The report examines 10 key indicators to gauge state preparedness and determine America's overall readiness in responding to bioterrorist attacks and other health emergencies.
This study examines key health statistics and public health funding levels in each state. States are ranked by per capita funds received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Public Opinion Strategies poll on America's Top Health Concerns is included. This survey examines national perceptions of a number of health-related issues, including: a ranking of top health concerns, impressions of the nation's readiness for natural emergencies or terrorist attacks, and the difference in men's versus women's opinions on disaster preparedness.