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Foundation for the Public’s Health Unveils New Model of Support


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Contact Paul Yeghiayan
(202) 567-1010

Foundation for the Public’s Health Unveils New Model of Support

Foundation launches at the National Association of County and City Health Officials' annual conference with mission to improve the public's health and well-being

Kansas City, MO – Seeking to support chronically underfunded segments of our nation's public health system, The Foundation for the Public's Health launched Tuesday with an ambitious agenda aimed at creating a new model of support for local health departments.

The Foundation will serve county and city health departments, providing financial and consulting assistance to public health projects as well as educational opportunities in fund development.

"Today's public health workforce is being asked to do more with less every day, and it's not sustainable," said Foundation President and CEO Paul Yeghiayan. "With the support of public health practitioners, corporate America, forward-thinking foundations, and individual donors, we are creating a culture of giving to the nation's greatest public health priorities. Our goal is to build on the promise of public health." 

In collaboration with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), which is holding its Annual Conference this week In Kansas City, the Foundation is developing the fundraising capabilities of 2,800 local health departments in America. 

The Foundation's mission also brings attention to the public health work being done in, and with, communities, schools, workplaces, health centers, and more. Profiles of health officials and community members from selected projects will provide prospective donors with insight into the range and effect of services local health departments provide. These services include infectious disease control, chronic disease and injury prevention, environmental inspections, emergency preparedness, maternal and child health services, health equity, and basic clinical care. 

"Our nation's public health infrastructure tends to remain invisible until there's a problem. In reality, public health personnel are continually on the front lines of keeping their communities safe and healthy -- from working to transform health care delivery, providing health education, ensuring environments in which people can lead healthy lifestyles to providing vaccinations and monitoring and stopping the spread of diseases" said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, Executive Director of NACCHO. "The Foundation for the Public's Health is part of NACCHO's contribution to helping local health departments better serve their communities."

You can find more information about The Foundation for the Public's Health at www.tfph.org.