Just a few days after announcing it will fund $250 million to bolster the nation's workforce of primary care providers, the Obama administration on Friday announced another $250 million will augment efforts to expand prevention and public health infrastructure.
"With these investments, we are tackling the underlying causes of chronic diseases as well as strengthening our ability to meet the public health challenges of the 21st century," said U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin. "This moves America in the direction of becoming a fit and healthy nation."
Said Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius: "Investing in prevention and public health builds the foundation for improving the health and well-being of Americans, and for lowering costs in the healthcare system. Investing in proven preventive services will help patients get the care they need, avoiding costly and unnecessary care later. This prevention-focused approach is better for doctors, patients, and our national balance sheet."
Allocations of the $250 million will be as follows:
Both of the $250 million allocations were specified in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.