Blending, Braiding, and Block-Granting Funds for Public Health and Prevention: Implications for States

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The National Academy for State Health Policy, the de Beaumont Foundation, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials recently convened a group of state health policymakers from 11 states to strategically address opportunities and challenges that may result from potential changes to the federal funding landscape.

A new report, Blending, Braiding, and Block-Granting Funds for Public Health and Prevention: Implications for States, charts a way forward for states interested in maximizing their abilities to coordinate work and resources across programs. It distills ideas from the meeting of state leaders and explores state responses to possible federal funding scenarios. The report also:

  • Surveys historic and existing sources of block grants and disease- or condition-specific federal funding;
  • Examines how states currently use those funds; and
  • Poses key questions for officials to ponder in the months ahead.

In this time of rapid policy changes, it is important to learn from states working to align their funding sources to advance their population health and prevention goals.

Download and read the report here.