State of Obesity 2023: Better Policies for a Healthier America
This 2023 version is the 20th annual report on the antecedents and rates of obesity in the U.S. as well as policy solutions. Since TFAH first published the State of Obesity report in 2004, rates of adult and child and adolescent obesity are up sharply, particularly in communities experiencing barriers to healthy eating and few opportunities for physical activity.
Ensuring Age-Friendly Public Health in Rural Communities: Challenges, Opportunities, and Model Programs
This brief discusses the challenges facing older adults who wish to age in place in rural communities and the role that public health practitioners can play to support an age-friendly environment in those places.
The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America’s Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2023
This annual report tracks federal and state investment in public health and concludes that under-investment in public health programs leaves the nation less prepared for current and future health risks. One-time COVID-19 emergency funding helped control the pandemic but did not address structural weaknesses in the nation’s public health system.
Pain in the Nation 2023: U.S. Death Rate Due to Alcohol, Drugs, and Suicide Increased by 11 Percent in 2021
TFAH’s annual report found that in 2021 increases in death rates due to substance misuse and suicide occurred among all ages, races, and geographic groups, but were particularly high for youth suicides and drug overdose among certain populations of color and in rural parts of the country.
Ready or Not 2023: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism
This 20th edition of TFAH’s Ready or Not report measures states' emergency preparedness and makes recommendations about how to strengthen the nation's public health system. Sustained investment in public health infrastructure and preparedness is needed to protect lives during disease outbreaks and natural disasters.
Legislative Priorities for the 118th Congress
Prioritizing public health programs can help protect every community and the nation from preventable illness and excessive healthcare costs.
State of Obesity 2022: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH) 19th annual report on the nation’s obesity crisis found that 19 states have obesity rates over 35 percent, up from 16 states in 2021, and that social and economic factors are key drivers of increasing obesity rates. The report includes data by race, age, and state of residence and recommendations for policy action.
The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America’s Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2022
This annual report tracks federal, state, and local investment in public health and how underinvestment in public health programs hobbled the COVID-19 response, exacerbates health inequities, and continues to put Americans' lives and livelihoods at risk.
Pain in the Nation 2022: U.S. Experienced Highest Ever Combined Rates of Deaths Due to Alcohol, Drugs, and Suicide During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic
TFAH and Well Being Trust’s annual report found that deaths spanned ages, racial and ethnic groups, and geography but disproportionally harmed young people and people of color. Solutions are known and must be implemented.
Ready or Not 2022: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism
TFAH's Ready or Not report series provides an annual assessment of states' level of readiness to protect the public's health during emergencies. This year's report placed fewer states in the top performance tier for public health preparedness as compared to the 2021 report. The COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the critical need to invest in public health infrastructure and the social determinants of health.