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Dr. Glen Mays interviewed by Herald-Leader regarding health care reform

Dr. Glen Mays, F. Douglas Scutchfield Endowed Professor in Health Services and Systems Research at the University of Kentucky College Of Public Health, was recently interviewed by the Herald-Leader about health care reform. While the article is mainly focused on expanding insurance coverage and how this will affect business owners, there is more to this issue than insurance coverage.

An equally important and controversial component of health reform is the Prevention and Public Health Fund - a fund created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to expand the nation’s public health and disease prevention activities.

Earlier this year Health Affairs published, Health Policy Brief: The Prevention and Public Health Fund, in which Dr. Mays served as an editorial reviewer. The article discusses the Prevention and Public Health Fund and what spending has gone to (to see a detailed list, click here.) as well as the arguments about the future of the fund. The policy brief cites an article that Dr. Mays published in 2011 that found by increasing spending on public health efforts and improving public health practices, you can make measurable improvements in health.

The American Public Health Association Center for Public Policy also released and issue brief, The Prevention and Public Health Fund: a Critical Investment in Our Nation’s Physical and Fiscal Health, that argues for the importance of this fund and everything that it supports in prevention efforts.

To read the article in the Herald-Leader, click here.

Follow this link to learn more about the Prevention and Public Health Fund and Kentucky.