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Sep 17, 2020, 05:05 ET U.S. Adult Obesity Rate Tops 42 Percent; Highest Ever Recorded

The U.S. adult obesity rate passed the 40 percent mark for the first time, standing at 42.4 percent, according to State of Obesity: Better Policies...


Jul 16, 2020, 05:05 ET COVID-19 School Closures Put 30 Million Children at Risk of Hunger

As COVID-19 infection rates continue to increase in states across the country, many of those jurisdictions are facing the complex dilemma of high...


Jul 07, 2020, 07:00 ET Nearly 350 public health organizations implore HHS Secretary Azar to support CDC's critical role in the COVID-19 pandemic response

The expertise of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all public health agencies is critical to protecting Americans' health ...


May 21, 2020, 05:05 ET Annual Deaths Due to Alcohol, Drugs or Suicide Exceeded 150,000 According to the Most Recent Data --And Could Get Worse Due to COVID-19

Newly released data show that 151,964 Americans died due to alcohol, drugs or suicide in 2018. This national death rate for alcohol, drug and suicide ...


Apr 16, 2020, 05:05 ET New Report Shows Hamstrung COVID-19 Response was Years in the Making

Chronic underfunding of the nation's public health and emergency preparedness systems has made the nation vulnerable to health security risks,...


Mar 20, 2020, 13:55 ET Cross-Sector Group of Eighty-eight Organizations Calls on Congress to Address Americans' Mental Health and Substance Misuse Treatment Needs as Part of COVID-19 Response

A cross-sector group of 88 organizations from the mental health and substance misuse, public health and patient-advocacy sectors are jointly calling...


Mar 13, 2020, 12:49 ET 55 Organizations Call for Passage and Fast Implementation of Paid Sick Leave for all Workers as a Critical Part of COVID-19 Response

A cross-sector group of 55 public health, health, labor, business and social policy organizations are jointly calling on the Trump Administration and ...


Feb 05, 2020, 05:05 ET New Report Places 25 States and DC in High Performance Tier on 10 Public Health Emergency Preparedness Measures

Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia were high-performers on a three-tier measure of states' preparedness to protect the public's health...


Oct 29, 2019, 05:05 ET Adolescent Suicide Up 87 Percent Over Last Decade; LGBT and American Indian/Alaskan Native Teens at Highest Risk

Adolescent suicide deaths have spiked over the last decade and substance misuse including vaping is exacting a heavy toll on teens according to a...


Sep 12, 2019, 05:05 ET U.S. Obesity Rates at Historic Highs Nine States Reach Adult Obesity Rates Above 35 Percent

Nine U.S. states had adult obesity rates above 35 percent in 2018, up from seven states at that level in 2017, an historic level of obesity in the...


Jun 13, 2019, 05:05 ET Millennial Generation Deaths Due to Drug Misuse up 400 percent since 1999; Deaths from Drugs and Suicide at All-time Highs

Young adult deaths due to alcohol and drug misuse and suicide have increased precipitously among 18- to 34-year-olds during the last two decades,...


Apr 24, 2019, 05:01 ET New TFAH Report: Persistent Underfunding of America's Public Health System Makes the Nation Vulnerable and Puts Lives at Risk

Chronic underfunding of the nation's public health infrastructure has left the nation vulnerable to serious health and safety risks, according to a...


Mar 05, 2019, 05:00 ET Number of Americans Dying Due to Alcohol, Drugs, and Suicide is at an All-Time High

More than 150,000 Americans—the most ever—died from alcohol and drug-induced fatalities and suicide in 2017 – more than twice as many as in 1999 -...


Feb 21, 2019, 00:01 ET States Can Improve Residents' Health and Reduce Healthcare Spending by Adopting Policies Outside of the Healthcare Sector, New Report Shows

States can improve their residents' health and well-being, and lower healthcare costs, by implementing a range of policies in sectors beyond...


Feb 12, 2019, 00:01 ET New Report Finds Nation's Public Health Emergencies Are Increasing While State Emergency Preparedness Levels Are Mixed; 17 States Score in Top Readiness Tier, 20 States and DC in Middle Tier, 13 States in Lower Tier

Seventeen states place in the top tier of a three-tiered measure of performance on 10 indicators of public health and emergency response readiness,...


Nov 29, 2018, 10:43 ET New Data Show Drug Overdose and Suicide Deaths Climbed at Alarming Rates in 2017

Nationally, deaths due to drug overdose and suicide increased last year according to data released today by the National Centers for Health...


Sep 12, 2018, 00:01 ET New Data: Adult Obesity Rates Top 35 Percent in Seven States, No State Obesity Rate Improved Significantly During the Past Year

Seven U. S. states had adult obesity rates at or above 35 percent in 2017, up from five states in 2016, and no state had a statistically significant...


Jul 02, 2018, 09:14 ET Trust for America's Health and Well Being Trust Launch National Resilience Strategy Blueprint to Raise Awareness of and Offer Solutions for Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Crises

A new web-based blueprint designed to help communities deal with the drug, alcohol and suicide crises launched today. In November of 2017, Trust for...


May 22, 2018, 04:44 ET TFAH Applauds the Introduction of the Bipartisan Pandemic And All-Hazards Preparedness And Advancing Innovation Act--But Improvements Can Be Made

The following is a statement from John Auerbach, President and CEO, of Trust for America's Health (TFAH) on the introduction of the Senate HELP...


May 17, 2018, 08:17 ET New "Pain in the Nation" Issue Brief Focuses on How Healthcare Systems Can Help Address and Prevent Deaths of Despair

Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT) released Pain in the Nation: Healthcare Systems Brief, which focuses on how healthcare...


Apr 12, 2018, 03:53 ET The Draft House Farm Bill will Harm our Nation's Most Vulnerable

The below is a statement from John Auerbach, president and CEO, of Trust for America's Health (TFAH) on release of "Farm Bill" draft legislation (the ...


Mar 01, 2018, 08:30 ET New Report: Funding for Public Health Has Declined Significantly since the Great Recession

A new Trust for America's Health (TFAH) analysis—A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: State-by-State and Federal Public Health Funding...


Feb 22, 2018, 08:20 ET Deaths from Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide for People of Color Rise Dramatically Although Still Below the Rates of White Americans

According to a new Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT) analysis, there were disproportionally large increases in drug deaths ...


Jan 16, 2018, 08:30 ET TFAH Releases Special Issue Brief: Racial Healing and Achieving Health Equity in the United States

Today, Trust for America's Health (TFAH) released Racial Healing and Achieving Health Equity in the United States, which highlights and acknowledges...


Dec 21, 2017, 10:45 ET TFAH Analysis: New Data Shows Drug Overdoses Increased in 40 States and Washington, D.C.

In 2016, 63,632 Americans died from drug overdoses, an increase of 21 percent over 2015, according to data released by the Centers for Disease...