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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Budget & Policy Center released a new report today on the impact of state and local budget cuts on public health in Washington State. Public health programs help to promote healthy communities and lifestyles, reduce the spread of communicable diseases and provide rapid responses to public health emergencies.

Local health jurisdictions (LHJs) across the state are feeling the effects of millions of dollars in reduced public health funding from the state and local governments.

The Budget & Policy Center and the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials independently conducted surveys of officials at local health jurisdictions--the primary providers of public health services in the state--to get a clearer picture of the impact of these budget cut decisions.

The paper, which was co-released with the Washington State Public Health Association and the Washington State Nurses Association, discusses the findings, including details of cuts in programs, lay-offs in staff, and reductions in funding.

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