Public health and public health nurses are our first line of defense in responding to disease outbreaks, bioterrorism and in disaster preparedness. They are also the center of a quality health care system and the most cost effective system for disease prevention and health improvement.
An adequate, stable and long-term source of public health funding is a top priority for WSNA because public health and public health nursing are the foundation of our health care system. The current funding system is grossly inadequate and leaves county health departments scrambling to maintain services every budget cycle.
With the continuing threats of natural disasters, terrorist attacks and infectious diseases like whooping cough and flu, our public health infrastructure is in dire need of reinforcement.
Our public health system is at a crisis point. With the health of our families and communities at stake, we simply cannot afford any more cuts to public health funding.