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Trust for America’s Health


More than 90 million Americans live with chronic disease, which accounts for seven out of ten deaths in the United States. Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. This website is home to information regarding major issues focused on by TFAH, as well as a library of their previous reports.

Key Points

The information found on the TFAH website is both thorough and timely, with reports dating as far back as July, 2001, and as recently as August, 2012. Many of these reports include state-by-state rundowns or rankings on certain health issues, as well as recommendations for improvements. The “Issues” link on the site provides breakdowns of each of ten issues with which TFAH is involved. These include obesity, health reform and implementation, public health funding, workplace and community wellness, and others. Finally, TFAH has detailed health data for every state, sorted by an easy-to-use map.

How to Use

The TFAH is dedicated to making disease prevention a national priority, and has conducted thorough research about the health of every state. This website would be most useful for state officials looking to learn more about the issues facing their residents, particularly if those issues match up with those focused on by the TFAH. The various rankings provided by TFAH’s reports allow these officials to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses, and generate new ideas to improve their community’s health.

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