- First Signed Into Law: March 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act (Section 4002).
- Latest Action: No current changes to existing law (view the CDC's page about the law).
- The Prevention and Public Health Fund was authorized to address a critical gap in our nation's investment in public health. By law, the Fund must be used to provide investment in prevention and public health programs that improve health and restrain the rate of growth in both public and private health care costs.
- The fund was designed for a variety of public health topics, including obesity, tobacco, diabetes and cancer prevention. It promotes collaboration among sectors as well as public and private partnerships to achieve the common goal of preventing chronic disease and contributing to a healthier generation. Funds are used for federal, state and local wellness promotion programs.
- Nutrition Related Divisions of the PPHF:
- Million Hearts
- Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding
- Workplace Wellness
- Healthy Weight Task Force/Early Child
- REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health)
- Heart Disease and Stroke
- Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity
- Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant
For additional information, visit the HHS’s Prevention and Public Health Fund website, which includes details about the PPHF’s yearly funding allocations and open funding opportunities. Also, view examples of programs that have been funded through the Prevention Fund that utilize the unique expertise of RDNs.
For a comprehensive look at the Academy's position on health care reform and legislation related to it, view the Value of Nutrition Services in Prevention issue brief.