A collaborative study including Dr. William C. Livingood at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health and the Florida Public Health Practice-Based Research Network assessed relationships between self-assessed performance on essential services (ESs) and sources of funding. Primary data were collected using an online survey based on Public Health Accreditation Board standards for ES.
The researchers found that revenue for ES is decreasing and is heavily reliant on non-categorical (discretionary) revenue. This study has important implications for continued reliance on ES as an organizing construct for public health.
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