About 70 percent of the overall budget for the Department of Public Health comes from federal grants. And that federal money has seen significant reductions. From fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2013, across all programs, Public Health lost about $25 million in federal money. And that drop has continued.
A report released Tuesday ranks Georgia at the bottom of states on protecting against infectious disease threats. But Georgia public health officials, responding to the report, said Tuesday that some of the indicators are misleading or erroneous. And they said the authors of the report did not contact the state Department of Public Health to verify their findings.