Council Issues National Prevention Strategy

The National Prevention Council released a national strategy to promote health and prevent disease and disabilities, as charged by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Developed with input from the public and an advisory group, the strategy identifies four overall goals and seven priorities, and includes indicators and 10-year targets for tracking progress.

The goals are: building healthy and safe community environments; expanding quality preventive services in clinical and community settings; empowering people to make healthy choices; and eliminating health disparities. The priorities are: tobacco free living; preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use; healthy eating; active living; injury and violence free living; reproductive and sexual health; and mental and emotional well-being. “We welcome the Administration’s focus on prevention and wellness,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. “Our vision is to have a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health and to achieve that, we know everyone must play a part. Hospitals nationally are collaborating with their communities in numerous ways such as wellness fairs, health screenings, mobile health clinics and much more. We look forward to working with all committed partners to continue advancing health in America.”

06-20-2011 06:50 (EDT)