The Healthier America report outlines top policy approaches to respond to studies that show 1) more than half of Americans are living with one or more serious, chronic diseases, a majority of which could have been prevented, and 2) that today's children could be on track to be the first in U.S. history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents.
"America's health faces two possible futures," said
The Healthier America report stresses the importance of taking innovative approaches and building partnerships with a wide range of sectors in order to be effective. Some recommendations include:
Advance the nation's public health system by adopting a set of foundational capabilities, restructuring federal public health programs and ensuring sufficient, sustained funding to meet these defined foundational capabilities;
Ensure insurance providers reimburse for effective prevention approaches both inside and outside the doctor's office
Integrate community-based strategies into new health care models, such as by expanding Accountable Care Organizations into Accountable Care Communities;
Work with nonprofit hospitals to identify the most effective ways they can expand support for prevention through community benefit programs;
Implement all of the recommendations for each of the 17 federal agency partners in the National Prevention Strategy; and
Encourage all employers, including federal, state and local governments, to provide effective, evidence-based workplace wellness programs.
"Prevention delivers real value as a cost-effective way to keep Americans healthy and improve their quality of life," said
A Healthier America also features more than 15 case studies from across the country that show the report's recommendations in action, such as:
The Community Asthma Initiative (CAI), implemented by Boston Children's Hospital, has provided support to improve the health of children with moderate to severe asthma in at-risk
The Healthy Environments Collaborate (HEC) in
In addition, the report includes recommendations for a series of 10 key public health issues: reversing the obesity epidemic; preventing tobacco use and exposure; encouraging healthy aging; improving the health of low-income and minority communities; strengthening healthy women, healthy babies; reducing environmental health threats; enhancing injury prevention; preventing and controlling infectious diseases; prioritizing health emergencies and bioterrorism preparedness; and fixing food safety.
The report was supported by grants from the
Trust for America's Health 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. www.healthyamericans.org
SOURCE Trust for America's Health
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