Partnership for Prevention: Stimulus Plan "Just What the Doctor Ordered" for Public Health

President Obama's economic stimulus package would provide the largest single increase in public health funding in the nation's history. Partneship for Prevention says it's "just what the doctor ordered" to address the leading drivers of chronic disea
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Jan. 27, 2009 - PRLog -- WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 27, 2009 - Partnership for Prevention today applauded the public health funding recommended in President Obama’s economic stimulus package, saying it would provide the largest single increase in public health funding in the nation’s history.

“This type of bold action is exactly what the doctor ordered,” said Partnership Interim President Corinne G. Husten, MD, MPH. “These critical appropriations will establish a community prevention infrastructure that will go far to help the nation reduce the leading drivers of chronic disease: poor nutrition, physical inactivity and tobacco use. “

The plan, which is now before Congress, will result in an increase from nearly 100 prevention programs to as many as 800 programs in urban and rural communities across the nation.  A Senate subcommittee has approved a version of the plan that would fund $5.8 billion for state and local programs, while the full House of representatives is slated to vote Wednesday on a version that would provide $3 billion.

Husten said the infusion of Federal funding will help implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and its nationally recognized Community Guide.  

“The Task Force represents the nation’s only independent body dedicated to the evaluation of community prevention strategies based on systematic review of high quality research,” Husten said.   “More funding will enable the Task Force to eliminate its current backlog of research evaluations and establish a first class process for widely disseminating their findings to State and local stakeholders.”

Husten said the success of community prevention will depend on the application of effective, research-based programs.  

“The Task Force on Community Preventive Services will play an essential role in helping communities identify priorities and select interventions that are the most effective interventions and provide the biggest health benefit,” she said.

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Partnership for Prevention is a membership organization of businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies advancing policies and practices to prevent disease and improve the health of all Americans.
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