Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 18, 2009
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Prevention and Wellness Fund and Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative.
"HHS has set a tremendous example for our nation's health care priorities by committing funds for the improvement of health through prevention. At a time when Americans and Congress are focused on reforming our health care system, HHS has displayed leadership by highlighting an area that has the potential to improve our health and "bend the cost curve." As the Department has shown, prevention deserves our attention and our resources.
"In our country today, two in three Americans are obese or overweight and almost half the population is affected by at least one chronic condition. One in five 4 year-olds are obese, and "type 2" diabetes has become so common among school-age children that they may be at risk for heart attacks in their teens. We have a chance to change their future by evolving the focus of our system from one that treats disease after it occurs to one that prevents it from occurring.
"Public health officials occupy a unique position in the delivery of health care in America, operating at the nexus of clinical and community prevention efforts. We applaud the Department's decision to emphasize the importance of community prevention efforts. These funds will help communities to make positive changes and enact policies that will move disease prevention and health promotion to the top of their priority lists."
About the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national public health association for chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory. The NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the American population by advocating for preventive policies and programs, encouraging sharing of knowledge and developing partnerships for health promotion. (http://www.chronicdisease.org).