WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the first ever National Prevention Strategy, called for under the Affordable Care Act that will keep Americans healthy and fit. Developed by the National Prevention Council, it included input from various stakeholders, the public and from the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. Doctors for America’s Co-Founder and President, Dr. Vivek Murthy, was appointed to the Advisory Group this past January.
“The National Prevention Strategy is an important first step in shifting the focus of health care in America from sickness and disease to prevention and wellness”, said Dr. Murthy.
The National Prevention Strategy will do this by focusing on four strategic directions:
- Creating and sustaining healthy and safe community environments.
- Making clinical and community preventive services available, integrated and mutually reinforcing.
- Empowering people to make healthy choices.
- Eliminates health disparities.
“Doctors believe one of the best ways to improve health care is through prevention. Everyday, we see patients in our clinics and hospitals who could have avoided painful illnesses and costly care if only preventive services had been available”, said Dr. Murthy. “The National Prevention Strategy will not only save lives but improve the care that our patients receive.”