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NACCHO Celebrates Prevention and Wellness in Health Reform


Contact Becky Wexler
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NACCHO Celebrates Prevention and Wellness in Health Reform

Washington, DC (March 22, 2010) –

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), whose vision is health, equity, and well-being for all people in their communities through public health policies and service, applauds Congress for their perseverance towards improving the nation’s health through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The landmark health reform legislation passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate makes significant investments in population-based prevention activities and recognizes the unique role played by local public health departments while expanding access to affordable care for millions of individuals and families.

The stable, reliable funding stream for chronic disease prevention provided by this legislation, coupled with support for the public health workforce, are essential to sustain population-based prevention activities that are beyond the reach of the medical care system.

Who doesn’t prefer health?It is the foundation for a high quality of life,” said NACCHO Executive Director Robert M. Pestronk.The benefits of including prevention and wellness in health reform are numerous. Prevention works, and science supports its use as practiced in both the doctor’s office and in the community. It improves the productivity of workers, the ability to learn, and the national defense. This legislation is a giant step towards putting prevention and ''health'' back into healthcare.”

Local health departments are a cornerstone of the nation’s public health defense system. They detect and stop outbreaks of disease, help keep food and water safe, and work with people to create conditions that make health the default option – from eating well and exercise to reducing the bad effects of chronic disease. Adequately funded, local health departments prevent disease and protect health in ways that are beyond the capacity of health insurers and individual medical care providers. NACCHO is grateful to Congress for their steadfast support of public health and prevention.

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation''s 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.