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NACCHO Applauds Release of National Prevention Strategy


Becky Wexler

NACCHO Warns that Recent Cuts to Preparedness Funding Put Americans at Greater Risk

Plan elevates the long-time, collaborative work of local health departments to the national level

Washington, DC (June 16, 2011)—The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) vigorously supports the release of the National Prevention Strategy, which is consistent with our vision for a transformed 21st century health system that places its highest priority on evidence-based prevention and focuses on promoting health. The National Prevention Council, headed by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, released the much-anticipated roadmap for public health and wellness, a critical component of the Affordable Care Act, today in Washington, DC.

“This first-ever National Prevention Strategy is a significant step toward engaging a broad spectrum of partners from diverse sectors in a national effort to build an integrated health system—one that is focused on preventing diseases, rather than just treating them,” said Robert Pestronk, executive director of NACCHO. “For years, and with NACCHO’s leadership, local health departments have fostered this type of collaboration in communities across the country, in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, help people fight disease before it happens, and improve the quality and length of all lives.”

NACCHO is pleased that the National Prevention Strategy’s strategic directions and priorities align so closely with the day-to-day work of local health departments, which are the only local entities that focus on the health and well-being of every person in their communities and are often a community’s first line of defense against disaster and disease.

  • Learn more about the National Prevention Strategy online here.

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.