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NACCHO Commends Administration for New Public Health Investment


Contact Becky Wexler
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NACCHO Commends Administration for New Public Health Investment
Washington, DC (June 21, 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, commends the Administration for allocating $250 million from the FY2010 Prevention and Public Health Fund to important new initiatives.

The planned funding for activities to address tobacco control, obesity prevention, and better nutrition and physical activity will help support an expansion of local programs that already have been demonstrated to be effective in promoting health and preventing disease.

The allocation of $70 million to strengthen the capacities of local, tribal, and state health departments is a small but important step towards stability and permanence in the public health system.

“Good health 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. Science has shown us that community prevention works when put into practice. Focusing on prevention leads to more productive workers, students who are alert and ready to learn, and an improved national defense. NACCHO is grateful to the Administration for setting out on a path mapped by the Affordable Care Act to transform today’s “sick care” system to a true “health” system that encourages health and well-being and prevents people from getting sick in the first place.”

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 a high quality of life possible. Increasing the accessibility of healthy foods and opportunities to exercise in each community are important examples of local health department work with community partners to reduce chronic disease. When 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.

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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.