America's health care system is in crisis precisely because we systematically neglect wellness and prevention.
Now that health reform has passed, the next stage is to ensure that implementation of reform supports community prevention. The inclusion of prevention funding in health reform indicates a strong understanding of the importance of investing in community prevention. The legislation's investment in community prevention will keep Americans healthier by ensuring that the places where we live, work, learn, and play support health. A comprehensive health reform strategy that emphasizes prevention, equity, and transforming community environments can significantly alleviate the social and financial burden associated with treating illness and injury.
In partnership with leading national organizations, Prevention Institute continues to mobilize advocates around the country to articulate and advance the value of community prevention. Prevention Institute's focus in this area includes: analyzing major health impacting policies, building the evidence base for the return on investments in primary prevention, monitoring and responding to media coverage of health and prevention, guiding advocacy, and publishing briefs outlining comprehensive reforms to health.