NACDD Releases White Paper Calling for Progress in Health
Thursday, October 06, 2016
ATLANTA – The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) released a white paper Oct. 5 addressing the need for the progress in public health and the prevention of chronic diseases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health expenditures, the per capita national health expenditures were $9,523 in 2014; with total national health expenditures reaching $3 trillion that year. CDC reports that more than 86 percent of healthcare costs in the U.S. go toward the treatment of chronic diseases.
“Only a fraction of our governmental healthcare investment goes to prevention,” said David Hoffman, NACDD Board Member and Chairman of NACDD’s Government Affairs Committee. “The next administration will have an opportunity to change this picture.”
A substantial investment must be made in CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Hoffman said.
“Funding prevention is economics 101 and the first line of defense against premature death and the crippling cost of care,” said John Robitscher, NACDD CEO.
Evidence-based programs such as early detection of cancer and cancer survivorship services; diabetes prevention and control, including prevention of kidney disease; heart disease and stroke prevention; and obesity prevention and control are important. Every state should have evidence-based programs to help combat chronic disease.
“America is on the precipice of a great opportunity; we need to invest in a meaningful way in prevention now,” Hoffman said. “Now is the right time to develop a comprehensive program to promote physical activity in this country and CDC is in a position to address the epidemic of sedentary behavior that impacts our health, our economy, the health of the aging population and our defense.”
The paper highlights the idea that if CDC partners with each state, programs could be built to support the development of evidence for new changes in healthcare; health and community linkages; Medicaid and public health partnerships; and linkages between health and economic development. These types of partnerships will utilize state projects and promote forward movement in effort to prevent chronic disease.
The white paper will be widely disseminated to national, state and local policy makers. To read it, go to: http://bit.ly/2d5Z0s8.
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national, public health nonprofit, serving the health departments of all 50 states and U.S. territories working in chronic disease prevention and control and representing more than 6,000 members. For more information, please visit http://www.chronicdisease.org.
Margaret Gillan Ritchie, MS
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