Partnership for Preventioin

PartnershipforPreventionFinal.jpgPartnership for Prevention is a membership organization of businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies working to improve the health of all Americans. We seek to make prevention a national priority through increased investment in disease promotion and health prevention and advance policies and practices. 

Medical Care Reform Requires Public Health Reform

Many policymakers assume that individual, patient-based medical care is the best way to improve health. However, the underlying determinants of our collective health – the economic, social, and physical environments – have a greater bearing on health than does direct medical care. Thus, true health reform must address these underlying drivers of poor health. The authors recommend that Congress take a number of actions to strengthen the nation’s state and local public health system.

Building Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Capacity: A Strategy for Congress and Government Agencies

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a combination of methods to systematically examine the potential health effects of proposed policies, programs, and projects. HIA enables more informed policymaking and implementation - particularly outside the health sector, where potential health impacts may be under-recognized or poorly understood. In recent years, there has been increased interest in utilizing HIA, especially for local planning projects. But HIA has great potential to be used on a national scale. To encourage greater use of HIAs in policymaking, the authors recommend that Congress take a number of steps.

Children’s Health Reform Agenda Opportunities for Impact

Two public health threats have the potential to radically and negatively impact children’s health status: tobacco use and obesity. Left unchecked, these two issues will almost certainly cause immeasurable harm to the physical health of children and adults, while damaging our country’s fiscal health. Federal leaders must tackle tobacco use and obesity as public health threats. To protect all Americans and ensure their health, they must take a multi-pronged approach, targeting action in the areas where Americans learn, work, and play.

Designing a High-Quality Package of Preventive Services

Although there is great potential for decreasing the morbidity and mortality associated with diseases through the use of proven clinical preventive services, coverage of these services by health plans, insurance programs, and government agencies varies widely. The author outlines principles that should guide the creation of a high-quality package of preventive services, based upon the work of several national authorities that have carefully reviewed the evidence on preventive care.

Workplace Health Promotion

This paper addresses the question of whether health improvement as a national priority, along with the momentum behind health care reform, can be harnessed to engage more employers in adopting workplace health initiatives. The paper discusses options available to policymakers seeking to encourage employers to implement well-designed and evidence-based health promotion programs that will prompt workers to improve their health habits.

Reorganizing DHHS to Promote Prevention and the Health of Americans

Throughout his campaign, President-elect Obama emphasized his belief in the important roles that prevention and health promotion play as cost-effective means for advancing the health of Americans. Many of the federal government policies he will have to rely on to achieve these objectives depend on the focus and effective performance of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – an agency with a broad range of missions and a complex management structure. This paper outlines a series of approaches that would improve DHHS’ ability to effectively advance the prevention and health promotion agendas.

Modernizing Medicare’s Prevention Policies

The recently enacted Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) broke with 43 years of precedent and, for the first time, gave the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the authority to add preventive services to Medicare without Congressional action. This creates an exciting opportunity for the Medicare program to craft a set of policies that will modernize Medicare’s approach to prevention. This paper presents and discusses some of the options available to the Medicare program.