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NACCHO Applauds Senators for Protecting Public Health


 

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NACCHO Applauds Senators for Protecting Public Health
Washington, DC (September 16, 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 52 senators who voted against an amendment to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act that would have eliminated the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

The Prevention and Public Health Fund is an unprecedented investment in public health created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It provides expanded and sustained federal support for prevention and public health programs such as those provided by local health departments. The United States Senate this week defeated an amendment that would have eliminated the Fund for eight years in order to pay for an unrelated tax enforcement proposal. 

“The nation’s local health departments are deeply grateful to the Senators who stood up for the Prevention and Public Health Fund,” said Robert M. Pestronk, NACCHO executive director. “Good health is the foundation for a high quality of life. 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.  Preserving the Prevention and Public Health Fund will help transform our “sick” care system to a true “health” system that prevents people from getting sick in the first place.”

Local health departments are a cornerstone of the nation’s public health defense system. They work with people to create conditions that make it possible to take steps to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases, help keep food and water safe, and detect and stop outbreaks of contagious illnesses. Increasing the accessibility of healthy foods and creating local opportunities for people to exercise are important examples illustrating how local health departments can work with community partners to prevent chronic disease. But health departments and their partners can only do this when local resources are bolstered by investments in public health such as the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
 
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.

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