Group urges next administration to reform public health

October 21, 2008
by Lisa Schnirring
Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy - CIDRAP News

Drawing on the expertise of more than 150 health experts, Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group in Washington, DC, today released a report designed to help the next president and Congress reform the public health system to improve the nation's health and emergency preparedness.

At a press conference today, Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH, told reporters that the country is losing ground on battling preventable diseases such as diabetes and obesity and could stall in its efforts to prepare for a pandemic or other public health emergency. "We believe Americans deserve better, and these problems place us at a competitive disadvantage," he said in introducing the 119-page report.

Levi said both of the major presidential candidates are concerned about the nation's public health problems and have said new solutions are needed, as described in recent articles in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).


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