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‘Promise of prevention’: Q&A with Jeffrey Levi of Trust for America’s Health

April 25, 2012
by Kim Krisberg
Public Health Newswire

 

A little more than two years ago, President Barack Obama signed the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The health reform law not only contained significant insurance reforms, but included landmark funding and directives to support a systemic and cultural shift toward a health care system that integrates evidence-based prevention. The law’s new investments in public health and prevention were met with praise and excitement from public health practitioners and advocates nationwide.

Those investments, however, are far from certain — as is the entire health reform law. Below, Public Health Newswire talks with APHA member Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America's Health, about his involvement in the new national push for prevention, the importance of sustained public health funding and how health reform is already making a difference. Trust for America's Health is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.

Q: On the Trust for America's Health website, it says “as a nation, we are stuck in a ‘disease du jour’ mentality” that prevents policy-makers and the public from taking a long-term view of health. What are the dangers of this mentality and how is your organization working to help change it?

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