In defense of prevention, and the prevention fund

May 14, 2013
by Larry Cohen
The Hill's Congress Blog

Three years ago, when the Affordable Care Act was passed, the bill set up something that was unusually far-thinking by Washington standards: an ongoing funding source dedicated to preventing illness before it occurs.

For me, the creation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund was an affirmation of the work I’ve been doing for three decades to curb the use of tobacco and prevent illness and injury before it occurs, and elevate the idea that all communities can and should be healthy places. Fifteen years ago, I founded Prevention Institute in Oakland, Calif., to help communities across the country pursue this work.


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