For Immediate Release: October 19, 2016
Trust for America’s Health Releases "Blueprint for a Healthier America" Report Featuring High-Impact Policies for the Next Administration and Congress
Washington, D.C., October 19, 2016 – Today, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released Blueprint for a Healthier America 2016: Policy Priorities for the Next Administration and Congress which calls for a new approach to health – prioritizing improving health and addressing major epidemics in the United States.
- between $15 billion and $72 billion in healthcare savings a year within 10 years, according to a new analysis by TFAH and Healthsperien.
- and policies should support place-based health improvement partnerships. Doing so will help identify and elevate a local community’s top priorities and bring key partners and assets together – from public health, healthcare, social services, philanthropies, education, businesses and faith and community groups – for a greater collective impact. A network of expert institutes in each state should provide technical assistance to these multisector collaborative partnerships. In addition, the Prevention and Public Health Fund and other community-based health improvement programs should be protected and fully funded.
- The public health system must be modernized – and sufficiently funded – so that it can handle ongoing threats and new emergencies. Too often the country has been caught off guard when a new crisis emerges, diverting attention and resources. There should be 1) greater investment to improve baseline foundational capabilities in communities around the country; 2) a standing Public Health Emergency Fund to provide additional surge funds when needed; 3) improved federal leadership, such as through a Special Assistant to the President for Health Security; and 4) upgrades to out-of-date technology and surveillance systems.
- Incentivizing Health Care vs. Sick Care: There should be increased incentives and mechanisms for healthcare insurers, nonprofit hospital community benefit programs and social investment funds to support health improvement strategies. Efforts such as healthcare investment in community-wide health improvement programs, “navigator plus support” health and social service integration (such as Accountable Health Communities), Community Development Financial Institutions for Health (strategic planning and financing intermediaries) and pay-for-outcome approaches should be expanded.
The report also includes a set of policy recommendations to address priority health problems that require urgent action, some highlight areas include:
- Stopping the Prescription Painkiller and Heroin Epidemics
- Renewing Efforts to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes and Tobacco Use
- Highlighting Prevention in the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative
- Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
- Stopping Superbugs and Antibiotic Resistance
- Lowering the Rising Death Rates Among Middle-Aged Whites
- Achieving Health Equity
The Blueprint was supported by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The California Endowment and The Kresge Foundation and is available on TFAH’s website at www.healthyamericans.org.
Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. pwww.healthyamericans.org