Some key policy changes that need to be made in the United States in order to prevent illness and improve the health of millions of Americans have just been outlined in the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) latest Healthier Americareport.***
The report includes a range of suggestions that focus on the prevention of chronic diseases, which currently affect more than half of the U.S. population. This would also help address the health problems facing today’s youth who are set to be the first generation that are less healthy than their parents. …
The recommendations involve some new and innovative approaches:
- Implementing a series of foundational capabilities to improve the country’s health system as well as restructuring public health programs with sustained funding.
- Establishing partnerships with nonprofit hospitals to develop new community benefit programs and expand support for prevention.
- Encourage that insurance providers compensate for all types of prevention strategies
- Ensuring that the Prevention and Public Health Fund continues and improve awareness of the Community Transformation Grant program.
- Maintain workplace wellness programs with employers as well as local and state governments.
The report also includes information about recommendations that are already in action:
- The Accountable Care Community (ACC) brought more than 70 different partners to help patients with type 2 diabetes in and out of the doctor’s office. The ACC managed to reduce the cost of care by more than 10 percent per month for patients with type 2 diabetes – meaning savings of around $3,185 per person yearly.
- The Boston Children’s Hospital implemented The Community Asthma Initiative (CAI) with the purpose of supporting children with asthma in the Boston area. The initiative helped reduce hospital admissions due to asthma-related causes by around 80 percent as well as reducing emergency visits due to asthma by 60 percent.
The report concludes that there are 10 main public health issues that need addressing:
- tobacco use
- healthy aging
- improving the health of minorities
- healthy babies
- environment health threats
- injury prevention
- controlling infectious diseases
- food safety
- Prevention urged to avoid a national health catastrophe (bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com)
- New Report from HSC and Trust for America’s Health Calls for Federal Action to Close Achievement Gap by Addressing School Health (healthyschoolscampaign.typepad.com)
- Comment: Take prevention seriously, make it a priority (timescolonist.com)
- Insight: Think preventive medicine will save money? Think again. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- The Seven States Least Prepared for Disaster (247wallst.com)
- Hawaii Rises to Second Healthiest State in Nation (damontucker.com)
- “Walk Across Texas” promotes healthier living (victoriaadvocate.com)
- National Shopping Program Aims To Support A Healthier Hispanic Community (paramuspost.com)
- Wendell Potter: Getting Young People to Work Against Their Own Best Interests: Here’s How It’s Done (huffingtonpost.com)
America’s Health Rankings Finds Preventable Chronic Disease on the Rise; Obesity, Diabetes Undermining Country’s Overall Health
- Nation made no progress in improving health in 2011 after three years of gains
- Modest decreases in smoking and preventable hospitalizations
- Dramatic increases in obesity and diabetes, combined with still-too-high levels of tobacco use, are putting more people at risk for preventable illness and higher health expenditures
- The Rankings indicates that every person that quit smoking in 2011 was offset by a person becoming obese
- 2011 is the first year no state had an obesity prevalence under 20 percent
- United Health Foundation launches “Take Action for Change” Facebook campaign to incent healthy behavior
Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2011 – United Health Foundation’s 2011 America’s Heath Rankings® finds that troubling increases in obesity, diabetes and children in poverty are offsetting improvements in smoking cessation, preventable hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths. The report finds that the country’s overall health did not improve between 2010 and 2011 – a drop from the 0.5 percent average annual rate of improvement between 2000 and 2010 and the 1.6 percent average annual rate of improvement seen in the 1990s…..
- United Health Foundations Americas Health Rankings (bespacific.com)
- New Ways Calories Can Add Up to Weight Gain(wsj.com) “t isn’t so much what you eat, the study suggests, but how much you eat that counts when it comes to accumulating body fat.”
- Glimmer of Hope in U.S. Obesity Picture(Medical News Today)
- iOverweight people have a weight thermostat that is turned up too high (KevinMD.com)
- Prevalence of Obesity in the United States, 2009–2010 (full text reports)
+ More than one-third of adults and almost 17% of youth were obese in 2009–2010.
+ There was no change in the prevalence of obesity among adults or children from 2007–2008 to 2009–2010.
+ Obesity prevalence did not differ between men and women.
+ Adults aged 60 and over were more likely to be obese than younger adults.
- Vermont keeps title of healthiest state, report shows – Reuters (reuters.com)
- America’s Health Rankings 2011: Which state scored worst? (cbsnews.com)
- Obesity And Diabetes Undermining America’s Overall Health (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Cough-cough, puff-puff. Oklahoma looks a little sick (newsok.com)
- Tennessee moves up 3 slots in U.S. health ranking (knoxnews.com)
- America’s Health Report Card: Needs Improvement (webmd.com)
- Report: America’s Health Deteriorated In 2011 (thinkprogress.org)
- America’s Health Rankings 2011 Released (aa47.wordpress.com)