National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council annual health status report 2013
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National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council annual health status report 2013

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      National Prevention Strategy
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      This Annual Status Report presents the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council’s progress in implementing the National Prevention Strategy, including: An update on the Federal actions and commitments outlined in the National Prevention Council’s Action Plan; Documentation of widespread collaborations across the National Prevention Council departments and between the Federal government and partners; Highlights of implementation efforts by public and private partners; Identification of new opportunities for prevention through the addition of three Federal agencies to the National Prevention Council.

      This progress demonstrates the National Prevention Council’s coordination and leadership at the Federal level and shows the ways that agencies are continuing to work both individually and cooperatively to improve our nation’s health.

      The National Prevention Council, created by Section 4001 of the Affordable Care Act and chaired by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, provides coordination and leadership among 17 executive departments and agencies with respect to prevention, wellness, and health promotion activities.

      On June 16, 2011, the National Prevention Council released the National Prevention Strategy: America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness. The National Prevention Strategy’s vision is “Working together to improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities by moving the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness.” Since many of the strongest predictors of health and well-being fall outside of the health care setting, the Strategy envisions a prevention-oriented society where all sectors contribute to the health of individuals, families, and communities.

      The National Prevention Strategy identifies four Strategic Directions—the foundation for all prevention efforts—and seven targeted Priorities designed to improve health and wellness for the entire U.S. population.

      The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence- based recommendations for each Strategic Direction and Priority for improving health and wellness and addressing leading causes of disability and death. In addition, the National Prevention Strategy identifies actions that the Federal government will take and that partners can take to reach the Strategy’s goal of “increasing the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.” The National Prevention Council departments’ actions support and reinforce the ongoing contributions to Healthy People 2020, a 10- year set of science-based national health objectives developed through a multi-agency collaboration and intended to measure the impact of prevention activities.

      On June 13, 2012, the National Prevention Council released the National Prevention Council Action Plan: Implementing the National Prevention Strategy2. The National Prevention Council’s Action Plan outlines the Federal commitment to implementing the National Prevention Strategy and demonstrates how departments are implementing prevention efforts in line with their respective missions. It also highlights how the National Prevention Council departments are working together and identifies specific areas in which prevention can be accelerated through the combined efforts of all 17 National Prevention Council departments.

      This 2013 Annual Status Report provides an update on the National Prevention Council’s work implementing the Federal actions and their commitments outlined in the 2012 Action Plan and highlights actions from public and private partners across the country who are working to implement the National Prevention Strategy.

      Additionally, this Annual Status Report describes prevention opportunities that have developed as the National Prevention Council continues to build on the vision, goals, recommendations, and actions of the National Prevention Strategy. Specifically, this report highlights collaborations, both across the Federal government and with partners.

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