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SOURCE Trust for America's Health
WASHINGTON and NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) released a new report today highlighting 79 evidence-based disease and injury prevention programs that have saved lives and improved health.
The report, A Compendium of Proven Community-Based Prevention Programs, includes an extensive literature review, conducted by NYAM, of peer reviewed studies that evaluated the effectiveness of community-based prevention programs designed to reduce tobacco use, injuries, asthma, alcohol abuse and sexually-transmitted infections, increase physical activity and improve eating habits.
"Over the past 50 years, healthcare costs have risen drastically-accounting for 18 percent of the Gross Domestic Product," said Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, president of The New York Academy of Medicine. "Some of the costliest chronic conditions have been the drivers of these costs-yet a significant number of these illnesses and injuries could have been prevented. Quite simply, disease and injury prevention programs are the key to reversing spiraling costs and safeguarding the future health and wealth of the nation."
The Compendium notes that, since 2008, the number of effective community-based programs and interventions has grown exponentially and the report identifies specific programs-that can be taken to scale-which prevent disease and create a healthier population.
"The Compendium highlights the growing number and range of successful, evidence-based approaches to prevention," said Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., executive director of TFAH. "These efforts demonstrate that making healthy choices easier for people in their daily lives pays off in terms of improving health and lowering health care costs. This report documents how these programs can and do work – but we need to invest more if we're going to bring them to scale and improve the nation's health."
The report includes examples of programs that increase physical activity, reduce asthma, sexually transmitted infections and tobacco and alcohol use, and prevent violence and injury including:
Violence and Injury Prevention:
Sexually Transmitted Infections and AIDS:
The Compendium is a follow-up to a 2009 report released by TFAH and NYAM, which followed a 2008 TFAH study that found that an investment of $10 per person per year in proven evidenced-based community prevention programs that increase physical activity, improve nutrition and prevent smoking and other tobacco use could save the country more than $16 billion annually within five years-a return of $5.60 for every $1.
The report was supported by grants from The Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The 2013 Compendium can be found on TFAH's Web site at: www.healthyamericans.org. TFAH also features a story bank of Prevention and Public Health Stories in the states, which highlight what is working in communities to make the healthy choice the easy choice: http://healthyamericans.org/health-issues/prevention-page.
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. For more information, visit www.healthyamericans.org.
The New York Academy of Medicine has been advancing the health of people in cities since 1847. An independent organization, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world's urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to innovative research, education, community engagement and policy leadership. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public's health; and to implement interventions that eliminate health disparities.
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