National Prevention Resources: Starter Guide
Now more than ever, it’s critical to focus on prevention. To help people live longer and healthier lives, we need to focus on where health begins – where we live, learn, work and play.
This week marks the anniversary of the National Prevention Strategy, a national effort that is engaging 17 federal agencies to develop cross-sector strategies to reduce preventable illness and disease and improve Americans' health. The Strategy calls on all sectors – state, tribal, local and territorial governments; business, industry and other private sector partners; philanthropic organizations; early learning centers, schools, colleges and universities; community and faith-based organizations; and all Americans – to join in a collaborative effort to create healthier communities.
>>See some examples of how communities are making a difference in an essay from Risa Lavizzo-Mourey in The Atlantic.
As the Strategy is rolled out, NewPublicHealth is hosting a series of content including interviews with Cabinet Secretaries, Agency directors and their designees to the Prevention Council about their strategies to address the many factors that influence our health – from housing and education, to transportation, clean water and air, safe worksites and access to healthy foods. As every sector has a role to play, we are also gathering reports, toolkits, and other resources to provide direction on how different fields can work together and take action. Let us know in the comments if you have more resources to share!
- National Prevention Strategy website
- National Prevention Strategy and Agency Missions
- What Shapes Health? from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
- Commission to Build a Healthier America’s What Drives Health
- County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
- Social determinants overview from the World Health Organization
- Preventing Violence and Reducing Injury from the Prevention Institute
- We Can’t Rely on Doctors Alone to Make the U.S. Healthier from The Atlantic
- We Must Focus on Preventing Disease if We Want our Nation to Thrive from The Atlantic
- What does community prevention look like? See progress in San Bernardino, Calif. and Hernando, Miss.
Prevention and Cost Savings
- Return on Investments in Public Health from RWJF
- Prevention for a Healthier America from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH)
- Healthy Americans for a Healthier Economy from TFAH
- How Does an Investment in Prevention improve Public Health? from RWJF
- CDC Healthy Community Design Initiative
- APHA Transportation Toolkit
- RWJF Neighborhoods and Health
- Active Living Research
Social and Economic Environment
- Health in Mind from the Trust for America’s Health
- APHA School, Health and Education
- RWJF Education Matters for Health
- RWJF Violence, Social Disadvantage and Health
- County Health Calculator explores impact of education and income on health