Apr 2 2013
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National Public Health Week: Public Health is ROI. Save Lives, Save Money

While this is the first year that the American Public Health Association has used “return on investment” as the theme for National Public Health Week, which runs through April 7, it’s far from the first time that public health practitioners have made the case to policymakers that the work of public health can save lives and money.

Research on the impact of public health services includes the critical fact that spending just $10 per person in programs aimed at smoking cessation, improved nutrition and better physical fitness could save the nation more than $16 billion a year, according to the Trust for America’s Health. That’s a nearly $6 return for every $1 spent.

Over the last two years, NewPublicHealth has reported frequently on the value of investing in public health. Some of our favorite ROI articles, reports and other resources include:

>>Read more on the value of prevention from RWJF.org.

file Also check out a new public health infographic from the American Public Health Association and Piktochart. View the full infographic at NPHW.org.

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