National Prevention Resources: Starter Guide

Jun 13, 2012, 6:55 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

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!


Prevention and Cost Savings

Built Environment

Social and Economic Environment


This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.