Access to Prevention and Public Health for High-Risk Populations

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., RWJF president and CEO, told the Senate panel that disease prevention and health promotion "must be a priority," but she noted that "this is an area that has largely been ignored and chronically underfunded by federal, state and local governments." She urged Congress to increase stable funding and incentives for community-based programs and clinical preventive services.

"Right now, America's health care system is set up to focus on treating people once they already have a health problem," Lavizzo-Mourey testified. "We must shift that focus to preventing people from getting sick in the first place, investing in policies and programs that make it easier for all Americans to enjoy the benefits of good health."