In a letter released today, leaders from The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, The Kresge Foundation, Nemours, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation write that prevention measures, such as early health screenings and improved access to healthy food and physical activity, will save both lives and money. Good health, they argue, doesn’t start at the doctor’s office—it starts where we live, work, learn and play.
Beginning in 2006, the six foundations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which serves as a technical advisor, partnered to form the Healthy Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership—a collaboration of funders committed to helping healthy people live in healthy places.
The letter’s authors point to several proven examples of community-level prevention measures that have improved health, saved money and cultivated local leadership.
The letter highlights:
“Over time,” the foundation leaders write, “a focus on community prevention will improve health, save money, reduce demands on our health system and, most important, lead to a nation of healthier people and healthier places to live.”