The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council, a new entity established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act within the Department of Health and Humans Services, issued its first annual status report (http://www.hhs.gov/news/reports/nationalprevention2010report.pdf) on July 1, 2010. The Council is tasked with coordinating prevention activities across federal agencies and establishing a National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy. The report outlines some of the key areas that will be addressed in the National Strategy, including the current five leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease and unintentional injury) as well as substance abuse, domestic violence and behavioral and mental health. The strategy intends to incorporate a community health approach to prevention activities and will coordinate activities in both the public and private sectors. In developing the National Strategy, the Council will also hear input from an Advisory Group comprised of 25 non-federal members appointed by the President. The Council is only one of several new prevention priorities included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act along with Medicare coverage for annual wellness visits and eliminating cost sharing for recommended preventive services, which hope to place a new focus on prevention and wellness within the health care system.
01 Jul '10