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Americans Support Prevention As Health Care Reform Priority

June 13, 2009
by Editorial Staff
EMAX Health

Americans rank prevention as the most important health care reform priority, according to a new public opinion poll released earlier this week by the non-partisan Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The results suggest that public backing for more investment in public health would be strong in Kansas.

The poll showed that Americans overwhelmingly support increased funding for prevention programs to reduce disease and keep people healthy, with 70 percent of respondents ranking investment in prevention between an eight and 10 on a 10-point scale.

In the poll a zero meant something was not at all an important health care priority, while a 10 meant it was very important. Forty-six percent rated prevention as a 10 out of 10.

Dr. Eberhart-Phillips added, "When communities get together and take action, the payoffs in terms of health can be huge. I mean doing things like providing well-lighted and safe walking or biking trails, supporting farmers markets and other initiatives to increase access to fresh and affordable foods, opening school facilities to the public for physical activity, helping young mothers to make good nutrition choices, and implementing proven services and policies to reduce smoking. When these kinds of things happen, everybody wins."

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