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Q&A with Trust for America’s Health’s Jeffrey Levi: ‘Everyone has a role to play’ to improve health

February 7, 2012
The Nation's Health

 

A federal effort to shift the nation from its present sick care system to one focused on prevention and wellness went into motion in June with the release of the National Prevention Strategy. The strategy, developed by the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council, calls on federal agencies and private and public partners to work together to implement evidence-based recommendations aimed at improving the nation’s health. The council is guided by the 13-member nonfederal Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health, which is chaired by Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America’s Health.

Public health leaders see the National Prevention Strategy as an unprecedented effort to move prevention to the forefront of the nation’s work to improve health. Why did it take so long to take this step?

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