January 20, 2018

What the experts say…

“There is no greater imperative in American health care than switching from a treatment-oriented society, to a prevention-oriented society. And from physicians providing treatment only, to physician and other health providers promoting health via prevention[21] ” – U.S. Surgeon General

About Health Promotion and Primary Prevention

“The public health system needs to be strengthened to better promote positive health behaviors, deliver services, control environmental risks, and contribute to an information infrastructure that enables individuals to better manage their health and healthcare.” – AARP

We will “inform, educate, and empower people about health issues: This service involves social marketing and targeted media public communication; providing accessible health information resources at community levels; active collaboration with personal health care providers to reinforce health promotion messages and programs; and joint health education programs with schools, churches, and worksites.” – American Public Health Association

“The purpose of adult basic education, then, is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need to develop their voice, access information, and take independent action within these roles, and to keep on learning throughout their lives. In this view of adult basic education, health issues become a critical forum for literacy education.” – World Education, Vision and Action Agenda

“Because health care spending is concentrated, targeting preventive efforts and improving care for a relatively small proportion of the patient population may result in large increases in quality and better control of health care costs. – Council of State Governments

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