According to HHS.gov/Healthcare, “7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases, and almost 1 out of every 2 adults has at least one chronic illness,” plus “almost 1 in every 3 children in our nation is overweight or obese, which predisposes them to chronic disease.”
As a result of the Prevention and Public Health Fund and the Affordable Care Act, new measures are being taken to prevent chronic disease and health issues. Over time, this will have a dramatic affect on the health of communities across America.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Prevention should be woven into all aspects of our lives, including where and how we live, learn, work and play. Everyone—government, businesses, educators, health care institutions, communities and every single American—has a role in creating a healthier nation.”
The Prevention Strategy that was put in place by the Prevention and Public Health Fund is working to achieve the following:
Having a community-wide focus on prevention not only has the power to improve the health of our nation but also the quality of life and prosperity we can enjoy. When we are healthier, we are happier and more productive and our healthcare costs are reduced since we require less medical care. Prevention programs help to keep Americans healthy at every stage of life. For example, healthy communities have children who miss less school and get better grades, adults who miss less work and make a better contribution to society, and seniors who maintain their independence and are able to stay in their homes longer.
Any prevention strategy must include the following key initiatives in order to be successful:
All of these initiatives are accomplished with CarpeVITA’s Health Networks using our CV4P™ approach. CV4P™ stands for Prediction, Prevention, Personalization and Participation. When those four things are the focus of healthcare, individuals and healthcare providers are able to work together in unique ways to bring about new levels of health and wellness.
All in all, Americans can expect a growing amount of emphasis on prevention in the coming years. It will provide numerous benefits for the health of our nation, some of which include: