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HHS Releases First National Prevention Strategy for Improving Health of All Americans

Today, members of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, including Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin (Chair), as well as Senator Tom Harkin and Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, announced the release of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The National Prevention Council, which is composed of 17 federal agencies, developed the strategy with consultation from outside experts and stakeholders.


The strategy outlines four strategic directions that, together, are fundamental to improving the nation's health:

  • Building Healthy and Safe Community Environments
  • Expanding Quality Preventive Services in Both Clinical and Community Settings
  • Empowering People to Make Healthy Choice
  • Eliminating Health Disparities

Following the launch, HHS hosted a Q&A call Thursday afternoon.On this call, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin reported that the strategy includes seven domains for evidence-based prevention efforts to address the five leading causes of death. Dr. Koh recognized the importance of partners and leadership of states throughout the country to make the National Prevention Strategy come alive.Feedback and ideas related to implementation of the National Prevention Strategy can be submitted to

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