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Leading Health Foundations Say Prevention is Vital to Health Systems Reform
Date:8/17/2009

Letter signed by leaders of six major foundations says prevention measures must be "scaled up"

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders of six of the nation's top health foundations today made an unprecedented joint call for prevention measures to be central to the reform of our national health systems.

In a letter released today, leaders at The California Endowment, The Kresge Foundation, Nemours, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente, wrote that prevention measures like early health screenings and improved access to healthy food will save both lives and money. Good health, they argue, doesn't start at the doctor's office -- it starts where we live, work, learn and play.

Beginning in 2006, the six foundations, along with technical advisor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, partnered to form the Healthy Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership -- a collaboration of funders looking to help healthy people live in healthy places. Today's letter was released on behalf of the Partnership.

In the letter, the foundation leaders point to several proven examples where community-level prevention measures improved health, saved money, and cultivated community leadership.

"This is a strong national platform for the nation to build on," they write in the letter, available in full at www.convergencepartnership.org. "With additional resources, it could bring considerable improvements in health for all Americans. It is time to scale up these efforts by including robust financial support for community prevention in any health systems reform."

The letter's signatories are:


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