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New Jersey Leaders Join Forces to Battle Chronic Disease
Date:4/16/2008

National Coalition to Tackle Number One Cause of Death and Disability

TRENTON, N.J., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Stressing the major toll that chronic diseases take on the state's health care system, a broad, bipartisan coalition of influential New Jersey residents in the health care, business, labor and faith communities yesterday launched New Jersey Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a coalition committed to making chronic disease the key health care issue for current legislators, policy makers and candidates in the upcoming elections.

The PFCD is led nationally by Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006), Chairperson of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and President of the non-profit Canyon Ranch Institute; and Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., Chair, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a former White House health policy advisor.

During two news conferences yesterday in Voorhees and Trenton, the New Jersey PFCD announced the launch of coalition that includes representatives from the healthcare, business, labor, education, faith, and community-based organizations. While many of the groups would not ordinarily be on the same side of an issue, they have now come together to support this critical public awareness and call to action campaign.

Dr. Thorpe, one of the nation's leaders in the fight against chronic disease, said it is imperative that policy makers place this issue at the top of their agenda -- and that citizens strongly encourage them to do so.

"Preventable and poorly managed chronic diseases damage America's quality of life and cause health care costs to skyrocket," he said. "Leaders from both sides of the aisle must address this issue now and create a health care system, rather than a sick care system. By uniting in our commitment to shine a spotlight on this crisis that impacts every New Jersey resident -- and every American -- we can sa
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