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Reducing Chronic Diseases Critical to Economic Recovery and Health Reform
Date:5/14/2009

oward making the prevention of chronic diseases a national priority."

At the press conference, Carmona, who is also Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona, was joined by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a senior member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) who leads the Prevention and Public Health Working Group; Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University; and Virginia Wangerin, R.N., M.S.N., President of the Iowa Nurses Association.

"We have heard millions of voices across the nation, by way of the President's forums on health reform and other public events, calling for immediate action to resolve our economic challenges and improve health care in America," said Thorpe. "What the Almanac shows is that without reducing and better managing our country's chronic disease rates and changing our delivery system from a treatment-oriented system to a prevention-oriented one, any short-term economic or health reform action will result in long-term failure."

In addition to the hundreds of charts and statistics included in the Almanac, the publication also includes commentary from sponsoring organizations and excerpts from statements by national leaders in the areas of chronic disease, prevention and health care reform.

"Unless we can realign our health care incentives to encourage preventive care and better disease management, our current course of 'inaction' will soon cause irreparable damage to our nation's economic viability and the strength of our greatest national asset: the health and wellbeing of the American people," Thorpe continued. "As we enter into a critical phase of the health reform discussion, lawmakers and the public should be awar
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