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Trust for America's Health Supports Recommendations from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America
Date:4/2/2009

educe rates of disease and health care costs at the same time.

The recent American Reinvestment and Recovery Act provided a historic investment in community-based disease prevention. This was an important start -- and an important down payment -- for reducing health care costs over the long term. As President Obama said, this money will 'keep millions of Americans from setting foot in the doctor's office in the first place.' Moving forward, to realize the full potential return of keeping people healthy, community-based disease prevention must become a centerpiece of health care reform."

The RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America is a national, independent and nonpartisan group comprising innovators and leaders with a rich diversity of experience and depth of knowledge. The Commission's charge was to focus on factors beyond medical care to identify practical and innovative strategies for improving the nation's health. Some key findings from their report include that:

  • How long and how well Americans live depends more on where we live, learn, work and play than on medical care, which accounts for only an estimated 10 to 15 percent of early deaths;
  • Some Americans can expect to die 20 years earlier than others just a few miles away because of differences in education, income, race or ethnicity and where and how they live, that on average;
  • Americans who graduate from college can expect to live five years longer than those who do not complete high school; and
  • People who are poor are more than three times as likelier as those who are affluent to suffer physical limitations from a chronic illness.

For more information about the Commission and for a copy of the Commission's report, Beyond Health Care: New Directions to a Healthier America, go to

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