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Trust for America's Health Testifies before Congress on Building Prevention into Health Reform
Date:3/31/2009

WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., Executive Director of Trust for America's Health (TFAH) testified today before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health at a hearing entitled, "Making Health Care Work for American Families: Protecting the Public Health." Levi emphasized the savings that could come from investing in prevention, and the importance of incorporating public health into health reform.

The full text of Levi's oral testimony is below:

Good morning. My name is Jeffrey Levi and I am the Executive Director of Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. I would like to thank the members of the Subcommittee for the opportunity to testify on the role of prevention and public health as a component of the health reform debate.

This morning I would like to emphasize two major points:

1. The critical importance of public health programs, in particular population and community-based prevention, in improving the health of Americans and making a reformed health care system more effective.

2. The need to create a reliable, stable funding stream for public health programs and services as part of health reform. Otherwise, the potential benefits of public health to the health care system will be lost.

My written testimony also addresses the need to build the evidence base for prevention programs and invest in public health systems and services research to improve the quality of public health that is delivered in the U.S. Much of what is said there has been covered by Dr. Fielding in his testimony.

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