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Comments on Draft National Prevention Strategy

Becky J. Lyon
Deputy Associate Director, Library Operations, National Library of Medicine

Dear Colleagues,

Your input matters. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (the “National Prevention Council”). The Council, consisting of 17 Federal departments and agencies led by the US Surgeon General, is responsible for developing the first-ever National Prevention Strategy, which will be released later this year. The Strategy will address national goals for prevention, health promotion, and integrative and public health. The Council is currently seeking broad public comment on it draft recommendations. The public may comment through January 13, 2011.

The National Prevention Strategy provides an unprecedented opportunity to shift the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention. It will present a vision, goals, recommendations and action items that public, private, nonprofit organizations and individuals can take to reduce preventable death, disease and disability in the United States. The final National Prevention Strategy will also include specific actions that the Federal government and others in the public, private, and non-profit sectors can take to achieve its recommendations. The recommendations and related action items in the final National Prevention Strategy will be based on evidence-based interventions.

NLM knows the value of the work that you do. We would like to encourage you and your communities to provide comments regarding these draft recommendations and related action items. We also encourage you to use National Prevention Strategy as an opportunity to discuss with your communities ways in which your libraries might help increase local awareness and adoption of its recommendations.

National Prevention Strategy draft recommendations

To provide comments on the draft recommendations through January 13, 2011, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/news/reports/nphps.html.

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