Public health has greatly expanded its reach. Once dealing primarily with water, sanitation and infectious diseases, public health departments now treat health issues that are deeply imbedded in our lives. Women In Government is asking you to help educate your listeners on importance of public health by running the enclosed PSAs from one of your state’s legislators.
Public health is the practice and science of preventing disease while promoting good health at the community and population level. Public health improves the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and scientific research related to disease and injury prevention. Public health advocates and professionals are working across all sectors. They know that everything from road design to educational quality can affect whether we stay healthy or get sick. Generally speaking, public health works to prevent illness at the community level while health care offers treatment to individuals who are already sick. The U.S. health system is focused far more on treating illness than preventing it. Of the more than $2.5 trillion dollars spent on health in 2009, only 2 or 3 percent was spent on prevention and even less was directed to public health programs. The vast majority of our health care spending is used to treat conditions that could have been prevented in the first place.
This year, in an effort to increase education, awareness, and funding for public health throughout the United States, Women In Government, a non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators, hosted our 19th Annual State Directors’ and Tenth Biennial First Term Legislators’ Conferences. At this conference, we asked women state legislators from across the country to record public service announcements about public health. This PSA campaign was only one of the latest steps in Women In Government’s efforts to promote overall awareness and education on public health issues.
Source: Press Release – Women In Government Foundation, Inc.
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