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 Welcome to the National Prevention Strategy

​The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council and called for the creation of the National Prevention Strategy (NPS). Guided and developed by the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health the NPS is the core component to realize the prevention goals and objectives delineated under the ACA building on the law’s effort to reduce health care costs, improve the quality of care, and provide health insurance coverage for the uninsured.
Building on the foundation that lifelong health begins at birth and continues throughout all stages of life the overarching goal of the NPS is increasing the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.
The NPS prioritizes prevention by integrating recommendations and actions across multiple sectors to improve health and save lives.
To achieve the goals of the NPS, the Strategy identifies four (4) Strategic Directions and seven (7) target Priorities.
Providing a foundation for all of the nation’s prevention efforts, the Strategic Directions include recommendations to build a prevention-oriented society.
Clinical and Preventive Services
• Empowered People
• Elimination of Health Disparities
Within this framework, the Priorities provide evidence-based recommendations that are most likely to reduce the burden of the leading causes of preventable death and disease. The seven priorities are:
• Tobacco Free Living
• Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use
• Healthy Eating
• Active Living
• Injury and Violence Free Living
• Reproductive and Sexual Health
• Mental and Emotional Well-Being
What is the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council?
The National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council), called for by the Affordable Care Act, provides coordination and leadership at the federal level and among all executive agencies regarding prevention, wellness, and health promotion practices. It is composed of the heads of 17 federal agencies and chaired by Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.

 NACCHO and The National Prevention Strategy

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) representing the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments is advancing the nation’s efforts to prevent diseases and helping American’s live more healthful and productive lives. NACCHO in conjunction with its membership support the achievement of the goals delineated under the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) and are taking action along with local partners, and local communities to promote policy, system, and environmental change strategies to address disease risk factors.

Through this initiative NACCHO:
• Support the adoption, implementation, and integration of the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) with local health departments (LHDs)
• Collaborate with CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support and other equivalent national associations to identify specific needs, develop appropriate tools and resources, and support communication efforts to integrate the NPS into priority initiatives
• Assess LHDs training and technical assistance needs in implementing the NPS into their program planning, and
• Develop and disseminate training and technical assistance resources (e.g., factsheets, newsletters, toolkits, webinars, and webcasts) to promote the NPS 
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