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.