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Trust for America's Health Calls for Worksite Wellness Programs for ALL Workers

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The non-profit Trust for America's Health is calling for a revamp of public health management at the federal, state and local levels in a report that urges a greater focus on preventive care.The report, called "A Healthier America 2013: Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health Care in the Next Four Years" argues that the different agencies in HHS involved with preventive healthcare should work more closely together to coordinate efforts, and existing attempts to become more coordinated have been too slow in creation.

At the local level, meanwhile, the Trust for America's Health authors recommend that public health departments take more responsibility for the public's health and strengthen their role as chief health strategist in the community.

The Trust identifies worksite wellness programs for ALL workers as a high impact prevention policy and a priority for public health partnerships outside of the traditional health care field. Public sector employers at the federal, state, and local level are called to lead the way by offering comprehensive wellness programs. Small employers, who employ approximately 50% of the workforce nationwide, will need assistance from public health departments, hospitals and others to implement programs.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 7:27 AM

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