Since its earliest days, the Obama Administration has worked to improve the health and well-being of our families and our communities. From tackling childhood obesity, to combating the tobacco epidemic, to expanding access to affordable health coverage, the Administration has focused on innovative and meaningful ways to support a healthier America.
The Administration believes that prevention and public health are a top priority because they have lasting effects on the health of Americans. That’s why the Affordable Care Act provides unprecedented resources through the Prevention and Public Health Fund to support community-based strategies to prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and support public health. Communities across the country are working with their public health leaders, employers, schools and citizens and across sectors like health, transportation, housing and education, to build partnerships that promote healthy lifestyles.
The Affordable Care Act also created the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, which provides federal leadership to engage states, communities, and private partners in creating a healthier America through the recommendations of the National Prevention Strategy. The Prevention Fund is supporting projects that will put the National Prevention Strategy into action, helping to move the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention.
But we know that efforts to promote the public’s health and prioritize prevention happen in America’s towns and cities, in schools and parks, in churches and community centers. Every day, local leaders across America’s communities are stepping up in big ways to make sure all Americans have the opportunity to live a healthy life.
This September, the White House will host a “Champions of Change” event to celebrate these local change-agents, whose exemplary leadership is helping to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in our communities.
The event will bring together and honor extraordinary individuals who are taking innovative approaches to support longer, healthier lives in communities across the country. These leaders will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase their actions to support healthier communities.
Today, we’re asking you to help us identify these standout local leaders by nominating a Champion of Change for Public Health and Prevention by midnight on Friday, August 9th. A Champion’s work may involve:
We are looking forward to hosting this event and to highlighting the great work communities across the country are doing to advance the health and well-being of the American people.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Nominate a Prevention and Public Health Leader as a Champion of Change (under theme of service, choose "Prevention and Public Health Leaders").
Carole Johnson works at the Domestic Policy Council.