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The Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund in Your State: Delaware
The Prevention and Public Health Fund offers an unprecedented investment in promoting wellness, preventing disease, and protecting against public health emergencies. Much of this work is done in partnership with States and communities. The Affordable Care Act, the health care law of 2010, makes this funding possible.
States and communities are using Prevention Fund dollars to:
Preventing Chronic Disease: A Smart Investment
Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes – are responsible for seven of 10 deaths among Americans each year. They account for 75% of the nation’s health spending. Focusing on prevention can both improve the health of Americans and help control health care spending. In fact, a report from Trust for America's Health entitled Prevention for a Healthier America concluded that investing $1 in proven community-based programs could yield a return of $5.60.
The Prevention Fund helps Delaware tackle the leading causes of death and root causes of costly, preventable chronic disease; detect and respond rapidly to health security threats; and prevent accidents and injuries. With this investment, the Affordable Care Act helps States and the nation as a whole focus on fighting disease and illness before they happen.
How the Fund Improves Wellness and Prevention for Delawareans
Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $1.7 million in Prevention Fund grants to Delaware and organizations in Delaware in efforts related to:
Community Prevention ($559,000): Funding supports prevention activities proven to reduce health care costs and improve healthy behaviors.
Clinical Prevention ($51,000): Funding supports programs to improve Americans' access to important preventive services and the full range of care necessary to meet diverse healthcare needs.
Public Health Infrastructure and Training ($1,151,000): These efforts help State and local health departments meet 21st century challenges.
Building on Other Administration Initiatives that Promote Prevention
The Obama Administration takes a broad approach to addressing the health and well-being of our communities. Other initiatives that promote prevention in States and communities include the following:
Posted: February 14, 2012