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Promoting Prevention

On Wednesday, the White House issued a press release announcing an Executive Order establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.

The Surgeon General will serve as the Chair of the Council, also shall be composed of:
(1) the Secretary of Agriculture;
(2) the Secretary of Labor;
(3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services;
(4) the Secretary of Transportation;
(5) the Secretary of Education;
(6) the Secretary of Homeland Security;
(7) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;
(8) the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission;
(9) the Director of National Drug Control Policy;
(10) the Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council;
(11) the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs;
(12) the Chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and
(13) the head of any other executive department or agency that the Chair may, from time to time, determine is appropriate.

The President will also be establishing an Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. The Advisory Group will have up to 25 non-federal members appointed by the President who will develop policy and program recommendations and advise the Council on lifestyle-based chronic disease prevention and management, integrative health care practices, and health promotion.

After obtaining ideas from relevant stakeholders and working closely with the Advisory Group, the Council will devise a National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy that will:
* Set specific goals, measurable actions and timelines to carry out the strategy to reduce the incidence of preventable illness and disability in the U.S. and promote health and well-being, and;
* Make recommendations to improve federal efforts relating to prevention, health promotion, public health, and integrative health-care practices to ensure that federal efforts are consistent with available standards and evidence.

For more on federal promotion of prevention activities, see this fact sheet.