Health and Human Services Unveils New Prevention Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in late September the release of $373 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to fund a new public health program “Communities Putting Prevention to Work.” This evidence-based initiative will make significant advances in lowering chronic disease rates, reducing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities, helping people lead healthier lives, and increasing the productivity of the nation’s workforce. American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network SM (ACS CAN) president Daniel E. Smith attended the announcement.

Funded projects will focus on effective strategies that will foster healthy behaviors by systems changes in schools (K-12) and communities. A press release on today's announcement from HHS can be viewed here. More information can be found at

ACS CAN volunteers tirelessly advocated for increased prevention funding in the economic stimulus legislation. A statement on economic stimulus legislation bill signing can be found here.

ACS CAN believes the new program can serve as an important starting point for elevating wellness and prevention and refocusing our health care system on preventing disease altogether, rather than just treating individuals after they become sick.