Prevention and Health Reform - The Glass is Still More than Half Full


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This course is provided by Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and will require a secondary login and/or registration.


Recent budget cuts to state, local, and tribal health departments have considerably reduced public health capacity across the country. Yet, at the same time, health reform at the federal level promises new and exciting opportunities for prevention. In the March Hot Topics Jeffrey Levi, PhD, Executive Director of Trust for America's Health and Professor of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, will provide an update on the technical aspects of the reform and why public health practitioners can be hopeful about the changes.


 Levi will explain why, despite a cut in the Prevention and Public Health Fund, communities can look forward to $12.5 billion in new investments for prevention over the next ten years. This funding, combined with the National Prevention Council's implementation of a "health in all policies" approach and Medicaid and Medicare's new population health approach to services, offer the promise of a transformed course for public health in the United States. A greater understanding of these reforms will help practitioners message the role of public health to community partners and other decision-makers as we move forward into this new phase.


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Target Audience

This course is designed for local and state public health practitioners, public health nurses, and public health professionals outside of government.


Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify new partners in prevention for public health
  2. List five priorities of the National Prevention Strategy
  3. Describe the new vision for public health and community agencies


Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  1. 7C.1 (Tier 3): Leverages the interrelationships of local, state, and federal public health and health care systems for public health program management
  2. 8C.2 (Tier 3): Integrates systems thinking into public health practice
  3. 8C.3 (Tier 3): Partners with stakeholders to determine key values and a shared vision as guiding principles for community action
  4. 8C.8 (Tier 3): Ensures organizational practices are in concert with changes in the public health system, and the larger social, political, and economic environment
  5. 8C.9 (Tier 3): Ensures the management of organizational change


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