Don’t you think it’s time to get a return on our investment?
The American Public Health
Association thinks so. The theme for this year’s National Public Health
Week (NPHW), which starts today, is “Public Health is ROI: Saves Lives,
Saves Money.” The week brings together hundreds of communities
countrywide to celebrate the contributions of a strong public health
system and to help improve and protect our nation’s health.
The theme highlights the
importance of well-supported health systems in constraining health care
spending, preventing diseases and saving lives.
For example, with Maryland’s
direct health care expenditures for smokers over $2.2 billion annually,
preventing the start of tobacco use among youth and young adults,
while also assisting those who want to quit, is a proven strategy with a
positive return on investment that can reach as high as $5 for every $1
invested in tobacco control. The Maryland Tobacco Quitline
1-800-QUIT-NOW, has recently expanded services - including web and text
options, as well as enhanced phone counseling to pregnant women and
teenage tobacco users. As always, all services provided by the Maryland
Tobacco Quitline are free of charge for participants, but they save all
of us money by helping smokers quit.
People can get involved in
National Public Health Week by registering organizations as NPHW
partners, adding events to the NPHW calendar, attending or organizing
events or by sending messages to Congress members about certain public
APHA encourages people to eat
healthy, exercise regularly, avoid tobacco and stay up-to-date on
recommended vaccines. Focusing on these activities can help people live
longer and healthier lives.
For more information on NHPW and what you can do to participate, visit http://www.nphw.org/