National Prevention Council to be Established Under New Law

On June 10, 2010, the White House announced an Executive Order to establish the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council under the new healthcare law.

The purpose of the council is to develop a national public health strategy with specific goals for improving Americans’ health, and to recommend actions and timelines for accomplishing those goals. The council will be made up of Cabinet members and other top administration officials.

The council will also produce annual reports from July 1, 2010, through Jan. 1, 2015 that describe progress toward those goals. The reports are to contain a list of national priorities to address “lifestyle behavior modification,” including topics such as substance abuse disorders, smoking cessation, mental health and behavioral health.

Click here to view the White House press release.

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