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The Role of Government in NCD Prevention

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science is seeking your input on chronic disease prevention in the U.S.

Published August 04, 2014

The Role of Government in NCD Prevention

Approximately $2.7 trillion a year is spent annually on healthcare in the United States (17.9% of the total GDP) – a staggering amount. Estimates indicate a substantial savings in both lives and money if more evidence-based preventive care measures are implemented. But perhaps unsurprisingly, The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences to assess disease prevention and health promotion in the U.S. Through more than 70 in-depth interviews with cross-sectoral experts in health prevention, eight themes emerged as strategies and/or priorities in U.S. chronic disease prevention. One of these themes is the supportive role of government in implementing policies and supporting efforts from the broader health and wellness ecosystem.

As one interviewee said:

“The federal government has a key role to play in setting the health strategy for our nation and can serve as the convener of the various stakeholders that will ultimately work together to effect change.  With this said, I do think that we might be underestimating the ability of decentralized governmental infrastructure to make effective change and should look to our state and local governments to implement policies and strategies at a local level.”

The Sackler Institute is soliciting feedback on these themes from now until August 15.

We want to know: What role can individuals or organizations play in convincing the government (local or federal) that chronic disease prevention is a priority on the national or local agenda?

Tell us what you think. There are three ways you can participate.

For more information about each theme and the grant, visit